Gemma O'brien

Gemma O'Brien Lettering Workshop


We were thrilled to have Gemma O'Brien in all the way from Australia as a keynote speaker and workshop instructor for the WeMake 2015 design conference earlier this month. Gemma is delightful. She's young, talented, and a pleasure to learn from. During her class attendees had a chance to browse through her original sketches and learn the ways of lettering from her process.


All attendees received a limited edition Scout Book, pens from Sakura, and all supplies needed to create various lettering techniques, including working directly with indian dye and balsa wood.

I really enjoyed how she included the students into the process of learning by having them put up their work on a wall together. With each practiced technique the wall got added to and in the end it looked like a work of art all on its own.

We look forward to having Gemma visit again, I think she may have fell for Portland just a little :)

See more photos here!

Mrs. Eaves aka Gemma O'Brien

I feel like my practice sits between design and art. Art provides me with deeper conceptual inspiration in a way that design sometimes cannot. —Almost Real Interview

Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specializing in lettering, typography and illustration. Her work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type, to large scale hand-painted murals. In addition to advertising commissions, gallery shows and speaking engagements, she hosts hand-lettering workshops around the world. A number of her projects have been recognized by the  New York Type Directors Club with Awards of Typographic Excellence. 

After dropping out of Law School Gemma moved to Sydney and studied a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts. The young designer made a name for herself when she released the video Write Here, Write Now (a university project) which became a YouTube sensation. She's blossomed into a type goddess since then. 

Recently Gemma was chosen as one of the winners of this years ADC Young Guns award. She has created work for clients including Woolworths, QANTAS, Heinz, The New York Times, Volcom, Angus & Julia Stone, Monster Children, Smirnoff and Kirin.  Gemma has also worked in art direction for motion graphics at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete. In her spare time Gemma travels and draws puke puns on barf bags .

Gemma is represented by The Jacky Winter Group and is a Volcom Womens Ambassador for creative and art based projects.

We are so excited to have her as a keynote speaker during WeMake Celebrates on Friday, October 2,2015. You can grab tickets here.