POKETO!

 

photo by: Poketo

photo by: Poketo

Hello everyone! I have returned from NYC where I taught the dreamiest of all calligraphy workshops at Bellocq Tea Atelier. I will post a thorough recap next Friday once I have reviewed all of the photos.

Today, I want to let you know that there are workshops happening at a city near you! My classes on Aug 24+ 25 at Poketo in Los Angeles have been sold out, which I am still in shock about. I happened to sign up for Satsuki Shibuya’s Branding 101 class on September 8th  at Poketo, because I just dig everything about her. Since I was going to be there anyway, Angie decided to add another Calligraphy class on September 7th for those on the wait list.  YAY! You can find the information here.

My class in San Francisco at Makeshift Society on August 12+19 are also sold out, but they just added one on September 14th, a Saturday 1-4 p.m. Here is the information. I hope to catch you at one of my workshops soon, if not Los Angeles, or San Francisco, perhaps Sydney? xoxo M

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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.

 

 

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once wed feature

oncewed-132 I’m so thrilled to share that my work was featured on Once Wed earlier this week. This was a styled photo shoot that took place at Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove. What a spectacular location! This was the creative vision of the the very talented Miranda Estes of Sugar(ed)Designs in South Florida. The amazing photographs that you see here were taken by Ozzy Garcia, gorgeous floral designs by Julia Rohde Designs.

Most of the time, I am not present on set when these items are photographed. Miranda contacted me and shared her Pinterest inspiration board and overall feel for the shoot, then provided the text and blank sheets of gold paper for me to create the menus. It is not often that  I am given the free creative control of such details. In this case Miranda wanted to see what I would come up with, and I think they worked well in these lovely photographs! The hardest part for me when working on styled shoots, is to come up with fake menus and fictitious addresses for the stationery items that are being photographed, but she had that all ready for me- I love when that happens!

The invitation featured here is an actual sample of a letterpress design that I created for Bella Figura. It is from my exclusive collection of designs, called “Modern Chateau“, and this is exactly the type of wedding I had dreamed up when I designed this invitation for the 2013 collection. You can’t see this, but the edges are painted with gold.  The way that the invitation was photographed has got to be one of my favorite photos ever, that dress! I do hope to collaborate with this talented team in the future, Thanks guys! xoxo M.
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