Philadelphia native Joanne Fink loves letters... words... and writing inspiring sentiments. A gifted calligrapher, art director and designer, Joanne founded her studio, Lakeside Design (www.lakeside-design.com), after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Located in Longwood, Florida, Lakeside Design, specializes in developing products for the gift, stationery, craft and faith-based markets.
After spending 20+ years as an art director, the lure of ink-on-paper proved too strong and Joanne returned to the drawing board. A year later, she launched her new Zenspirations™ brand, and over the past several years has licensed Zenspirations designs for many products including greeting cards, giftware, t-shirts and jewelry. You can learn more about Zenspirations, and see some of Joanne's videos on her website www.zenspirations.com, or on Sakura's website, www.sakuraofamerica.com.
Joanne teaches her method of patterned drawing in her best-selling books, Zenspirations Letters & Patterning, Zenspirations Dangle Designs, and the new expanded Zenspirations Dangle Design Workbook. For more Zenspirations fun, check out the three new Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern & Play books-- released just in time for the holidays!
Joanne started her career as a greeting card designer, and spent 11 years as the Design Editor for Greetings etc. magazine. She enjoys teaching, and is excited about the series of Zenspirations workshops she'll be offering in 2014. An expert in Art Licensing, Joanne often coaches artists who are interested in learning about the art licensing industry. Her other books include Greeting Card Design, the 22nd and 23rd Editions of The Speedball Textbook, The Lettershop Calligraphy Project Kit (with Cheryl Adams), Lettering Arts (with Judy Kastin) and Faber Castell's Brush Lettering and Calligraphy kit, and her new gift book for Harvest House, With God All Things are Possible.
A passionate advocate for artist's rights, Joanne has a long history of community service. She was the Founding President of the international Association for the Calligraphic Arts, and was one of the Founding Board Members of the American Guild of Judaic Art. She served on the Board of Directors of the Greeting Card Association from 2001 - 2009, and co-chaired the Craft and Hobby Association's License & Design Advisory Board from 2008-2011. Before that Joanne served as President of the Foundation for the Calligraphic Arts; locally she is active in the Jewish community and has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center and the Holocaust Center of Central Florida.
When not at her drawing board, Joanne enjoys Pinterest, singing, reading, playing word games and spending time with friends and family.