Q&A featuring Doris of Love Lettering

Q: What is the one stationery item you couldn’t live without?

A:  At the moment I love my Sakura Pigma Sensei pens, they are great for lettering and illustrating. But my Uniball Signo in White is a very close second, like photograph finish close.

Q: Who are some of your favourite Canadian designers/artists?

A: Oh my gosh, I cannot really choose!  I think as a creative I am drawn to a lot of designers, so let’s talk lettering.  Jacqui Oakley does some beautiful work and Ben Johnston has a more organized way of layout and lettering but really modern and graphic which I enjoy too.

Q: What do you do when you hit a creative roadblock?

A: To be honest, I have never really encountered a road block, because I suppressed my creativity for so long, I am sort of bursting at the seams with ideas.  But I imagine walking around downtown Toronto, in brick and mortar shops and vintage stores would give me inspiration for new ideas.  Exploring and seeing new things knock roadblocks down, this I am pretty confident about.

Q: Name five spots you love to go in your city.

A: The Paper Place, Kid Icarus, any art supply or stationery shop in Toronto, Chapters, and HK cafes, its even better to visit these places with people that share the same interest.

Q: Fill in the blank: Snail mail is…..

A: An unexpected gift and a colorful, thoughtful surprise amongst a stack of boring grey bills and noisy junk mail.  Snail mail makes you feel thought of and noticed, a feeling that cannot be replaced with an email.

Q: What does your creative space look like?

A: I have 2 studio spaces, one for office and shipping and the other is for art in progress, both are filled with supplies and beautiful things I use to be inspired and to create. I feel most creative surrounded by things I find beautiful, its a mix of old vintage and ornate modern pieces. I love upcycling and bring home curb pieces all the time!


Doris Wai is the founder and talent of Love Lettering. Having known that creativity was her calling at an early age, this artistic mom started the company to explore and share her beautiful hand lettering with the world. Known for her “Posecards,” Doris’ wedding line has captivated many bride-to-bes’ hearts and has taken photo props to a new level.