Monday, January 11, 2016

Chalk One Up



Last weekend I was honored and excited to be asked to teach one of the six mini-workshops at San Francisco Friends of Calligraphy's Trivial Pursuits XXVIII ! The calligraphers' version of speed dating, this event has each teacher meets with five groups of eight for fifty minutes each. The wonderful Evelyn Eldridge chaired the event and made everything run like clockwork.

Planning the class gave me the opportunity to reflect on how I got into doing chalk lettering, which was after a kitchen remodel during which it was suggested we paint a wall black to make it 'disappear'. After a few years of staring at that wall, one Christmas I impulsively wrote a snippet of a carol on it to add to the decorations. This was the humble first one:



I decided to make it an annual tradition, so I made a template on graph paper, blocking out the 'obstacles': TV, framed artwork, beam, etc.



The designs got a teensy bit more elaborate.



And here is this year's iteration.



Of course, there was nowhere near enough time at Trivial Pursuits for something this large in a fifty-minute class! Things had to be scaled down. So a sweet little book by Patti Digh, entitled "Four Word Self Help", came to mind.  Four words seemed doable, so I picked a few of them and made thumbnail sketches to scale for our 15" X 20" black foam boards.









And one more I read somewhere, sometime:


After studying a couple of inspiration boards filled with vintage lettering and alphabets, and establishing a list of elements to work into the design, my FOC colleagues dove right in and transferred one of the phrases onto their pieces of foam board--with, of course, artistic license. It was a joy to see what all these talented calligraphers came up with to make them their own!




A fun event and an inspiring day! Thanks to all for your enthusiasm!

Bay Area Lettering Class - January 23


Monday, December 7, 2015

Hittin' the Bottle

'Tis the season...for making bottles---of wine, olive oil, jam, fragrance, whatever---into special gifts! Glass engraving is highlighted with gold or silver inlay.











Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beginning Copperplate Class starts October 10!

Me with my piece exhibited at Kalligraphia in the SF Public Library

Whew! It's been a whirlwind few months, and I'll be posting a little retrospective soon, but wanted to give a shout out to anyone in the Bay Area who is interested in learning Copperplate (pointed pen) calligraphy! I'll be teaching a series of four classes in Marin, currently scheduled for October 10, October 17, October 31 and November 14 from 12:30 to 2:30 each day. For info and registration, go to http://www.meetup.com/Mill-Valley-Calligraphy-Meetup/. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Puttin' On The Spritz

Issey Miyake City Blossom event

Here's me at the office! Spent the last two weekends personalizing Mother's Day cards to go along with fragrance purchases at Macy's San Francisco flagship store on Union Square. Lots of crazy, busy fun!

My Burberry event

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Triple Threat



As a mom and school director, I have probably been involved in 25 or 30 charity auctions for schools and sports teams. Over the years it has become painfully clear I have absolutely no sense of what will attract the interest of bidders. Once I copied an item (non-calligraphic) I had seen go for $600 a few years before...then watched it go for 60 bucks, probably less than it cost to make it. Another time I donated anonymously--still no dice. I've even bought back my own stuff to be sure it didn't get tossed! In other words, I am the Kiss of Death (KOD) for auction items.

But I'm giving it one more shot this year! I've chosen three verses that are special to the children and known to the parents at the school, and illuminated the heck out of them. Gold leaf, crystals, Spectralite, Finetec, the works! I figure even if these babies don't go for much, I sure had a great time making them. Each is a little less than 5"x5", and I popped them into 8" x 8" frames.



Please hold a good thought that the KOD curse has lifted, and that these find good homes and raise some golden coins for the magical Mountain School!




Update 3/29/15: There were bidding wars and these puppies raised well over $1K for the school! Yesss! The curse is lifted.

Update 5/15/15: Two families offered to match the top bids on their favorite piece, so now we're over $1900!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Monogram On My Mind


Recently had a visit from a dear friend who showed a gratifying interest in my work in the studio. I wanted to thank her for that, and for other favors received...so hoped she would enjoy a little bit of glitz and bling!





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