We’ve long admired the elegant lettering of artist, designer and calligrapher Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. Her classes sold out last weekend, which prompted us to add a morning class on September 7th. That sold out too. Now, we’ve added a final class in the afternoon of September 7th, from 3-6pm. This will be it for a while folks, so jump on this and sign up quickly, all the details here.
21st Century Calligraphy Workshop with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls
Date: Saturday, September 7
*Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Where: Poketo Store
820 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Registration is $150, all supplies included.
Class size is limited to 20 students.
In a previous blog post, Maybelle discussed her background, inspirations, and what to expect in the workshop. In the second installment of our interview with the talented Maybelle, we ask her about the essential tools, favorite designs and how she juggles her work and motherhood!
1. What are the essential tools that anyone would need to get started with calligraphy?
One doesn’t realize at first, but you need the right combination of nib, paper and ink, they are crucial to your success as a beginner.
2. How do you go about choosing the type of paper to use?
Sometimes the paper is dictated by the client and the kind of project we are working on. This poses all kinds of challenges in getting the right kind of mixture of ink to work with the paper provided. If the work is going to be reproduced, for printing, I like to use a 100% cotton vellum, smooth bright white.
3. Can you describe the thought process that goes into each design?
I start out with lots of sketches, I’ll maybe look through my books, or go to the library and randomly pick out anything on the shelves for inspiration. If it is a couple that I am working with, I will look their inspiration or even Pinterest board.
4. What amazes you about the alphabet?
Alphabetical Order has always fascinated me. This is a system that we have used for centuries, and the order has not changed in all that time.
5. Can you share with us some of your favorite designs and why you chose them?
I love the Ceramic Apothecary Jar that I created for C.O. Bigelow. I studied Ceramic Sculpture and so far it’s been the only project has where Ceramics and Calligraphy have intersected.
6. What are some misconceptions of calligraphy and how would you dispel them?
Sometimes people feel that what they are Calligraphy to look perfect for it to be beautiful and people are really hard on themselves when they are just starting out. If you look at my calligraphy, you will see that it is not exactly perfect and I have come to embrace that there is beauty within this imperfection. Learn to let go of this perfectionism and you will discover that it is liberating and the results are beautiful.
7. You’re a mom to twins and your run your own business…can you describe a typical day in your life?
I have to manage my time very well. My kids are in preschool only 3 days a week so I have to use that time to get my work done. I schedule my phone and client meetings only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
A typical work day goes like this: 7 am wake up, breakfast, get kids dressed, and out the door. Drop kids off to Pre school, head to gym. 10 am start my day, answering any e-mails, and start work. In most cases its envelope addressing. I can only do so many at a time (about 25) and then I need to take a break, so I go on to another project like packing up an etsy order. Work continues into the afternoon, until I have to get the kids at 5 p.m. I prepare dinner and bath time, then my husband comes home and takes over with bed time by reading to the kids at 7 pm, I am exhausted at this point, but I head back to the studio and work until sometimes midnight. On the days that I have the kids all day, in addition to weekly soccer and ballet lessons I have to get my business related errands like buying supplies at the art store, going to the post office, etc done.