I’m Swapna, a Dallas-based lettering artist, bookworm, English teacher, mom of two, and all-around nerd. 

Being nerdy is a magical thing.

I love that my fellow nerds are unapologetically odd, wearing their passions on their sleeves and always ready to talk about fan theories for hours. Indulging our nerdy interests reconnects us to our childhood, and shouting them out allows us to find our “people,” no matter where we go.

I create artwork that celebrates books and bring your favorite works of pop culture home. My work appeals to that inner child who wants to scour the internet for images and quotes from that one cartoon that you want to hoard and hold onto forever. You can find my online storefronts here, or nerd out with me on Instagram @nerdladydraws.

In true nerd form, I can’t just stick to one thing. In addition to creating pieces that celebrate books and pop culture, I also handletter custom signs for businesses, homes, and events. I channel my nerd energy into designing chalkboards, painting canvases, and writing on mirrors in order to add a magical sparkle to ordinary spaces. I am a creative problem solver, and I love working closely with clients to create the perfect vibe they are looking for.

On a more personal level…

I’m a full-time English teacher and mom of two mini-nerd ladies. Although I have loved honing my handwriting and art skills since I was a kid, I began officially teaching myself calligraphy and handlettering in 2017. Working on my lettering skills became a way of self-care for me as I learned how to be both a mom and a teacher.

“The Nerd Lady” came alive when I ran out of walls to decorate in my own home. I now work in two distinct fields: nerdy art and custom signs. What can I say? I can’t stick to just one thing!

Craft fairs are such a fun place for me to find my fellow nerds!

I love nerdiness because it’s such a fun way to connect with people. I’ve moved schools a lot as a child and as a teacher. My favorite way of making new friends is by sharing the things I fangirl over. I love how we both light up as soon as we find a common quirky thing to bond over. For me, I know we can be friends if we can connect over Jurassic Park, The Mummy, Harry Potter, or books — all the books!

I create nerdy art to spread that magic of connecting with others over our seemingly irrational, sometimes childish, and nevertheless magnificent passions.

Follow me on Instagram (@nerdladydraws) to see all the random things I get into as I practice my handlettering and art skills!