Calligraphy has sadly been a dying art. My parents’ generation still seems to uphold this tradition by way of penmanship – I love opening cards from my mother and seeing her beautiful handwriting. There is something about receiving handwritten notes that makes you feel like someone really put thought and care into it. I remember learning penmanship in grade school (ahem, roughly 24 years ago), but I’m sad to say that I have rarely used it since. My generation is more interested in texting than sending a handwritten letter. Hope isn’t lost though! Thanks to calligraphy artists and stationary designers like Loren James of Four Things Calligraphy, we are starting to see a resurgence of this beautiful artistry – modern calligraphy that is absolutely stunning!
And it’s not only meant to be enjoyed at weddings. Loren shares with us her beautiful Fall calligraphy workshop held at CC Vintage Rentals in San Diego (which has the most beautiful vintage furniture!), and gives us her top 3 ways to incorporate calligraphy into your everyday life. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom!
Loren shares details about the workshop, “I hosted and taught an evening calligraphy workshop in a super unique warehouse of CC Vintage Rentals that was filled to the brim with beautiful vintage furniture and glassware from Not my Dish with romantic market lights hanging from the ceiling. We had long leafy garlands from Botanic Allure down rustic farm tables with minimal florals and sliced oranges (that made the room smell incredible!), pomegranates and persimmons tucked all along them.”
“The students spent the evening snacking on amazing goodies (mini berry pies, pumpkin cupcakes and Nutella pop-tarts!) from winners of Cupcake Wars 2011, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., and sipping on pomegranate peach mimosas while learning the basics of modern calligraphy.”
Loren’s 3 ways to incorporate calligraphy into your everyday life:
- Signs: Whether they are chalkboards, wipe-off boards or paper, you can always add some hand written lettering for a beloved quote, labeling of desserts, instructions for a game, or a simple welcome.
- Place cards: Never underestimate the power of a place card. Even if all your guests already know each other, it will put a smile on their faces to see their names written out beautifully.
- Thank you notes: My favorite way to incorporate calligraphy into everday life! We should be sending less thank you over text and more hand written notes! It’s a dying art, but can brighten someone’s day immensely with just a few short sentences of gratitude.
I love calligraphy because it makes everything more special. When someone receives something with hand done calligraphy on it, it makes them feel so cherished because someone took the time and care to carefully and beautifully write out something especially for them. You can’t beat that feeling with a font. Loren James
We couldn’t agree more Loren! If you are interested in learning calligraphy from Loren, make sure to check out her website and follow her on social media for updates on when her next workshops will be held.