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  • New Artist Spotlight: Lucy Young

New Artist Spotlight: Lucy Young

While Lucy Young has been a beloved member of the Dixie family since February 2018 and has served as our Design Director since January 2019, we could not be more excited to now introduce her as one of our artists this season! Lucy, a Birmingham. Alabama native, has gravitated towards coastal towns since graduating from Auburn University with a BFA in Graphic Design. After a fellowship with Coastal Living magazine, she worked as the Assistant Art Director for a boutique marketing firm and publishing house along the shores of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. While there, she began to introduce watercolor illustrations into her layout designs, and she quickly fell in love with the technique.

After marrying her husband, Patrick, in the summer of 2017, she made the move to Mobile, Alabama, where she currently resides and works as a full-time graphic designer, illustrator, and calligrapher. She finds so much joy in bringing ideas to life through typography, color and paper. Evening walks around Mobile with her husband and pup, Galley, curling up with a good book, spending time with loved ones, and brownie blizzards are some of her very favorite things. 

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Continue scrolling for some images of Lucy's Dixie artwork in-progress as well as the finished cards in our holiday collection that feature her artwork. We have also included our Q&A with Lucy below.

Dream destination:  

Israel

Magical place: 

Paris

Ideal dinner date: 

J.K. Rowling

Favorite album: 

Alabama Christmas by Alabama for the holidays and anything Frank Sinatra for the rest of the year.

Recommended read: 

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Favorite recent film: 

Midnight in Paris

Favorite foods: 

All things chocolate, charcuterie boards and sushi

Power color: 

Ochre/Mustard Yellow

Beach or mountains: 

The beach! I lived in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida for a few years after graduating from Auburn. It holds such special memories for me!

Inspiration: 

Travel, podcasts and books/book stores

Prized possession: 

My box full of letters, cards and invitations that I have kept over the years.

Preferred sign-off: 

“Warmly, Lucy” for everyday correspondence and “xoxo” for friends

Etiquette tip: 

Sending a thank you note! (Sometimes I’m late, but sending it late is better than never…)

Writing utensil: 

Black uni-ball micro point pen.

Road trip game: 

Finding a list of questions online that spark interesting conversations.

Go-to hostess gift: 

A fancy bottle of olive oil, stationery or a candle.

Hidden talent:

I can throw a mean spiral with a football!

Perfect cup of joe: 

I actually don’t drink coffee! Dr. Pepper is my choice of caffeine.

Childhood dream job: 

An artist or a pediatrician. I went the artist route and live vicariously through my husband who is in medical school.

Creative fuel: 

New supplies and a clean working space

Tool of the trade: 

My light pad! I couldn’t address envelopes without it! 

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Card Image Photography: Mary Catherine Brownfield Photography