Yay, I’m so excited to share those lovely photos from the second edition of #phillycalligraphybrunch that took place last weekend. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to make this second series of classes possible. I hope you learned a lot, and are just bursting with calligraphy enthusiasm! I love to see your progress, so please feel free to use our hashtag on instagram as you practice!
Both classes took place in my studio in Fishtown and were taught by the lovely Alyssa Thiel of Parris Chic. Alyssa did a great job of covering the basic strokes, how to form each letter, and creating your own unique calligraphy style. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually a LOT to cover in a 2.5 hour period! We finished out the class with some open practice time, and of course, a little valentines making. I provided some simple watercolor hearts, cut craft paper hearts, washi tape, tiny envelopes, and a variety of ink colors so the students could experiment.
The food was provided by my friends at Steap and Grind. If you are in Philly, just GO HERE! Before I had the studio space, S&G was my #1 coffee shop hangout. It’s a great place to meet large or small groups of clients. They have a beautiful board room style table in the back, and great modern decor throughout the space. They also blend their own teas, so be sure have a chai latter here. It’s one of the few places in Philadelphia I’ve found that doesn’t make their chai from a powdery mix (bleh), instead you have about 15 black tea blends to choose from. Anyway, for the calligraphy brunch, they did a bang up job for us. We had pastries galore– three kinds of mini scones, chocolate, plain and almond croissants, fruit salad, and greek yogurt with honey and granola, and three different kinds of tea sandwiches. It was awesome, and I’ve been snacking on their yummy granola all week. We also had their house blend of coffee, and mimosas to sip on. I’m a pretty big coffee snob so when I tell you that the coffee was excellent, I really mean it! Thanks steap and grind, you guys rock!
The furniture was provided by Maggpie Vintage Rentals. We got to test-drive some of their latest additions in the whitman tables and lincoln chairs in a mix of copper and white. I went for some of their more modern styles, but they have a huge and awesome selection of available options. It’s a really beautifully curated collection with lots of variety and charm. They’re also a breeze to work with. It’s a small company and they provide great customer service while being totally cool and relaxed about everything. I’d highly recommend Maggpie if you need furniture rentals for a wedding or event!
Last but not least is Hedgerow General. We provided calligraphy kits to each of the students with the basic supplies they would each need to start learning calligraphy, and the students took these kits home with them to continue practicing their new skills. I added a few non essential but adorable items to their kits from Hedgerow General. They sell a beautiful collection of home goods , stationery, accessories, etc. I picked up some field notes journals for note taking, and blackwing pencils (which seem to be incredibly hard to find).
Thanks again to everyone involved in this event! It turned out wonderfully, and I couldn’t have done it without you! If you are interested in attending a future class, I’m thinking about planning one during the summer. Please leave a comment below and I will add your name to the mailing list. Have a nice weekend!
All photos by Inna of Peach Plum Pear Photo.