billie claire

hand lettering, floral profanity, and major sass

washington - dc             @billieclairehandmade             

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This was our kingdom growing up. Gondoliering through cacti and sage brush. (I'm the bald one on the left.)

This was our kingdom growing up. Gondoliering through cacti and sage brush. (I'm the bald one on the left.)

Oh, hi! My name is Billie Claire, and I am an illustrator and digital artist, specializing in ink drawings, hand lettering, and digital design.

I grew up in the desert mountains of New Mexico, where I chased blue tailed lizards with my sister, built forts, and biked to the pool every summer. From there, I went to school in New Orleans, where I fell in love with both a man (my husband) and a city. I had the privilege of working at Preservation Jazz Hall and as an event planner for the Contemporary Arts Center; and I got to ride the street car to work every day. I love that city like I would a person, and my chest swells when I even think of those oak tree lined streets and the French Quarter. I moved to Austin in 2009, and after working with pups for a bit and full-time teaching for a bit, I quit my day-job and started my own businesses. During my time in Austin, my day was split between Billie Claire and The Hermes Lab - where I taught after school clubs like sewing and crafts, and enrichment classes like world geography and social studies. In April 2019, my husband and I packed up a truck and moved across the states to Washington, DC. After being in Austin for a decade, it was time for some new adventure! We’re thrilled to have shorter summers, to be just a few hours from the beach AND mountains, and to be surrounded by so many amazing cities like Philly and New York.

Here are some general thoughts:

1. I freaking love goats and dogs, and cats. And camels and llamas and horses. Really, any creature that has some floofy hair that I can ruffle and snuggle. The Exotic Resort Zoo is my favorite place in Texas, and if you haven’t been there, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

2. I could eat tacos for every meal of every day and still love them.

3. Micron ink pens are the very best, and what I use for every single drawing I make. There is NOTHING BETTER than a brand new ink pen.

4. The natural cubic formation of pyrite is one of my most favorite things; it blows my mind that nature can make something like that, and it’s all MATH. (And chemistry.) (And maybe proof of aliens.)

5. Favorite people include: Roald Dahl. Greg Vendetti. Robert Plant. Bing Crosby. Cab Calloway.