Chalkboard Art by Dana Tanamachi

Dana Tanamachi’s chalk works are brilliant.  Dana is available for custom lettering on chalkboards, chalk walls – anything with a chalkboard wall or chalkboard paint surface.

Dana’s specialty lies in large-scale installation pieces – her goal:  to make a statement that people can really interact with.  Obviously, her larger scale works are best-suited for restaurants, kitchens, a wall of a home, but much of what she does can be translated into a reception venue.

From the artist:

A big inspiration behind my work is the idea of community. It brings me great joy to see people dancing, eating, and laughing with my chalk pieces as the backdrop. Even the idea of creating these pieces was birthed out of my community of friends here in Brooklyn. I find that I am continually inspired by so many of the creative people that I live life with—it’s those friends who initially saw my love of letterforms and encouraged me to explore that passion even further.

What I love about chalk is that it is such an ephemeral medium. We use it to scribble or doodle with, but rarely do we consider carefully crafting something with it. Maybe it goes against our practical nature—why spend time on something that will be gone in a day, week or month? But that’s why it’s the perfect medium— because for me it’s about the process. I love starting out on a clean wall, climbing up on a ladder, sketching with broad strokes, refining the letterforms, adding little details, etc. It’s a chance for me to take a break from the computer and create something purely by hand. I’m such a crafter at heart!

The way the artist crafts these giant landscapes is unbelievable.  The fact that each perfect typeface letter pours from her hand = impressive.  Check out this time lapse video of Dana working her magic, here.

Images from 100 Layer Cake

Wedding mini chalkboards shot by Kelsey Foster

Brooklyn photo shot by Eric Ryan Anderson


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