Seattle Calligraphy Meetup – Thursday, February 2, 2017

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After taking a short break for the holidays, I’m excited to announce that the first Seattle Calligraphy Meet-up in 2017 is happening this week!

To cultivate community and calligraphy in the Seattle area, we host a meet-up once a month (or so) that’s free of cost and open to the public. An informal affair, people who share an interest in lettering gather together to get inspired, try new supplies, and make friends in the process.

Grab a friend and your supplies and join us for our next Seattle Calligraphy Meetup!

  • Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • Roy Street Coffee and Tea, 700 Broadway East, Seattle
  • REGISTER on Eventbrite

In case that date doesn’t work for you, my immensely talented friend Hillary Grant is hosting her Type Treatment Seattle meet-up this weekend! With two lettering events happening in one week, it’s what you might call double trouble!


  • Saturday, February 4 from 2 to 6pm
  • Optimism Brewing, 1158 Broadway, Seattle
  • Details

Found and Gathered: Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

Photo by Michaela @yomichaela

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Found and Gathered event at WeWork in Seattle on using social media to grow your business. My lovely makeup artist friend Mimi Banasik and I went together to get inspired and we were tickled pink to bump into friends, old and new, and meet some people in real life for the first time!

Cherie Marquez from Found & Gathered was the moderator of the panel and her guests included Kris Rosentrater, President of Storyville Coffee, Kennesha Buycks, Creative Director of Restoration House, and Lisa Dawn Drogin, Founder of Story of My Dress. It was a powerful panel!

Here were some of my key takeaways in the form of my tweets that night:

How do you use social media to continue the conversation and engage with your audience?

Brush and Bloom Floral Crown and Watercolor Calligraphy Workshop Giveaway

Brush & Bloom Floral Crown and Calligraphy Workshop Giveaway

This weekend I’m co-teaching with Seattle florist Amy from Gather where you will channel your inner gypsy heart for a daylong workshop with Brush & Bloom, making a bohemian floral crown and a brush calligraphy quote that speaks the language of your soul. We’re giving away a ticket to Saturday’s workshop!

There are several ways to enter the contest on Instagram

  1. Repost the photo with hashtag #brushandbloomgiveaway for 5 entries
  2. Tag a friend who might be interested in the workshop and giveaway for 1 entry each. 
  3. Follow @brushandbloomsea, @gatherwestcoast, @cablecarcalligraphy and @mossfloor, then leave a comment that you’re following. This counts as one entry. 

The contest goes from Tuesday, April 12 to Friday, April 15 and the winner will be announced at 6pm on Friday.

The Brush & Bloom workshop will be held at 1417 10th Ave. Seattle, WA at New Tomorrow from 12pm – 6pm. The workshop includes instruction on watercolor calligraphy, floral crown design, and includes a portrait session with your floral crown and calligraphy at the end of class. The workshop is valued at $199. If you are already registered, you will receive your money back. 

Per Instagram rules, this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use. 

Brush and Bloom floral crown workshop with Gather and Cable Car Calligraphy

We have extended our early bird pricing of $169 for the whole workshop, or you can cherry pick from the calligraphy or floral crown portion for just $85. Hope you can join us! If the date doesn’t work for you, we would be happy to explore doing a private party for you and your girlfriends! Contact for details.

Seattle Calligraphy Meetup: Tuesday, March 29 at Roy Street Coffee & Tea

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For the last few months I’ve been hosting a casual calligraphy meetup around Seattle as a way to foster community, build better relationships, and provide opportunities to practice. You don’t have to have to have been through my calligraphy class to attend: it’s open to the public and free! Well, besides your hot chocolate, that is :)

Grab your sketch book and supplies and join us!

  • Tuesday, March 29th from 7-9pm
  • Roy Street Coffee & Tea in Capitol Hill

Hope to see you there :)

Announcing Brush & Bloom: Wild & Free Floral Crowns and Soulful Calligraphy

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Back in December, I sat down with the ever-lovely Amy from GATHER Westcoast for coffee and we decided to embark on a collaborative class teaching floral design and calligraphy in a day-long workshop. We had our first Brush & Bloom workshop in February and are thrilled to announce our latest workshop Wild & Free on Saturday, April 16 where we’ll teach floral crowns and soulful calligraphy.

Brush & Bloom: Wild and Free. you belong among the wildflowers

  • Saturday, April 16 from 11am – 6pm
  • New Tomorrow, 1417 10th Ave. Seattle, WA
  • $199, early bird pricing $169 until Sunday, March 27

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We’ll end class with professional photos of each student wearing their crown and holding their framed print.  We hope you’ll join us and let your inner gypsy delight in these tactile arts.

Champagne and snacks will be provided, as will all floral crown and brush calligraphy materials.

For more details, visit our Brush & Bloom page. If you register by Sunday, March 27, you can get the special early bird rate of $169. Hope you can join us!

Photos by Moss Floor | Floral Crowns by GATHER Westcoast | Makeup by Taylour Chanel | Wardrobe by Cable Car Couture | Calligraphy by Cable Car Calligraphy | Models Angie Hansen + Neal Haley

Corporate Calligraphy: Brush Calligraphy Class at Moz

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On Friday I had the pleasure of teaching a Brush Calligraphy class at Moz, an SEO and marketing tech company based in downtown Seattle. The class was a gathering of Moz’s lovely employees as well as one lucky pup (Dogs are integral to the company culture at Moz!).

Friday’s “overhead at calligraphy class” quote came from Mallari talking about the connections on the letter O: “It’s like a toupee, you never see where it stops or starts.”


Friday’s calligraphy take home goodie was an homage to spring.


Photo by Jennie Moore

If you want to learn calligraphy, we can bring the class to you! It’s a perfect way to build morale at work and can be a great option for a company retreat. We require a minimum of 5 attendees and the person arranging the workshop attends the class on the house. Special pricing for classes of 12+. Check out our Private Calligraphy Class page for more details.

New Ted Baker Store at Bellevue Square

Recently the new Ted Baker store opened its doors at Bellevue Square. Known for its luxury clothing, including menswear and women’s wear, this is the only Ted Baker on the west coast north of San Francisco. While his line has been carried at Nordstrom, now you too can dress “Ted to toe”!


I was at the opening and was delighted by the store merchandising and “high tea” theme of the store, which apparently is an homage to Seattle’s love of coffee. On the night of the event they had lovely juice and gin drinks served in beautiful china dishes.


It’s located down the aisle from the Kate Spade store at Bellevue Square. Check it out!

Brush & Bloom: Floral Design + Calligraphy Workshop

Brush & Bloom: Calligraphy & Floral Design Workshop

Take two of the most romantic arts and combine them in a single workshop and you’ll have Brush & Bloom, a floral design & calligraphy workshop. The brainchild of floral designer Amy Ly of GATHER Westcoast and myself, come to class and build a verdant floral centerpiece, and create an original Valentine for your love, yourself, or your bestie.

  • Saturday, February 13, 2016
  • 10am to 3pm
  • New Tomorrow, 1417 10th Ave. Seattle
  • $249
  • Register today!

Brush & Bloom: A Floral Design & Calligraphy Workshop

You can make your Valentine as sensual as you want. No judgment here!

Brush & Bloom: A Floral Design & Calligraphy Workshop

We’ll have a variety of blooms available for you to choose from so you can create a bouquet that reflects your own personal tastes.

Brush & Bloom: A Floral Design & Calligraphy Workshop

Think about what phrase you might want to letter in class and I’ll help you hone your design.

Brush & Bloom: A Floral Design & Calligraphy Workshop

Hope to see you in class!

  • Photography: Tessa Budny
  • Floral Design: Amy Ly of GATHER Westcoast
  • Calligraphy: Sarah Ward of Cable Car Calligraphy

Introducing Seattle Calligraphy Club

This year I’m excited to start hosting a monthly Calligraphy Club!

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Photo by Kelsey Lane Photography

To really master a skill, you need to get it into your cells and the only way to do that is practice. Join us for a monthly calligraphy club where we’ll gather to practice, share and get constructive feedback to enhance our letter-forms. Calligrapher Sarah Ward will be available to give suggestions for improvement. A great way to network and cultivate your calligraphy skills!

Bring your supplies and your sketchbook, look forward to lettering alongside you.

  • Tuesday, January 12th from 7-9pm
  • Street Bean Coffee @ 2711 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA
  • $10 for Cable Car Calligraphy students, $20 for new calligraphy member
  • Register here!

Toronto’s Santa is so on trend this year: Yorkdale Fashion Santa


This year the Toronto mall Yorkdale had a different approach to Santa. Instead of the jolly old Coca-cola Saint Nick we’re used to seeing, Yorkdale’s Santa is en vogue! Fashion Santa did a photo shoot where he modeled all the latest trends in men’s fashion.




If you get a selfie taken with Santa and use hashtag #YorkdaleFashionSanta, they’ll donate $1 to charity. Read more here!