MAYBELLE IMASA-STUKULS INTERVIEW PART II | PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH MESSINA

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I am thrilled by the feedback of Maybelle’s interview!  I won’t keep you waiting, because I know you are anxious to read more, so without further ado…

Any tips for newbies on how to develop their own style?

Look at lots of examples, Seek out teachers who offer a style that you really admire, and approach them.  Keep an eye out for special collections at libraries, and exhibits at art museums. The work that you do should feel like it’s coming from you.

Any recommendations of books or classes for lettering enthusiasts to further their studies?

I would recommend IAMPETH, aka the calligraphy convention, I didn’t attend until after ten years of doing this professionally. There are certainly rules to follow, and be prepared to be writing in calligraphy for 8 hours a day with master calligraphers, some of them are in their 80s and 90s, National treasures! One of  the things I love is that you have access to their archives, I wished I discovered it early on last year. If you attend the next one in Indianapolis, be sure to visit the archive room sooner rather than later.

As for books, I love this book Mira Calligraphae Monumenta, but there is a pinterest board. Scripts by Louise Fili, Missing Ink: The lost art of handwriting, (required reading for anyone who loves lettering) 
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MAYBELLE IMASA-STUKULS INTERVIEW PART I | PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH MESSINA

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I feel so very lucky always that calligraphers and lettering artists that I admire have been generous enough with their time and knowledge to do these interviews for us. I am especially grateful for Maybelle’s interview as I feel (and I think most will agree) that she is the grand dame of modern calligraphy, she has been a favorite of Martha Stewart, art directors, brides, the blogosphere, etc. Maybelle was a pioneer in sharing her creative genius with the world and bringing in the modern calligraphy workshops which has spawned a whole industry making calligraphy/lettering accessible to us mere mortals.  I love her dedication and passion for her craft and her endless creativity to whatever project she is working on. If you are interested in this medium then you must try to take one of her classes, I think you will be blown away by her talent, her enthusiasm and her sunny disposition. I have never met anyone this talented and successful and so humble (except for maybe Elizabeth Messina). I hope you enjoy the first part of her interview and stay with us this week for the second part, more photos and a giveaway!

Where are you located?

Oakland, California

How did you get started in lettering?

My background is in Graphic Design and Ceramics. In school we learned create entire alphabets by hand. I have always enjoyed this much attention to detail.  After college, I didn’t take the usual path that a graphic designer would, instead I was hired as a flight attendant for a major US airline. I lived abroad and would send letters to my family and friends back in Hawaii. Like most designers I collect anything and everything with type, in particular anything written in script. I love it all.  I fell in love with a hand written menu at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. It was unlike anything I had seen before. It wasn’t classic, or perfect copperplate calligraphy that I was used to seeing. It was expressive and it had a lot of soul. You could tell immediately, it was written by hand. I found out that it was done by Lauren McIntosh, an artist and painter, who is self taught. I learned that she co-owns a beautiful shop called “Tail of the Yak” and that she offered classes in her studio.  My husband purchased a series of classes with Lauren as a Christmas gift one year. Soon after, I sent samples of my invitation designs to Martha Stewart Weddings, the designs did not include any work in calligraphy but I did follow up a week later and sent them a letter, one of the editors noticed my lettering and asked me if I was a calligrapher, and that’s when I became a professional calligrapher. Her wedding was featured as an 8 page story in their beautiful magazine. The rest as they say is history.

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What are some of your favorite supplies?

I love Onion skin paper you can find them at antiques markets, or on ebay, but I just found some here.  I love Clairfontaine or Rhodia paper. They are basically the same paper, except the Clairfontaine paper has gold foiled cover (swoon!) This pen was the one Lauren gave me in her class. I used it for many years until  I started offering workshops and realized that its not ideal for beginners.  For my workshops, I use Nikko G and a straight pen holder. I love Dr. Ph. Martins Matte Star black and Sumi ink,  Moon Palace No. 170 to be exact. My new favorite pen and nib.

Can you name some of your inspirations?

I love to travel. I ditch guidebooks and spend lots of time in stationery stores, drug and grocery stores. Artists that inspire me: Calligrapher Bernard Maisner, Sabine Pick, Stephanie Fishwick, Magpie Paperworks. Also: Edward Gorey, Sara Midda, Maira Kalman, Cy Twombly, Eliott Puckette, Elvis Swift, Isamu Noguchi, Louise Bourgeois.

To be continued….

I know there’s many links that you will want to be exploring so I will conclude the interview tomorrow, remember if you have questions for Maybelle please leave them in the comments!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

A WEEK OF MAYBELLE IMASA-STUKULS PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH MESSINA

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This week has been a long time coming, but I had no idea that it would come together so beautifully; not only would I be able to feature Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls but to be able to pair it with Elizabeth Messina’s beautiful photographs as well?  Pinch me!  Maybelle has been one of my most requested interviews from you, I get dozens of emails each day of, “When are you going to interview Maybelle?”  I happen to adore Maybelle both professionally and personally, I consider her my dear friend and as many of you know she is a busy bee, traveling around the globe teaching workshops, working on commercial projects and even helping friends like Elizabeth Messina create such beautiful vignettes as the one above.

I can’t wait to share her story with you, reveal some of her favorite nibs, books and inspiration, so I hope you will join me this week for Maybelle’s grand interview!

P.S.  Go ahead and pin that image, I know you want to…

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

OLIVER JEFFERS RULES!

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The absolute best thing about having started my blog is the people I have met through the years. I feel so fortunate because in my ‘real’ life prior to blogging I was always working and 99% of that work was from home so I didn’t  really get a chance to meet like minded people, the blog changed all that nonsense and I have met some pretty spectacular individuals that I think the world of.  One of those people is the wildly creative Suzonne of  Urban Comfort. Last Spring I was fortunate enough to visit Suzonne in New Orleans and met her son Hudson, (a perfect Southern gentlemen in the making). I received a parcel in the mail the day before Christmas which took me over a month to open because I was a little out of it (understatement).  When I finally did open one of the beautifully wrapped gifts it had the above enclosed note, my favorite part reads, “I’m happy you had a baby.”  I loved it so much I put the note on the refrigerator and smile every time I read it.  Hudson happens to have wonderful taste in books, some of his favorites include mine (I too am a Green Eggs & Ham fan), but he introduced me to a new favorite The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers.

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MATCHMAKER FONT

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A few weeks ago I was visiting my fave font shop and found this lovely little font called Matchmaker. I thought it could be a good font to mention as I know that the long ‘tails’ are very coveted on the blogosphere.  It’s a simple, sweet and affordable font, purchasing helps a new mom out (no not me, the creator of the font). I reached out to Angie B. the font designer to let her know that I thought she had a good thing going here and found out she has a five month old, then I proceeded to ask how she was doing it.  I think I may start asking more creative mommy’s how they are doing it (the whole work and mommy thing), because I feel like I need lots of help.  It may ‘take a village’ to do a lot of things but I need to access the entire globe for help.  I was adamant that I wasn’t going to turn this into a ‘mommy’ blog once Elle was born, but it’s who I am now, I’m a mom and I have lots of questions and I need lots of answers and to tap into the wealth of experience that is the world wide web, maybe there are others out there that are interested as well, those who are mom’s, those that are mom’s to-be, or those that need to know the truth about life with baby (newsflash no one is glamorous with throw-up in their hair).

Oh and if you are wondering how I was able to get this post in, my little babe has been sleeping for an unprecedented two hours!  Two hours?!  I feel like I just won the Lotto, she’s never slept for more than an hour during the day, so this was a happy surprise as I want her to be able to sleep and of course I want to be able to work so I can provide for her (which is why I am procrastinating by blogging).  Every day is a learning experience and every day things change with a baby, thank you for your visits, they keep me going and keep me from feeling like I am doing this all on my own.

P.S. To access the ‘tails’ in Adobe Illustrator you can got to ‘type’ and then ‘glyphs’ and a box will pop up of all the glyphs which is the technical tern for the ‘tails’. Our friend Debi Sementelli (of Bellucia font fame) created a video on importing glyphs from Illustrator or InDesign into Photoshop that you may find very helpful.  There currently  isn’t a glyphs panel in Photoshop. In Microsoft Word I believe you can access via ‘text’ then ‘symbol’ and then ‘insert’, but I haven’t used Word in ages so if someone wants to correct me on that please feel free to!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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