workshop updates

photo credit: galina dixon

photo credit: galina dixon styling by megan morton

Hello lovely readers. This is just a quick note to pop in and say hello.  When I finally finished my website design  last year, I was so happy that I could easily post on my blog. Easier said than done. As you know, I am a busy mom of 4.5 year old twins, and they are about to start kindergarten in the fall. In December, we must have toured a dozen schools and I found only ONE school here in Oakland that still incorporates cursive handwriting in their curriculum. This is a subject for another post, but it makes me so sad that in our lifetime we may see this vanish from our schools all together. Based on the amount of students attending my workshops, it gives me hope that there are still many people interested in it, and they will teach their kids so on and so forth. I wanted to give you a brief update about my workshops since I last posted.

First, I am excited that the workshop that I collaborated with Elizabeth Messina  Mindy Rice, Elizabeth Colling, Mindy Weiss, Wiley Valentine, and Found Rentals last September will be published in Hearth Magazine  issue No. 3. You can order a copy of this beautiful magazine here.

In October I taught a few (eight) workshops in Sydney and Melbourne and I will be in Australia again this May 2014, including Brisbane at The School. A lovely gal by the name of Galina in Sydney attended my class and posted about it on her blog, Galina Loves. You can read and see her gorgeous photos on her blog post here. On my only day off in Sydney, I spent the most wonderful day with Jessie James of Supply Paper Co.  She took me to all of her favorite places, including Sibella Court’s  The Society Inc.  By pure coincidence,  I  ran into Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day and her husband Paul while they were in Australia!!! Maybe you remember, last January I taught a workshop at Oh Happy Day, sponsored by Bing. You can read Jordan’s post about her dream trip to Australia and New Zealand here.

In November, I was invited to teach a workshop in Portland at Schoolhouse Electric in collaboration with Egg Press along with Ana Mara Flowers at their wonderful warehouse. One of the attendees Lindsey Boccia took some great photos and shared it on her blog. It was an amazing day in a beautiful city and I cannot wait to return to Portland. In December, I taught a workshop at Makeshift Society with all proceeds to benefit the Red Cross Philippines Typhooon Haiyan. It was a workshop followed by silent auction and we raised over $3,000.

I took a break over the holidays with a trip to NYC and Boston with my family. January rolled around and I made a list of dream places that I would like to hold workshops. First stop on my list Los Angeles to one of my favorite places for workshops at  Poketo. I’ll be back in July 2014 along with an advanced workshop!

February was our first every “Petals and Penmanship” in collaboration with my friend Kiana Underwood of Tulipina . The workshop was held at Angie Cao’s photography studio in San Francisco. I shall share more about thatlater, for now here is a recap from Dressed in Orange. Kiana and I are planning  another workshop soon, more details later.

March (next week!) I am off to Tokyo to teach four workshops at Fog Linen and then Singapore with one of my favorite blogs ever Bloesem and her new venture:  Bloesem Class.  I promise I will be try to update this blog more often than I have been, but I need to know: Does anyone read this blog? What would you like to know more about?  In the meantime, you can see what I am doing every day on my mini-blog:  (my instagram feed)  and you will get to see snippets of  my journey to Asia.

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A FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS

maybelle brush pen

Today I wanted to share a few random thoughts.

The image that you see here is something that I created at the IAMPETH convention. It was a happy accident. I was supposed to buy a sign pen, I bought this instead. I am determined to have it printed on fabric so that I can make another dress with Sonya Philip.

This is a fantastic post for beginning calligraphers by Stephanie Fishwick that I am going to tell all my students about. She is super nice, and talented AND you are about to see more of her work everywhere.

Another inspiring calligrapher is Sabine Pick – who told me that she is taking a week long class in Italy. Since then, I have been fantasizing about the workshop in Italy with calligrapher Monica Dengo.

A mention on my favorite blog, besotted, with a great idea to Pin it forward.

The School has decided to add my class to a location in  Melbourne  at a spectacular location TBD. I have been to Sydney but not Melbourne, and according to Moncle it made no. 2 on the global hot spots list. Also, my Great Uncle Tony lives there and I bet a lot of our relatives don’t really get the chance to visit him that  often.

Save the date November 9th, 2013 for my class in Portland. It’s another one of those dream collaborations!  Date, time and location TBD.

Have a great weekend! xo M

 

 

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BELLOCQ: A Special place for Calligraphy + Tea

Bellocq rare tea collection Today I wanted to share some of the highlights from my workshops in NYC, Greenpoint, Brooklyn to be more precise. The workshops took place on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at Bellocq Tea Atelier. In January of this year, I made a list of “dream projects”. Teaching a workshop at Bellocq was one of them. I cannot think of anything lovelier than sipping tea and practicing calligraphy, can you?

As we all know, part of achieving your goals is putting yourself out there and making it happen, so I sent an e-mail to Heidi Johannsen Stewart.  I received a very nice e-mail back right away from Heidi who knew of my work from her days as a food editor and stylist at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Somehow, she had an old postcard from ten years ago with my alphabet written on it and kept it displayed in her studio – I felt so honored!  I explained how I loved the  hand lettered the labels for their rare tea collection posted on Bellocq’s Instagram feed and it sparked this whole idea of a workshop. It was created by one of the owners, Michael Shannon. She thought the workshop at Bellocq was a great idea, and once we figured out a date, we announced it on Instagram. Many traveled to NYC for the day just to attend this special workshop with me, some as far as Miami as in the case of photographer Jeanette Polynice  of To Love Photographie who took  all the beautiful photographs that you see here.

All day long, I was overcome with so many emotions to experience such a surreal moment like this. The space is very romantic, every detail just so. Bellocq is housed in what used to be a pencil factory Michael decorated the atelier with a few branches of Poke weed, (how appropriate for the class as it was used by native Americans to make ink.) Heidi made delicious Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Le Hammeau-Poached Apricots (recipe here) and hors d’ oevres were created by the talented Karen of The Cocktail Party Chef.  My friend Jill Lauck made her special caramels  for each student, and at the end of each class, a refreshment of Bellocq Majorelle Mint tea, St.Germain liquor, club soda and fresh mint was served. There was no detail spared.

I felt a special connection with each and every student in the class and I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet and share my love of calligraphy in this special setting. The owners, Scott, Michael and Heidi were so gracious and  are some of the loveliest people that you will ever meet. Their atelier is a place to be inspired and explore ideas and the teas are magnificent!  I hope you will have a chance to enjoy some of their wonderful blends to drink while you practice your calligraphy. One of my favorites is No. 20 Kikuya. For those of you in NYC, they open their atelier to the public on the weekends for people wishing to taste their selection. I hope you will find it as beautiful and inspiring as I shall always remember. xoxo, M

personlized wooden ink well

Tea + Calligraphy at Bellocq

maybelle the calligrapher

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