a luxe contraband is the studio of Los Angeles based artist Alyce Harley, focusing on emotive hand-lettering, calligraphy, and painting. 

Alyce's lettering work ranges from spirited, unexpected takes on modern calligraphy to abstract freeform scripts. Her lettering and illustration work is intentionally done the analog way-- with pen, ink, and paper. She has produced calligraphy and design work for clients coveting one-of-a-kind looks and idiosyncrasies of things made by hand for weddings, events, and commercial projects. Alyce’s work has been featured on 100 Layer Cake and Brides.com.

Her approach to painting is rooted in a unwavering belief that emotions are captured in art as gesture Alyce relies on the imperfect, unpredictable qualities of ink and a monochromatic palate to create melancholically beautiful emotions. These pieces are fluid and communicate the visceralness of the “in-between” -- between intention and madness, between form and abstraction. 

Representative clients include Nordstrom, Shinola, LIVELY, Angel City Brewery, Golden Road Brewing.

photo x David Branson

photo x David Branson