Guys, summer was wild. So fun, so good, and while I am sad that it is over, I am also really excited for the fall and all the new and exciting things fall brings - another post on that soon!
I wanted to do a little look back on summer, though, as this was my first summer doing on some on site calligraphy work (whaaaat!) - and the journey has been long, but so, so good. This summer I got to work with some big clients to do some on-site work for them, which was a dream come true for me. I'm so thankful for these opportunities - these weren't ones that I had gone looking for, and it was always a shock when they got in touch with me. There's this term "planned happenstance", which is about embracing the seemingly random and unplanned things that life throws at you (or I think that's what that term is about...) - and I like to think of these things as happy moments of planned happenstance.
Rad Event #1: Private Event for Mont-Blanc!
I always used to walk past the Mont-Blanc store here in Montreal and gaze in wonder at their fountain pens, but not so long that my breath would fog up the glass... haha. And let me say, the wonder that comes with how they look is 100% accurate - these pens are so, so gorgeous. I don't think I've ever written with a more beautiful fountain pen - nor do I think i ever will.
I was hired to write some quotes on some stunning Thornwillow Paper, this beautiful, high quality paper, and eventually writing the quote below for each set, some in an emerald green, and others in a burgundy red.
Writing with fountain pens is a very different thing for me - the calligraphy I am used to doing has a flexible nib that allows me to do thin and broad strokes depending on the pressure from my hand. I recently bought a very low-end Pilot fountain pen just to experiment with, and I definitely see the appeal of fountain pens and the mindset behind it, especially of investing in a quality pen and getting ink for it, vs the throwaway and use-it-lose-it nature of ballpoint pens. After all, I don't think fountain pens are made to be objects easily tossed or forgotten, while ballpoint pens in packs of twenty at the dollar store probably are. So I like the mentality behind a fountain pen; rather than having lots of cheap ballpoint pens lying around, hanging out at the bottom of bags or stuffed in a drawer, I think a fountain pen would be practice in having less (ie. just one, in my case) and cherishing that one object. This may or may not begin a dangerous obsession/collection for my wallet...
Rad Event #2: On-Site Calligraphy for the Opening of Simons Gatineau!
For those of you who don't live in Quebec, Simons is a clothing/home store from Quebec that is AWESOME. When I used to visit Montreal, I would always make sure we made a stop at Simons, because we didn't have it in Ontario! Happily, Simons is expanding (YAY!) and opening up stores all across Canada. So, for their store opening in Gatineau, I was hired to do some on-site calligraphy work, which was making place cards in their home section for customers with their own personalized list of guests! Customers would fill out a little form of up to 8 guests, and I'd write it out for them on the spot! It was a fun and busy weekend - I'd never done an event like that before, so it was a really great new experience for me! I've written the most French names I've ever written (lots of Benoits and Maximes), and wrote out names of cats and gaming usernames...! Maybe one day I'll do a post on The Most Unusual Things I've Ever Written...
It's always such a pleasure to get to see people react to my work - I love showing my calligraphy to the Internet and all of you behind your screens, but it's also really, really special to get to see people's reactions live. I get to have some really neat conversations about handwriting and forgotten arts and why I do calligraphy, and it's a delight to do that stuff in person.
Summer has been so wonderful and so full, but I'm also really excited for this fall! There's lots of exciting stuff happening this month, and I can't wait to share it with you all!