new calligraphy workshop! : aug 29th in brooklyn

Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, new york city, paperfinger | No Comments »


I’m excited to be hosting another beginner’s calligraphy workshop later this month at the Poppies & Posies studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

Sign up and find out more at

About the Workshop:

This class will focus on getting you comfortable with how to use the traditional instruments of calligraphy, but with Paperfinger’s modern and laid-back style. We’ll get acquainted with nibs, ink and paper and then dive into the art of elegant correspondence with techniques and styles for writing a beautiful note.

Ideal for: Calligraphy newbies

You’ll learn:
– How to use the classic tools of calligraphy;
– Paperfinger techniques;
– Tips on writing a beautiful note

Take-home goodies: A complete calligraphy starter kit full of Paperfinger’s favorite supplies! Included with each ticket purchase.

What it’ll be like:
Informative and fun! BYOB or enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some cookies. Gather up some pals and do it together. Or come on your own! The Poppies & Posies studio is a really cool place to spend an evening. You’ll practice, play with inks and paper…and then write a pretty note to a friend or dream up some cool lettering.

** Can’t make it to these dates/location or sold out too soon? Drop us a note at to let us know and we’ll try to book something convenient for you soon!

Stay tuned for more classes coming in Brooklyn and Portland, OR this fall. And thanks for spreading the word!

To sign up:

brooklyn grange rooftop farm : collaborative wedding shoot

Posted: August 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, design, new york city, paper, places, weddings | No Comments »


I am so thrilled with the images from Ro of Les Loups Photography from a recent wedding shoot at the nearby Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. As soon as I heard the line-up of collaborators, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

The shoot was produced by Viva Max Weddings; florals and design by Molly Oliver Flowers; catering by Parker Red; make-up by Blades Natural Beauty; hair by Jackie Schneider Beauty. (Additional vendor and shoot details below.)

Paperfinger contributed new designs just for the shoot — a tall and narrow slanted calligraphy invitation with watercolor border; a coordinated modern slanted menu design with watercolor heading and matching table numbers. It all came together so well, here’s a look at lots of wonderful images. What a killer spot!

Thanks again to Les Loups for all the photos and to this amazing team.













Dress: Carleen
Jewelry: Erica Weiner
Shoes:Dieppa Restrepo
Suit & Groom Styling: Brooklyn Tailors
Tent & Rentals:Atlas Party Rentals
Table Top Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals
Furniture Rentals: Patina Rentals
Plant & Vase Rentals: GRDN
Linens & Props: John Derian Company

bryn listens : javelin

Posted: June 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, music | No Comments »


Javelin released “The Marimba Song” earlier this spring but this hot steamy summer Friday feels like the perfect time to share it on the ‘buds. Go listen. Bump bump bump. Summer!!

Check out Javelin tomorrow at the Prospect Park Bandshell!

paperfinger workshops : love letters & valentines

Posted: February 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger | 2 Comments »

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We hosted a couple wonderful workshops last week and here are some of the delicious scenes. The space was provided by Poppies & Posies, such a perfect atmosphere for Paperfinger calligraphy vibes.

For updates on all upcoming workshops (and there will be more!), sign up here for my notifications!

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(And thanks to Margaret and Nicki for a couple of these shots.)


dargelos : bags for bicycling

Posted: January 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, design, things, travel | No Comments »


Dargelos is a small company based in the Brooklyn Navy Yards who makes some really elegant solutions for city cyclists. I especially love the waterproof waxed canvas tote, which doubles as a backpack. ($95-210 in a few colors)

The belt pouch ($78) is also great and seems super handy. For high design reflectivity, check out the Tufts and Lightning Vest, both pictured below.

Shop online at

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(*via Cool Hunting)

scenes from : the brooklyn flea

Posted: December 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, paperfinger | No Comments »

It was such a fun weekend at the Brooklyn Flea. The Paperfinger table was a set up with a backdrop of white paper, and we offered some of our favorite holiday gifts and wrapping. Great to see all of you who came by!

paperfinger : at the brooklyn flea this weekend!

Posted: December 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, paperfinger, things | No Comments »

Come visit us Saturday or Sunday at the Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson. So much fun shopping and snacking to do at the Flea — plus Paperfinger will have some major discounts on holiday gifts, custom items (there’s still time!) plus yummy gift wrapping materials.

Hope to see you there — stop by and say hi!

Brooklyn Flea
1 Hanson Place #708
Brooklyn, NY 11243

(For all you regulars, walk down the left aisle on the main entry floor of One Hanson and you’ll find the Paperfinger table at the end of the left aisle.)

paperfinger retreat : fresh baked vision

Posted: October 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: biz, brooklyn, paperfinger | No Comments »

Had another fantastic day yesterday on the official Paperfinger retreat. We hopped from one cozy cafe or eatery to another. Apparently the smell of fresh baked goods does wonders for the process of contemplating our vision and goals.

Above, our spread of papers and Margaret, contented, at Bakeri.

Tomorrow I’ll share the retreat agenda that I encourage you to use! No matter how small you are, I can’t tell you how hugely worthwhile and energizing it is to make this kind of time for your business.

Contemplating our mission (and lunch) at the Williamsburg waterfront.

Appreciating the handwritten menus at Saltie.

At Paperfinger, we take our dreams seriously. Margaret lives out one of hers at the Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory.



amy : draws things

Posted: October 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: art, bloggin', brooklyn | No Comments »

My friend Amy is a wonderful painter and yesterday I came across her blog, Amy Draws Things, which is chock full of so much good stuff, I had to share some with you. Follow her for a regular flow of great work.

Above and below, part of the Melted Soul series.


(Rome For Nat)

(Meg); (Lila)

(Chin Chin); (Shopping Woman)

(Dad Gets Plaid)

All images courtesy of Amy Draws Things.

ny times : a history of new york in 50 objects

Posted: September 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: art, brooklyn, places | No Comments »

The New York Times invited historians and museum creators to produce A History of New York in 50 Objects, as inspired by The British Museum and BBC Radio‘s A History of the World in 100 Objects. They’re inviting comments/submissions as well, with full understanding that this is a history, not the history. It’s a wonderful collection and a fun way to brush up on the city’s history.


  • Leonard Bernstein’s conductor baton;
  • a stump section from the long-gone famous elm tree believed to grant performers good luck on stage at The Apollo Theater;
  • a letter from Dutchman Pieter Schaghen in 1626 about the purchase of Manhattan for $24 from Native Americans;
  • a lox bagel;
  • and an audio track from Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show’ in 1962.
Below, 1665 watercolor by Johannes Vingboons of Dutch New Amsterdam.

Excavated beads from the African Burial Ground by what is now City Hall, dated to the 1700s:

The manuscript of the poem, ‘The New Colossus,’ by Emma Lazarus in 1883, commissioned to raise money for the building of the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, with the famous words “give me your tired, your poor”:

A classic checkered taxi cab:

In honor of 80’s New York City, the boombox:

And a reference to the  now “global brand” of Brooklyn, with Mast Brothers chocolate bars:

Explore the rest of the collection where you can read more details on each object.