Posted: October 21st, 2013 | Author: Bryn | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, paperfinger | No Comments »
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.
Posted: October 10th, 2013 | Author: Bryn | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger | No Comments »
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.
Posted: September 30th, 2013 | Author: Bryn | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, paper, portland, the earth | No Comments »
This Saturday was part two of the calligraphy + letterpress workshops I co-hosted with Mara of Neither Snow and Emily Johnson of EMPrint Press. Such fun to learn more about the process and Emily’s printing studio at the Yale Union contemporary art center in Portland is really impressive.
She made a plate of my calligraphy for me to print — a favorite passage from the following Mary Oliver poem:
When I Am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”
Posted: September 13th, 2013 | Author: Bryn | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, weddings | 2 Comments »
Too busy to type! Been writing up a storm these days. Here’s a peek at yesterday’s shipment. Gotta love those stamps.
Posted: September 9th, 2013 | Author: Bryn | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, lettering and fonts, places, portland | No Comments »
I’m excited to announce a two-part calligraphy and letterpress workshop in Portland, OR later this month in collaboration with my brilliant buddies, Mara of Neither Snow calligraphy and Emily of EMPrint Press letterpress studio.
On Monday evening, September 23rd, Mara and I will instruct an evening of calligraphy lessons over wine, cookies and bottles of ink. We’ll teach fundamental skills and techniques in contemporary calligraphy and then create a design or signature to use in Saturday’s letterpress class!
Emily will produce polymer plates of your work so that you can print your own stationery or bookplates in her workshop on Saturday afternoon, September 28th. It’s a wonderful pairing and sure to be a really fun, informative time.
Register for either workshop at $125 each; or save $25 and do both. Way better!
Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: Bryn | Filed under: calligraphy, places | No Comments »
To warm up my calligraphy hand today I decided to write out a portion of the Rev. King’s historic speech at the March On Washington, fifty years ago this day. These sections stood out to me, in light of the current and atrocious efforts to deny voting rights to many Americans.
NPR has been running stories for the last few weeks with participants, leaders, bystanders and organizers sharing memories and stories from this day. I encourage you to check it out.
Posted: August 26th, 2013 | Author: Bryn | Filed under: calligraphy, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »
Exciting news! Snippet & Ink, one of my most favorite wedding sites, launched their new select vendor guide yesterday and Paperfinger is one of the very few calligraphers chosen to be a part of the guide!
They describe the guide best:
Snippet & Ink Select is a handpicked selection of wedding vendors and companies we believe in, people we have worked with personally, and who have passed our careful approval process. These are the vendors we would recommend to our sisters and our best friends, because their work represents the best the wedding industry has to offer.
Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | Author: Bryn | Filed under: calligraphy, paperfinger, things, wedding gifts | 1 Comment »
We’ve added two new custom address stamps to the shop this week. Very exciting!
First, the self-inking address stamp, which may not look as dang cute as the wooden one, but it’s SO handy and really easy to use. We’re hooked on it here at the studio. Makes for a clean impression every time and so helpful when we’ve got lots of mail to send. Only $78 and it will make life super easy and super lovely.
Second, an illustrated address stamp if you’re looking for a darling wedding or housewarming gift. This would stamp great on packages, envelopes, anything and we’ll even fit the zip code into the pretty banner at the bottom. At $74, it’s a bit larger (2″x3″) and fun for those more decorative parcels or a unique gift idea.
To celebrate the launch of these new goodies, we’re having a short and very special sale with our friends at One Kings Lane. Get ‘em for a rare and mighty discount now through Saturday morning! (If you’re new to One Kings Lane, use this link and you’ll get $15 off.)
Check out all of our custom stamps at shop.paperfinger.com.
Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: Bryn | 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 paperfinger-aug13.brownpapertickets.com.
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: paperfinger-aug13.brownpapertickets.com
Posted: August 5th, 2013 | Author: Bryn | 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.
Jewelry: Erica Weiner
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