Archives for July 2013

greetings from NYC


Greetings from NYC! I am here with my family visiting my talented brother in law the illustrator Derek Voldemars Stukuls and sister in law, artist Rita MacDonald.    In fact, I have completely taken over their studio in DUMBO with all my supplies for the classes that I taught yesterday at BELLOCQ. I am going to do a more complete post about that once I get home, but in the meantime, you can see few photos on Instagram.

On the other side of the world, in Sydney the superstar stylist Megan Morton owner of The School posted this on her Instagram feed. All I can say right now is that I am on cloud nine. See you all next Friday. xoxo M

Image of Hand drawn subway map, screen printed by artist Adil Dara Kim. (taken with my Iphone.)




Hello everyone, I can’t believe Friday is here, I am still recuperating from my week long calligraphy camp last week at IAMPETH. I have lots of news to share, so I will keep this short. The twins turned four on Wednesday. On Thursday, I attended the ALT Summit in San Francisco. It was fantastic to meet other bloggers, aspiring bloggers, and listen to the guest speakers and experts in this topic.

So, do you remember the really big news that I have been wanting to announce since March of this year? Its here: drumroll please… I am teaching two very special calligraphy classes this fall (their spring) in SYDNEY. I think I am a little bit in shock that this is really happening. I mean, Megan Morton is a styling superstar and everything she touches is beautiful. If you will be in Sydney this October, I hope you will have a chance to take my class at The School. I promise it will be one of the best. I have a big thank you to Jessie James of Supply Paper Co. for putting us in touch. I am looking forward to this so much! So why Sydney? It’s one of my favorite cities in the whole world, a close second to the two cities that tie in the first place spot, Tokyo and Paris. Right now,  I am packing for my workshops at BELLOCQ in Brooklyn next Thursday. If you are signed up for my workshops, I am so excited to meet you all, and if you are on the waitlist, I will be in touch if any last minute openings come up.  I will most likely post highlights from the class on my Instagram feed as well.  xoxo M




reporting live, from IAMPETH 2013

sullpen Happy Friday everyone! Today I wanted to share a few of the highlights from the 2013 IAMPETH convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I cannot begin to tell you how fantastic it is! I’m learning lots of new things, meeting so many legendary calligraphers, talented artists and having the time of my life. If you are thinking attending, and have any questions, please send me a message.

I have been a professional calligrapher now for ten years, and in a way, I am glad that I waited a little bit before attending this convention. First of all, it really is a test of your love and dedication to this art form. You are in class all day long from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. sitting at a desk and writing. There are events happening at night too. Because there are at least a hundred people in each class, you watch what the instructor is doing from an overhead projector, while taking notes, and following along with your own pen and ink. While IAMPETH is open to calligraphers of all skill levels I think one would benefit the most with some previous experience.

The first day I took a Beginning Spencerian class with the legendary Michael Sull and he is a treasure. If  you google the word Spencerian his name appears. I showed up to the class with a plastic oblique pen in my tool box. During class he talked about having the proper tools which is applicable to any art form. The “plastic holders should be used to stir your coffee.”, he lectured (gulp). That day, I made an upgrade and purchased a wooden oblique pen holder handmade and adjusted by Mr. Sull himself.

I am so glad that I had the proper tools because I noticed that it really did make a huge difference in my work, especially the next day when I attended Pat Blair’s Flourished Copperplate Capitals class. Pat Blair is the Chief Calligrapher at the White House. Her work is exquisite and perfect. It has to be.

An added bonus to this experience was meeting Anne Keenan Higgins who is also attending for the first time. She has been my IAMPETH buddy and my saving grace. You have no idea how excited I was to find out that Anne was attending this convention and has made this first time experience here even more memorable. I have been a fan of her work for so many years. If you don’t know her illustration work, you have probably given or received a card, perhaps may have read a book with her beautiful artwork on the cover.

When I asked Anne how she found out about IAMPETH, she said that it was from reading Tristan’s Besotted blog. Coincidentally, my calligraphy kit was featured on her blog post today. I am so grateful for this and for my career as a calligrapher. I hope you are having a week. I am having THE BEST WEEK. EVER. xoxo, M.