About Alex

I’m a graphic designer that's passionate about working with ethical and eco-friendly products and services. I founded alnmakes in 2011 after finishing my degree in Graphic Design. I haven’t stopped working as a freelancer since, and by golly do I love it. I specialise in branding identity, websites and hand lettering.

Stop Black Deaths in Custody

By |2020-12-09T03:23:02+00:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Lettering|Tags: , |

Follow @stopblackdeathsincustody on Instagram and turn on notifications. They are a really valuable resource for keeping up to date with what's happening for current and new cases or how the system is failing and killing First Nations people.If everyone was treated the same, you would be scared to fall asleep on a train after having a beer.

Unity Through Community

By |2020-12-09T03:16:09+00:00November 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Illustration, Lettering|Tags: , , , |

My dudes! Did up this piece today for the @lettering_ladies prompt. I have been meaning to spend a few solid hours lettering for ages, it's so nice to get lost in creating art on a rainy Sunday 🍃🌧️ Featured In This piece was featured in @lettering_ladies, @womenoftype and @weallcareaustralia


By |2020-12-09T02:47:10+00:00August 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Illustration, Lettering|Tags: , , |

I haven't felt like making art lately. Just cbf! And when I haven't made art in a while I get this looming anxiety that I haven't made art which makes me not want to make art and the cycle continues. But today when I was elbow deep in compost saying hello to worms and getting dirty, I decided that I would make something. It's by no means a masterpiece, but hey at least I followed through. Show me your half cooked art that's an attempt to get back in the swing of things x 🦠 [...]

Resources for Allies

By |2020-12-09T02:37:31+00:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Lettering|Tags: , , |

Resources for Allies Frontier War Stories — Podcast by Boe Spearim Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race — Book by Reni Eddo-Lodge Dark Emu — Book by Bruce Pascoe Australia Day — Book by Stan Grant Decolonizing Solidarity — Book by Clare Land A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first Agriculturalists — TEDxSydney YouTube video by Bruce Pascoe What Is It Like To Be Aboriginal — TEDxUWA YouTube video by Tui Raven Australia, we need to talk —TEDxPerth YouTube video by Cally Jetta The myth of Aboriginal stories being myths — [...]

Sorry Day

By |2020-12-09T02:28:00+00:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Lettering|Tags: , , |

May 26 is Sorry Day, I am remembering the stolen generations and stolen land. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land. I acknowledge the Dharawal/ Tharawal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which reside. I acknowledge the elders past, present and emerging. Today and every day, I am sorry.

What does Anxiety feel like?

By |2020-12-09T02:27:51+00:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Lettering|Tags: , , , |

How's everyone holding up out there? About a year ago I started listening to Terrible, Thanks for Asking which had a great guest on there. She was a little girl with wisdom beyond her years, who had what's called an anxiety box. In it were little treasures that make her happy, along with these mindful questions. What does anxiety feel like? Break down the experience you're having in your body. What are you worried about? Think objectively about what's making you jazzed. What will make you happy? Is it something that you [...]

I See You — IWD 2020

By |2020-03-11T00:41:56+00:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Animation, Illustration, Lettering|Tags: , , , |

As a white, middle class cis woman, I celebrate IWD for women's achievements generally, but this year I'm focussing on those who aren't seen enough. First nations women. Women of colour. Trans women. Women in poverty. Survivors of domestic abuse that identify as women. If you wanna join in, upload your artwork to Instagram with the hashtag #iseeyou2020 and tag me @alnmakes. Please spread the word, you do research and encourage your loved ones to donate to local orgs that support underprivileged women. See women, hear women, raise them up.

Fundraiser for RFS

By |2020-03-11T00:23:23+00:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Fundraising|Tags: , , , |

In January I set up my first fundraiser to raise money for our wonderful fire fighters - ALL PROFITS DONATED! I designed, organised and paid for tee printing and sold these $30 shirts for NSW Rural Fire Service. The tees were printed by a great company in Sydney - Black Sun Printing Co. I nearly hit my goal of selling 30 shirts in total, but with only five left I'm still pretty chuffed with the result (if you're interested in buying a shirt, please email me — alexandra@alnmakes.com). Once they're all sold I'll have raised over [...]

Compassion Over Comparison

By |2020-05-22T06:43:55+00:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Animation, Illustration, Lettering|Tags: , , , |

A very dear friend said this to me one time when I apologised for complaining about my wisdom teeth when she was going through something much tougher! The full quote was "Don't be sorry, we don't do comparisons here, only compassion." She is a beautiful friend. Illustration based from a photograph by @amyshamblen

Comparing Yourself to Others

By |2020-03-11T00:20:39+00:00December 11th, 2019|Categories: Illustration, Lettering|Tags: , , , , , |

Thoughts of everyone I have ever compared myself to on social media or face to face belong in the trash, whether it's creative or physical comparisons. I am the only me and you are the only you and that is great. Tag someone who needs to hear this 🗑️

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