How exciting to have my story featured on VoyageMIA magazine!
Here’s part of the interview:
Today we’d like to introduce you to Dilenia “Dee” Batista.
Dee please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far. Dillen & Ari is the studio of Dee Batista, a designer and letterer based in Miami (formerly New York). Known for her clean and playful writing style, Dee has created work for clients like Eccolo Ltd and A+E Networks’ Lifetime Latin America:
“Growing up I recall drawing letters on everything from my school backpack to bulleting boards—most people seemed to love my penmanship which came naturally— to me, it was as easy a pie! Time went by and I started to pay attention to stationery, logos, signs and an array of materials that featured hand lettering and found myself more and more attracted to this world of beautiful writing although, in the back of my mind, I thought it was impossible to ever get there.
I’m excited to share my collaboration with A&E Networks Latin America: Lifetime, a channel and brand embodied by its inclusivity and empowerment of all women. I developed a hand lettering series for social media marketing purposes of their movie stunt, “The Kennedys: After Camelot” and “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”. Both Lifetime movie specials exemplify strong women and are represented in the lettering series through some of Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe’s powerful quotes.This was an exciting project as Dillen & Ari was able to showcase its talent in the entertainment space of a Latin American market.
On May 2018, I decided to go for it and showcase my hand-lettering. Shortly after doing so, I got my first licensing deal with Eccolo Ltd.; a family-owned company that manufactures and distributes stationery goods. My ‘DARE TO DREAM’ hand lettered design will soon be seen at department stores not only all over the U.S. but also in Europe – I am beyond excited! It’s definitely a great feeling.This marks the beginning of many more opportunities to come.