Radio Silence Part 1: 🤫💩🤐

Where I’ve been for the last few years

It’s been awhile since I’ve addressed anyone publicly. It’s been even longer since I’ve addressed you personally. There’s a good reason for my detachment and frequent, sporadic hiatuses. I’ll get to this later, but at the very least, I would like to address my communicative point of view and change it going forward.

Someday, my hope is to be able to explain my reason for all of this in detail. For now, let’s just call it “sh!t happened” (or rather, 🤫💩🤐 as a filter going forward).

Over the past several months, I’m sure you’ve noticed me addressing you by using first-person plural “we” instead of “I.” Occasionally, this was and will remain intentional. I do have a small team helping out with Crayligraphy—so in some instances it makes sense—but I realized how insincere “our” words translated when they came directly from me.

So first and foremost, allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Colin Tierney.

I am the founder of Crayligraphy (previously Crayoligraphy 🤫💩🤐). When I introduced Crayligraphy almost 3 years ago, I let it live under the umbrella of my independent design studio, Tierney. My goal for building Crayligraphy was to create a space to help you learn the ins and outs of calligraphy through the untraditional way of a marker.

Since the beginning of 2018, I made the decision to separate Crayligraphy from Tierney Studio, allowing Crayligraphy to live on its own platform. If you’re a long time visitor, it’s likely you’ve noticed this new website. A site I silently launched.

My reason for the split—other than the fact Tierney Studio and Crayligraphy were conflicting brands offering different services—was because I wanted Crayligraphy to be more than just about me. I wanted it to be about community. I wanted to help others through not only my voice, but through other’s voice as well.

It started off great. I developed a new challenge, featured several talented Crayligraphers through prompts and interviews, brought new people on board to help with social media and workshops, and expanded my audience.

During this transition, however, I began to lose my voice. The voice that promised you value and personal experience in which you might be able to relate to within your own creative journey. I treated Crayligraphy as if it were something bigger. I pretended to be a part of a larger establishment. I thought by reposting artist’s work on Instagram or using “we” instead of “I,” that somehow Crayligraphy would be perceived differently.

Who was I kidding?

Again, there was validity for this decision 🤫💩🤐, but as time passed, I felt less authentic. Even if the idea behind Crayligraphy was bigger than me, I wasn’t doing you any favors by treating it as such.

My intentions were good, but my actions were unclear.

So here I am trying to bring back some clarity. The only way to begin this process is through my own transparent voice. Or words. Er uh, chicken scratch. If you’ve reached this point and have nothing but rolling eyes, I totally get it. What’s the point of this? Why am I writing about nonsense that doesn’t pertain to you?

At the very least, this space is a way for me to heal by telling my story. Consider it a cathartic documentation necessary for me to move forward with Crayligraphy and more importantly, my life.

This is a start to alleviate the barrier that’s keeping me from helping you.

As much as I would love to be 100% crystal clear, I have to diffuse some of the specifics of my radio silence. I’ll give it the old college try, but until further notice, the opacity will be set at 50% because well, 🤫💩🤐.

More translucent words (chicken scratch) next week. Until then, Stay Cray.