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Kelly & Michael’s Hollywood Deco Wedding

11

Jun
2014

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In Calligraphy, Graphic Design, Invitation Design, Letterpress, Wedding

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This letterpressed invitation suite was written entirely in custom calligraphy and printed on luscious 220lb cotton Lettra in a combination of black ink and gold foil. The wedding theme, which drove the design, was Old Hollywood Deco, with hints of Moroccan influence. Kelly & Michael were married at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California, a location rich with patterns, textures, and colors that we used as inspiration. The envelope liner was a custom pattern based on the ballroom’s tiled floor, the black-on-gold foiling was reminiscent of the décor and the emerald green edge painting of each piece spoke to Santa Barbara’s lush greenery.

Printing by the fabulous Czar Press.

Boston Beginner Calligraphy Workshop, 6/21/14

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Jun
2014

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Join me for a summer afternoon Beginner’s Workshop in modern, script calligraphy at Gray Mist Studio & Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts!

When?

Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where?

Gray Mist Studio & Shop
364 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Buy your ticket & learn more here.

Instagram Lately: May 2014

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May
2014

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In Behind the Scenes, Calligraphy, Teaching, Wedding, Work in Progress, Workshop

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Clockwise from top left:

• Photography studio Vera in August applied the logo I recently designed for them onto wooden USB drives. (Photograph by Vera in August.)

• A peek behind the scenes: the process of envelope addressing from a pile of handwritten lists and Excel sheets to a neat stack of calligraphed envelopes.

• From sketch to polished calligraphy: lyrics from a client’s wedding song calligraphed in black with shimmering gold accents

• A snapshot of my May 17th boston workshop

• White on black – my all-time favorite combination!

• A passage by my favorite author, Virginia Woolf, from her book The Waves. When I took the snapshot of it outside on my porch, the railing cast a beautiful — and oddly appropriate — shadow across the paper.

Boston Beginner Calligraphy Workshop, 6/7/14

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May
2014

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It’s a new Boston workshop! Join me for a Saturday afternoon, Beginner’s Workshop in modern, script calligraphy at Gray Mist Studio & Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts!

When?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where?

Gray Mist Studio & Shop
364 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Buy your ticket & learn more here.

 

{ Photo by Malktime Photography }

Two Los Angeles Workshops

11

Mar
2014

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In April I will be leading two beginner-level workshops in Los Angeles. Each 3-hour class will cover the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required. The workshops are hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink. All the supplies you’ll need for the workshop, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price.

As with all my workshops, I’m only booking it for a very small class (which means lots of individual attention!), so I expect the spaces to fill up quickly.

When?

Wednesday, April 16, 2013 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm

——and——

Thursday, April 17, 2013 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm

Where?

Alfred Coffee + Kitchen
8428 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Complimentary espresso drinks, tea, and pastries will be provided by Alfred Coffee + Kitchen. We’ll have our own personal barista all evening and indulge in a pastry case stocked with treats!

Sign up for the 4/16 class. Sign up for the 4/17 class.

Behind the Scenes – Instagram Lately

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Mar
2014

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Snaking down from top left:

• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent Copper Plate Gold ink drying on a navy place card

• An invitation suite I designed for a Bahamas wedding, letterpressed in turquoise ink and gold foil with a custom return address stamp

• Wet gouache in my studio’s evening lighting

• My sister’s favorite Leonard Cohen line calligraphed on a Moleskine notebook card.

• Bleedproof white on craft paper with one of my favorite vintage stamps

• A packet of Plurabelle samples headed out the door to a stationer in Virginia

• White on turquoise!

• From my sketching desk: refined logo sketches for a wonderful event company and an ex libris stamp in Spanish

• Precision light pad work

• Custom-mixed burnt orange gouache

It’s A Boston Workshop!

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Mar
2014

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I am so happy to announce my first ever Boston workshop!

Join me for a Saturday afternoon, Beginner’s Workshop in modern, script calligraphy at Gray Mist Studio & Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts!

This class is three hours long and will cover all the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required. The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink.

All the supplies you’ll need for the workshop, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price. The supplies you’ll receive include:

  • 3 pen nibs
  • 1 straight pen holder
  • 1 oblique pen holder
  • 1 pad of quality paper
  • 1 jar of black ink
  • A sampler with practice strokes and letter specimens
  • A handout of recommended suppliers and other resources

 

When?

Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where?

Gray Mist Studio & Shop

364 Huron Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Buy your ticket here.

 

{ Photo by Malktime Photography }

Saturday Workshop, 1/25/14

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Jan
2014

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Join me for a Saturday morning, Beginner’s Workshop in modern, script calligraphy at the beautiful Pilibos School Library.

This class is four hours long instead of the usual three-hour classes I teach, and will cover all the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required! The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink.

In this 3-hour class, you will learn the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required! The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink.

All the supplies you’ll need for the workshop, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price. The supplies you’ll receive include:

  • 2 pen nibs
  • 1 straight pen holder
  • 1 oblique pen holder
  • 1 pad of quality paper
  • 1 jar of black ink
  • A sampler with practice strokes and letter specimens
  • A handout of recommended suppliers and other resources

As with all my workshops, I’m only booking it for a very small class (which means lots of individual attention!), so I expect the spaces to fill up quickly.

Coffee, hot cocoa, and other light refreshments will be served.

When?

Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where?

The Ark Library at The Pilibos School

1615 North Alexandria Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90027

Buy your ticket here.

{ Photo by Malktime Photography }

 

Upcoming Beginner Workshop – 01/16/14

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Dec
2013

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Not much is cozier for me than spending an evening with my calligraphy pen and cup of coffee. If this sounds like a winning combination to you too, then join me for a nighttime, Beginner Level Calligraphy Workshop at Alfred Coffee + Kitchen.

In this 3-hour class, you will learn the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required! The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink.

All the supplies you’ll need for the workshop, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price. The supplies you’ll receive include:

  • 2 pen nibs
  • 1 straight pen holder
  • 1 oblique pen holder
  • 1 pad of quality paper
  • 1 jar of black ink
  • A sampler with practice strokes and letter specimens
  • A handout of recommended suppliers and other resources
  • As with all my workshops, I’m only booking it for a very small class (which means lots of individual attention!), so I expect the spaces to fill up quickly.

Complimentary espresso drinks, tea, and pastries will be provided by Alfred Coffee + Kitchen. We’ll have our own personal barista all evening and indulge in a pastry case stocked with treats!

When?

Thursday, January 16, 2013 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm

Where?

Alfred Coffee + Kitchen
8428 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Buy your ticket here.

My New Skillshare Class

30

Nov
2013

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In Calligraphy, Class, Graphic Design, Lettering, Press, Promotion, Teaching

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I have been invited to teach an online calligraphy class at Skillshare.com — Digitizing Calligraphy: Designing A Flourished, Calligraphic Logotype from Sketch to Vector.

Don’t be intimidated — while having at least a basic knowledge of pointed pen calligraphy is a plus, it is not required. I will also cover techniques for created a polished design using felt tip pen.

Sign up by December 15th with this link or by clicking the button below and you can receive 25% by entering the coupon code FLOURISH at checkout.

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what-youll-learn

  • Sketching. We’ll start with sketching, covering the basic rules of drawing script letters, and examining opportunities to add flourishes. You will learn to recognize the difference between purposeful flourishes — those that enhance a design — and extraneous ones — those that distract and impede legibility.
  • Adding Flourishes. With a polished sketch in hand, you will then calligraph the design (with a pointed calligraphy pen or a fine tip felt pen) with emphasis on learning special techniques for calligraphing flourishes.
  • Digitizing. Then the computer fun starts! We will bring our design into the computer and polish it further in Photoshop, then vectorize it in Illustrator.* I’ll teach you some special techniques for making sure your final logotype retains the integrity of the stroke contrast, including the charming imperfections of the fine hairlines, that it had as ink on paper.

*You do not have to be an expert in either of these programs. If you do, great, but I will cover absolutely everything you need to know. You don’t even need to have the programs when you sign up. You can download free 30-day trials of both from adobe.com. 

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