It's rare when you meet someone who makes a lasting impression on your life, someone who has such significance that they shape you permanently. For me, that person was my typography teacher, the late great Kay Amert. I remember walking into her publication design class at the University of Iowa, meeting her, then knowing I had finally found my path. When I think of her now, I remember her cigarette breaks mid-class, the jade ring she wore on her index finger, the affectation in her voice that made me listen to every word she spoke, and I will always remember her advice. I once asked Kay to explain why I loved the concept of chance
so much. She looked at me and without hesitation said: "Kristen, imagine holding crystals in your hand. Any one of them you choose is extraordinary."
She left this world a few years ago with her last work in progress, The Scythe and the Rabbit
. Many thanks to Robert Bringhurst for bringing it to fruition and allowing her memory to become legacy.