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Skillshare Talks | Self-Taught to Self-Employed: Peggy Dean on Building Her Creative Career

Peggy Dean, The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

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    • Self-Taught to Self-Employed

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About This Class

Welcome, everyone! Thanks for your interest in my creative journey. I hope that you can take something from this raw talk and apply it to your own journey. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.



This short video is the first in our new Skillshare Talks series that shares footage from live conversations with our teacher community.

Join the Skillshare team at our NYC headquarters with Peggy Dean - a self-taught calligrapher, artist, and creative entrepreneur. In March 2018, members of our local community came together to hear Peggy's journey from teaching herself calligraphy to launching her own creative business. She speaks candidly about challenges she's faced along the way and offers strategies for overcoming hurdles to following your passion. 


Peggy, the woman behind the popular brand The Pigeon Letters, is a best-selling author and award-winning educator. Her work has been featured on NBC’s the Today Show, and she has collaborated with brands such as Daniel Wellington, Mixbook, and Wacom. Peggy also travels the world sharing her skills with others.

Whether you're searching for inspiration, ready to start your own business, or just a fan of Peggy, we hope you enjoy her honest and intimate talk."


Filmed and Edited by Gabriel Noguez



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Enjoyed the class!
I just loved this. So honest & authentic & funny & encouraging. Thanks for sharing your journey, Peggy!
Nicole North Rodriguez

good stuff, nicole

Peggy Dean doesn't say anything I haven't heard over and over for years, yet she brings such joy and energy to her presentation that I immediately want to take action. This class definitely goes into my library for those times when I need a kick in the seat of the pants to just get up and get going. Great inspiration.





Peggy Dean

The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

Hey hey! I'm Peggy. I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and I love all things creative. From a young age I was dipping everything I could into the arts. I've dabbled in quite an abundance of varieties, such as ballet, fire dancing, crafting, graphic design, traditional calligraphy, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolors, illustrating, creative writing, jazz, you name it. If it's something involving being artistic, I've probably cycled through it a time or two (or 700).


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