I was very busy for a couple of weeks, putting together an artwork for Mad Nest‘s #EatDrinkArt Exhibition. 14 artists have been engaged to come up with a work of art using ‘mystery ingredients’ found in Mad Nest’s kitchen. Exciting! I didn’t know what ingredient I was going to have until I went there myself.
I was assigned some raw linguine, and got to pick a pack of star anise as a secondary ingredient. The challenge? Coming up with a creative idea to incorporate the edible elements with my craft! In the end I decided to use the items in their raw, organic form and combine them with my brush calligraphy. Images of a homey kitchen, smelling of star anise with sounds of tomato sauce bubbling nearby filled my senses. I wanted an artwork that will remind one of the feeling of homecoming, dropping your bags and heading straight to the kitchen and see Mom working her magic. I wanted to evoke that feeling. It’s a feeling I truly miss. I wrote a quote by Federico Fellini that I thought would be most suitable – ‘Life is a combination of magic and pasta’. Here’s a peek of my work in progress.
The great thing about #EatDrinkArt is that a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Business Times Budding Artists Fund, which ‘originated from a conviction that no child should be denied the opportunity to pursue arts training due to a lack of financial resources.’
The exhibition will run from 18 June to 3 September 2014 at Mad Nest along East Coast Road. All the artworks exhibited at #EatDrinkArt are for sale, so it would be very much appreciated if you can help me spread the word and help the youth pursue their passion for the arts. All the artists have put a great deal of effort in their pieces, it’s really worth a visit! More photos can be found here. All photos courtesy of Lucent Pictography. I’m extending my thanks to the wonderful people of Uniform for inviting me on board this exhibition.
I’m very happy to share this new logo! I’ve been working a lot with fellow creatives lately, and I am constantly inspired. One of them is Bethany of Bethany Belle Photography from Orange County, California. Her aesthetic truly matched mine, and she asked me to create a similar feel from her beautiful wedding.
“My brand is very soft, romantic, with an organic feeling to it”, she told me. So taking the cue from the sweet photos taken on her big day, along with my calligraphy style, I wrote a few options. In no time, Bethany and I have finalised her logo – with a matching calligraphy mailing address for her personalised stamp.
You can find more of photographs on her blog. Thanks so much, Bethany, for working with me to create your brand’s logo!
It has been raining sporadically here in Singapore lately – you can never tell when it’s going to pour or how long it will last. Fortunately, the weather cooperated last 31 May. The Happy Hour Calligraphy Workshop took place during a beautiful sunny afternoon at Joo Chiat! I felt very lucky to be surrounded by another batch of creatives who were eager to learn a new craft.
As always, I try to keep my class as intimate as possible. Introducing modern calligraphy to 8 individuals is perfect for all of us! It’s always a joy to see how each person’s handwriting transforms into a work of art on its own. Those 3 hours were spent effectively learning about the upstrokes and downstrokes and getting our hands inky with drills and flourishes.
The studio is always worth mentioning – I simply love its character. I spent a looooong time trying to find a right venue for my workshops and it was pure serendipity that I stumbled upon Studio@Heaven In A Wildflower. Tea break was such a welcome treat especially with delish cakes from Carpenter and Cook.
From left to right: Eunice, our hostess and owner of Studio@ Heaven In A Wildflower, Frances, Davinia, Pauline, Amanda, Pratiwi, Esther, Iris, Intan and Karina
I’m again tipping my hat to the lovely ladies who came to the class – some have been traveling, some busy with work and mommy duties, but found the time to pick up a new craft. Thank you to those who came to Singapore just for this workshop – you know who you are! I’ve been busy as a bee lately, with classes and calligraphy commission works . But each class I teach is a learning process for me as well, and looks like we’ll be having more for the rest of the year! Be in the loop by subscribing to the mailing list. Oh, and here’s what went on in the inaugural HH Calligraphy Workshop.
I’ve had my Society6 shop for quite a while now, even before I opened my Etsy shop. However, I didn’t feel that my calligraphy at the time was good enough to share with the world, so I pulled my items out. Well, thanks to the online community, I feel more confident now and realised that perfection isn’t everything. So, I’ve had enough of the drama and finally resurrected my shop at Society6 again!
I have 2 calligraphy prints there, both applied to different material – pillow covers, laptop skins, stretched canvas – and prints in different sizes, of course. I’m planning to add more prints in the coming weeks once I get a breather from all the commission works I have right now. Can’t wait! In the meantime, here are 2 inspirational quotes from Dr Seuss and Mark Twain.
Katie Price, the designer behind Priceless Design Studios reached out to me last February for a new logo for her branding makeover. Katie was very specific when she described the calligraphy that she wanted. Upright script, feminine and uncluttered without being overly simple. It’s pretty much how I write (with the exception of some fancy flourishes when I’m in the mood!).
After a few revisions on the ‘D’, we settled for this logo that you will currently see on her website. Seeing her newly-designed site got me in such high spirits – I love seeing what my clients do with the logos I’ve designed for them. It was a breeze working with Katie! I’m looking forward to more collaborations in the near future.
Just the other day I remember a discussion on the Flourish Forum about Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls’ calligraphy exemplar. Some were wondering if it would be worth attending her class or just purchasing her kit online. The kit alone is such a treat – I can stare at Maybelle’s handwriting all day! However, if you know that she’ll be in your city, I’d say go to her class instead. An in-person workshop is a much better option if you have a choice.
Let me tell you why.
Being in Singapore, I was so fortunate to have Bloesem Creative Space invite Maybelle for a series of classes. To say workshops by renowned calligraphers are rare here would be a total understatement. I’ve never gone to a calligraphy workshop before so this one will practically be my first ever. Being a fan of her works and style for ages, I was super excited to say the least!
It was a glorious Sunday morning. After having breakfast with my husband at the Tiong Bahru Bakery, he walked me across to Bloesem for the 3-hour class. You know what made the morning even more glorious? I had a front row seat! Exactly in front of Maybelle! It was very inspiring to hear how she started out and be able to observe how she actually writes. It’s very beneficial especially for beginners because simple things like incorrect writing angles will be easily addressed. Anyone’s free to ask questions, too. And the kit. Oh, the kit. I know I already have a lot of ink holders, pens and a million other odds and ends, but I love all the handmade tools and letterpress exemplar that Maybelle brought for the workshop.
Aditionally, I believe it’s Bloesem’s interiors that really set the mood for such an enjoyable class. Who wouldn’t love practicing calligraphy in such a lovely space with rays of sunlight peeking through? We were all pampered with refreshments as well – all cooked lovingly in Bloesem’s kitchen. After mingling with Maybelle and the ladies, champagne was served. Yes, you read that right. We were that spoilt.
I guess all this pretty much sums up why I think an in-person workshop would be well worth your time. Be sure to check Maybelle’s workshop page as that’s where I found out she was coming here and almost fell of my seat. Bloesem’s classes always have something interesting being offered as well. I would go to every single class if I could!
For my very own Happy Hour Workshops here in Singapore, I’ll be announcing a date (or dates!) soon. Leave your email here to be in the loop.
The inaugural Beginners’ Workshop by yours truly is over and I had such a great time! To all you ladies who came, thank you, thank you for learning calligraphy with me. It was a hot and humid day in Singapore (which probably explained the shortage of taxis) so we were all thankful for the refreshments prepared by our wonderful host, Eunice, of Heaven In A Wildflower. Our class took place in her lovely home studio in Joo Chiat.
What we had last Saturday was a beginners’ class – no experience necessary. This class was all about the basics. We learned about the concept of pointed pen calligraphy, how I started with this art (uh, I showed them my first attempts, which makes me wonder why I even kept it!), how to get started with your writing, practice drills and of course… the basic letter forms.
The whole afternoon turned out to be a lighthearted practice and story-telling session about all things calligraphy. Questions were thrown here and there, some were so serious with their writing and could hardly breathe, some wouldn’t even rise from their seats when cakes from Carpenter & Cook were brought in. Time just whizzed by and we had to pack up after a little chat. I thought, it’s over? So I guess I did have a lot of fun teaching, and I hope I can do it again. The afternoon ended with some vintage eye candy when we all headed downstairs. Look here if you want to see the wealth of vintage furniture and props for styling. It’s located on the studio’s ground floor. Ah-mazing.
I hope you’ll be there on my next class! The mailing list is here. And if you were there that afternoon, I’d love to hear your opinions about the class. The feedback form has been sent by email. I am so looking forward to the next one, hope you are, too!
Spreading some love this week with a couple of calligraphy desktops! I’ve been doodling last weekend and have been thinking of writing something about love and I came up with these two. Well, I do have another one on Instagram in reference to Love Actually (remember the time when Andrew Lincoln was this sweet guy and not the walker-killing Rick Grimes? I’m serious.) Anyway, have a wonderful Valentine week everyone! Spread some love to the people close to your heart!
Friends and family knew that I had a rough start this year, and we were lucky to have our darling girl up and about now. She had this terrible bug and had to stay in hospital for days, so much longer than we expected. Design and calligraphy work were piling up and the backlog was heavy on my shoulders. I couldn’t sleep, either at home or in the hospital.
During down times in the hospital, I had a few minutes to contemplate.
Ever since I became a mom, life has become even more fast-paced. I count minutes, work around a schedule and beat myself to stick to it. I get miserable over a few minutes wasted. I rush and try to cram everything in a day, trying to forget that there are only 24 hours and that includes sleep. I want to spend as much time as I can with my daughter that when I go out, I try to rush everything so I can get home right away. Sitting in the hospital while my girl sleeps made me realize that yes, I was wasting so much time in there doing nothing. And it’s perfectly fine. I’ll be able to manage my work schedule when we’re home and she’s better. I’ll be able to sort things out in time anyway, why rush everything?
I’m happy to say that while my little girl is still on house arrest, and we had to trim her beautiful hair because dread locks were starting to form, she’s so much better now and busy as a bee. And I keep reminding myself to slow down and enjoy what life has to offer. I should take a little stroll and enjoy the view instead of sprinting like a madman just to get home.
Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. Hmmm. I’d like that.
Carla of Peppermint Press in Australia designs gorgeous wedding invitations and baby announcements. She got in touch with me through my shop on Etsy (I have met lots of interesting people on Etsy!) as she was revamping the Peppermint Press website and wanted a logo designed. With the current logo being used for almost 3 years, she was ready for a new look. I remember she was looking for a fluid, carefree look, a bit more on the playful side.
I’m happy with how it blends very well with the website, go take a look! It’s in a lovely mint color, of course. It was such a pleasure writing this logo for Peppermint Press.