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!
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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!
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.
Yasmin of Darling & Mabel got in touch with me from Sydney, Australia, and asked me to create a hand-lettered logo for an Events Company she was setting up. As an Events Stylist, she’s also a creative and has her own Etsy shop as well, and it was such a breeze working before simply because I adore her taste.
You’ll see the original lettering above, written with my trusty Micron pen. Do you notice how I enjoyed writing all those swirls? I remember making it a bit difficult to choose which logo was the best. I could not decide, either! But I’m glad with Yasmin’s choice and it’s lovely seeing that logo on top of her blog every time I visit.
If you haven’t seen this yet, check out another lettering logo I did for Spilled Milk Cakery in California.
Here’s what I and eleven other talented artists in Singapore have been up to the past few weeks – ‘Hope In A Card‘, a set of 12 postcards originally designed by Filipinos here in Singapore to benefit the Typhoon Haiyan victims. I am truly amazed by how the designs all turned out. All of us tried to churn out original designs within a very tight time frame, and everyone delivered their best.
For my design, I wrote a quote in calligraphy that I found most suitable for the message we want to send out. Hope and Love for the strong survivors of the disaster. More details can be found in the Hope In A Card Facebook page, and a private message to the administrators will give you more details on how to purchase your own set. Each pack of 12 postcards is S$12.
I have another artwork over at my Etsy shop which is an instant download wall art. 100% of all sales will also be sent to the Philippine Red Cross. Thanks to everyone who have helped so far!
If the quote below is true, I guess my current soundtrack would be a very fast-paced dance song. And yep, I’m ‘singing along’ but I’m getting a bit breathless from trying! For the Moms who read this – do you remember when the old-time parents used to tell us that we should be prepared when we have our own kids? Do everything you want to do, go where you want to go, because when you start having kids, it’s game over?
I don’t agree with ‘game over’ (I love being a Mom and enjoy every minute of it) but my toddler who just turned two has been challenging my stamina lately. A few weeks ago, we were at a play gym for a complimentary class. It was a wonderful mommy-and-daughter bonding time. She was very enthusiastic and absolutely loved the place. All the kids and their moms were in place, seated together in a circle. Oh, we were seated quietly, too – for maybe two minutes max. She was up running around and exploring all the other equipment in the gym.
The best part was storytelling. She loves stories and is very fond of bedtime reading, but at the gym, music was blaring and she would rather dance around to the songs rather than listen to the story! All the kids were seated, as always, while she dances in the middle of the circle. She was dancing without a care in the world! I didn’t try to restrain her or anything. I just sat back and watched, and reveled in one of the happiest moments of my life.
We all have our own vacation memories, be it our first trip on our own, our romantic honeymoon, or that backpacking adventure in Europe. We have our own favorite cities that we wish we could visit as often as we could. Paper and Place is this wonderful shop located in Dallas, Texas that customizes jewelry, accessories and housewares with maps of our favorite places. I think her products would make wonderful favors for a destination wedding!
Erica and I worked together to design her logo – a wispy, flowy script with minimal flourishes. She also has an Etsy shop, be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a unique handmade gift for yourself or someone you love.
I wrote all these logos with a traditional dip pen fitted with a flex nib and my trusty black Calli ink.
I am very happy to be able to play a part in the branding of this wonderful cake shop in Long Beach, California. The woman behind all those delicious-looking goodies, Ariane, got in touch with me through Etsy. She wanted a feminine-looking stacked logo for Spilled Milk Cakery and wanted to have her logo ready in time for her shop’s launch in September – which also marks her daughter’s birthday.
We talked about swirls and simplicity, which somehow mirrors her very own personality! We finally came up with a logo with two variations – one with a cake stand and another one without, which you can see on her site. The cake stand version is both our favorite, and will be used for her other marketing collateral.
Personally, the best part in writing a logo is seeing it come together with all the other creative elements. I love how it blends with the overall branding of a certain business or product. And I am in awe at how pretty the Spilled Milk Cakery website turned out to be! Ariane’s creations make me wish we’re neighbors so I can offer my exceptional taste-testing skills. But knowing my tremendous love for all things sweet, I’d probably give her the go-ahead. Every. Single. Time.
Oh, Peach & Madison. This was quite a long logo to write but I just realized that the longer the name, the more fun I can have with it. This was meant to be for a fresh, new online fashion store – the brainchild of 3 women who want to offer a casual, carefree yet carefully selected pieces of fashion. For someone who loves clothes and shoes, writing a logo for such a shop is a dream!
This is sadly the logo that never was. We were down to designing the business cards when it was decided that they will not open shop for now. However, I think that the logo they have chosen (and get to keep, yes) deserve to be known! It’s flowy, feminine, clean. Something uncomplicated. Exactly how their fashion would have been. Exactly what my style is!
Anyway, I have a few logos to feature here in the blog soon! I do have extremely happy hands right now. They’re cramping, too – but I’ve been happily busy creating lettering and calligraphy for awesome, lovely entrepreneurs. I seriously can’t wait to share them with you all real soon! In the meantime, another logo that I’ve done in calligraphy can be found here.
Oh, Felicity. I remember being addicted to this college soap – with its hopeless romantic protagonist, New York City setting, and yes – art school. Just recalling the show gives me this sense of nostalgia that’s not too easy to brush off. As Felicity was painting for her art classes, I was also spending sleepless nights trying to get by on my own art projects. However, I didn’t live in a huge dorm room in NY, or worked at a cool coffee shop. I couldn’t paint with an easel. Unlike Felicity, I paint on the floor.
Felicity at the time, became a template for those college drama queens. It was tailor-made for girls my age. Remember those movies or TV shows when you feel that everything the characters say just totally relates to how you feel? It was all that. See, Felicity Porter ditched Stanford University to go after her high school crush, Ben Covington. I cannot imagine doing such a horrible thing. He didn’t even knew she existed. And bam! In college they suddenly become close friends, even though Felicity was obviously obsessing over him – in a super weird way, mind you. What makes it even better (or worse, I can’t tell) is they actually fall in love. Yep. They did.
Gosh, I loved that show.
As a tribute to one of my favorite shows of all time, I wrote quotes for my calligraphy practice. It does feel good, reminiscing about how hooked I was back then… when little squabbles with girlfriends were already a big deal, and hanging out with friends was an essential part of our existence. Life was more laid back, time just seemed to move a little slower. Oh, and it was also like, a time when we like, talk this way for like, forever. But seriously? Those were pretty good times.
* Photo credit: Top photo from www.alejandroherrero.com. Amazing black and white photos from the opening credits can be viewed here.