I love a beautiful head wrap and these days I’m taken with The Wrap Life — a sweet online shop based out of Brooklyn with various designs and sizes, plus a totally charming Instagram feed (@thewraplife) to follow. Check out the shop — wraps range from $18-$40 each. Order two and get free shipping.
Cameron Moll‘s letterpress masterpiece of type is not just a beautiful representation of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. “In the artwork, there’s a metric tonne of hidden text: names of the architect, engineers, and laborers that perished; shops and restaurants in Brooklyn; and other items with relation to the bridge…The time spent designing the artwork was more than 300 hours, but the time spent doing research—trips to Brooklyn, studying the bridge, selecting typefaces, thoroughly annotating The Great Bridge—is easily double or triple that amount.”
You may notice the typo in “Brooklyn” on the images — there’s a funny story to go along with that too. Check out his website dedicated to the project and explore options for purchase. Bravo Cameron!
(*via HOW Design)
Marisols offers these stunning handmade umbrellas using African wax prints. Naturally, the fabrics are imported but the umbrellas are assembled in Brooklyn.
“Twenty percent of the net profits are donated to women survivors of sexual violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo to rebuild their lives at The City of Joy, a revolutionary healing and training center created by women on the ground and sustained by V-Day, a worldwide activists’ movement to end violence against women.”
(*via In / Out)
Brooklyn neighbor Lily Piyathaisere is the designer and creator behind Gamma Folk, a line of braided and woven necklaces in beautiful, subtle hues. Explore her shop online, prices range around $65-75 for most pieces.
For Josh & Michelle, I took a very precious call from their doctor to find out the sex of their baby before making them this special wax-sealed card. It provided them with a private and beautiful moment to read the news together. The best!
From the offices of Martha Stewart Weddings, to my own Brooklyn studio, to the floral studio of Poppies & Posies, to several co-hosted workshops: in Portland with Neither Snow and at the letterpress headquarters of Regas New York, I had the pleasure of hosting quite a few calligraphy workshops in 2013 and met lots of lovely folks in the process. Stay tuned for the next series later this spring (subscribe for updates at the bottom of this post).
Some shots from my desk of escort cards and table signs for a deco wedding reception. Clean and simple but I really loved these.
The workshop sweep continues! I’ve been hosting folks for intro workshops these past few days, continuing on through this week. Each class receives a full kit of calligraphy staples and my favorite tools plus a workbook of exercises and tips. We end the workshop with a project focus on elegant correspondence and how to make your letters, notes and envelopes look their best. Of course, this whole process is accompanied by plentiful wine and cookies. If only my work day was as well.
Looking forward to a couple new groups tonight and tomorrow. For info on upcoming workshops, sign up here.
Most of the workshops quickly sold out after announcing them this Monday but there are still some seats left at the brand-new Open Project Session on Wednesday evening, Oct 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
The Project Session is perfect for those who have had at least a little bit of experience. Bring your supplies, your materials and any questions you have and I will spend the time advising you on your work, discussing particular questions or approaches.
Maybe you’ve taken a class or two and are looking to spend some more time practicing. Or perhaps you’re planning to address your own wedding invitations and want some advice on the process. Or maybe you’re thinking about some calligraphy gifts you’d like to make for friends. Whatever it is, bring the materials and supplies and I’ll spend time with each of you to help you move forward with your calligraphy!
Bring your inks, nibs and paper and any samples of materials you’re trying to work with. I’ll have some of my favorite supplies on hand for you to test out and experiment with as well, but be sure to have everything you need with you for a productive time.
I’ll have some snacks, some wine and loads of moral support and calligraphy advice ready for you!
$50 includes a two-hour session, drink and cookies. Sign up here.
Enjoy an afternoon of flower arranging and bubbly with my dear friends and event industry colleagues, Juliet Totten and Sierra Steifman, owners of Poppies & Posies. The best of the bunch!
You will learn to create lush, garden-inspired arrangements. From selecting the perfect product, to technique & composition, attendees will leave with a in depth knowledge of the art of floral design.
All materials including clippers, flowers, and vessels are yours to take home at the end of the course. Refreshments & snacks will be provided. All levels of experience are welcome.
Sunday October 6th from 1pm-5pm for $500. Register here. Wish I could be there!