We simply LOVE the workshop space at Workshop Chicago and were fortunate to teach 2 more beginner calligraphy sessions there a couple weeks ago! Joy of Joy Lyn Photography stopped by to snap a few pics of the wonderful space for us. We again worked with Fleur Inc & Elysia Root Cakes for flowers & treats ~ it’s really great as we get to know fellow creatives in more & more cities as well travel.

A lot of people wonderful if Laura & I go sightseeing in the cities that we visit and the truth is that we really don’t! We travel so often for our classes {you can see the 2016 schedule so far here}, that at this point we pretty much just get in, get prepped, teach the classes, then head back to our respective homes {DC area for Laura, LA for me, Alyssa}.

Our trips usually start with a long day of travel for at least one of us & when we get to our city we head straight to the hotel or venue to collect the class supplies that we’ve shipped in advance. We then spend a few hours sorting through everything and getting a prepared as possible for easy set-up the morning of the class. In NYC we are lucky that we can usually set up the night before and we also layout the supplies for the other three classes we might be having that weekend.

After set-up we will enjoy a nice dinner…and definitely some wine as we toast another weekend of workshops! The next day we will have two back to back classes, then depending on the city/schedule, we will head either straight to the airport for our flights home, or we will venture out for another yummy din & then hit the hay nice and early {think 10pm}. Then next day is basically the same with another rounds of classes and then we head home…usually getting home around 11pm or midnight on Sunday night. As you might imagine, we are both pretty exhausted {with tired feet, especially!} with all that activity, so we don’t usually add sightseeing or nights out at the bars into the mix!!

We truly do feel fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to so many wonderful cities and help keep the art of pointed-pen calligraphy thriving, and we also feel happy to crawl into bed after the long weekend away from home!  We hope to see you in 2016 when we visit San Francisco, DC, Toronto, NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston Chicago & possibly a few more still in the works! Check out the full schedule here, and if you can’t make it to class, we invite you to check out our video tutorial + starter kit found here.

A few more pics from Joy…






Laura + Alyssa