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paperfinger for skillshare : calligraphy class #1!
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Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script

An Online Skillshare Class by Bryn Chernoff

My first of three modern calligraphy courses for Skillshare is now live! Teaser above.

Calligraphy I: Writing in Classic Modern Script is a one-hour course, broken into 16 short video lessons, four project steps with a whole collection of worksheets and handy resources I created to help with your practice. The final project is to write a meaningful name, quotation, or passage in a simple calligraphy script. This enjoyable project is a perfect way to spend time with words you love, grow your calligraphy skills, and practice making artistic decisions in pursuit of beautiful handwriting.

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Skillshare says: "Transform your handwriting into beautiful script in this one-hour class with Brooklyn calligrapher Bryn Chernoff. Always welcoming and encouraging, she covers all the details aspiring calligraphers need to get started. From materials and setting up a workspace to basic shapes, line widths, movement, and connecting individual letters, this class is a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable guide. Plus, with 7 Skillshare-exclusive practice pages, a guide for straight lines, and countless inspiration photos, there’s no clearer introduction to the world of nibs, ink, and beautiful writing.

Coming Soon: Two more one-hour, project-based classes from Bryn Chernoff on the art of beautiful handwriting! Watch for Calligraphy II: Diversify Your Script Styles and Calligraphy III: Experiment with Layouts, Surfaces, and Digitization."

Sign up via this referral link so that Skillshare knows I sent you and enjoy a one-month free trial membership! I'll let you know when the next two courses are released.

** I've also created two special supply kits that are now available from my favorite supply source, John Neal Bookseller. There's a perfect starter kit with all the basics for $20.99 or a more complete collection of inks, papers and supplies for $57.99. Both kits come at a discount for you when you buy those supplies all together. Exclusively for Paperfinger friends! Shop the supplies here.

cameron moll : brooklyn bridge poster

lg-bridge Cameron Moll's letterpress masterpiece of type is not just a beautiful representation of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. "In the artwork, there’s a metric tonne of hidden text: names of the architect, engineers, and laborers that perished; shops and restaurants in Brooklyn; and other items with relation to the bridge...The time spent designing the artwork was more than 300 hours, but the time spent doing research—trips to Brooklyn, studying the bridge, selecting typefaces, thoroughly annotating The Great Bridge—is easily double or triple that amount.”

You may notice the typo in "Brooklyn" on the images -- there's a funny story to go along with that too. Check out his website dedicated to the project and explore options for purchase. Bravo Cameron!



(*via HOW Design)

martha stewart weddings : emily and marco

2014MSW-Emily-Marco-MSW_Cover_SIP1_2014[1] So thrilled with the images from Emily and Marco's wedding at Wave Hill, which is now featured in the 2014 Martha Stewart Real Weddings special issue. It was the result of a lot of hard work by a great team, listed below.

Paperfinger contributed all the calligraphy for print and individual paper goods, as designed and produced by the superb Katie of Katie Fischer Design. You can see the calligraphy invitation suite pictured in the magazine's spread below. It was letterpressed and then each piece hand-painted with a light wash of watercolor by Katie.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell Event planning: Ang Weddings and Events Flowers and event design: Saipua Catering: Great Performances



goodbye dear KIOSK : for now...

Sad to hear that one of my favorite shops, KIOSK, is closing it's doors on Spring Street because the building is being torn down. They'll likely reopen somewhere else in the city, but who knows where for now. So get in for big sales while you can, or shop online. Use code ADIOS95 or 41AHOY for 25% off everything and 75% off sale items.

Here are a few current finds from around the world.

Bread & Puppet Posters ($18, $28)


(*via Racked)

paperfinger // 2013 highlights. workshops!

paperfinger-workshop-msw1 From the offices of Martha Stewart Weddings, to my own Brooklyn studio, to the floral studio of Poppies & Posies, to several co-hosted workshops: in Portland with Neither Snow and at the letterpress headquarters of Regas New York, I had the pleasure of hosting quite a few calligraphy workshops in 2013 and met lots of lovely folks in the process. Stay tuned for the next series later this spring (subscribe for updates at the bottom of this post).

















paperfinger // 2013 highlights . eve & nick

5252fabf24e5a$!400x We created invitations and illustrated table signs for Eve & Nick's wedding on the rooftop terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Great to see it featured on Style Me Pretty this past November! You can view the full gallery there.

Eve writes: "A brunch-themed cocktail hour included egg and cheese crostini, french toast bites, and mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys. In lieu of table numbers, we assigned each table a New York City landmark, illustrated and calligraphed by Paperfinger, who also designed our invitations. We set locations based on the guests seated at each table — for example, we sat at the Museum of Natural History table, the New York landmark where we got engaged, and in a winking nod to our sense of humor, we sat the groom’s high school friends, all native New Yorkers, at the Times Square table."

Stationery: Paperfinger Photography: Kelly Kollar Dress: Amsale Floral Design: Rachel Cho Floral Design Hotel: Gramercy Park Hotel (New York, New York)










flowers & bubbly : poppies & posies workshop

Flowers & Bubbly Enjoy an afternoon of flower arranging and bubbly with my dear friends and event industry colleagues, Juliet Totten and Sierra Steifman, owners of Poppies & Posies. The best of the bunch!

You will learn to create lush, garden-inspired arrangements. From selecting the perfect product, to technique & composition, attendees will leave with a in depth knowledge of the art of floral design.

All materials including clippers, flowers, and vessels are yours to take home at the end of the course. Refreshments & snacks will be provided. All levels of experience are welcome.

Sunday October 6th from 1pm-5pm for $500. Register here. Wish I could be there!

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the museum of you : jake barton TED talk

Yesterday I watched a moving and interesting TED Talk by Jake Barton, design principal of the firm Local Projects, who was behind the development and design of Storycorps among many other major projects.

His current focus is on the exhibits of the 9/11 Memorial Museum and this talk explains their approach as well as his view of the significance of story in how we remember history. Hope you enjoy it too and that it adds something to your awareness of today's significance.

new calligraphy workshop! : aug 29th in brooklyn

paperfinger-workshop-header I'm excited to be hosting another beginner's calligraphy workshop later this month at the Poppies & Posies studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

Sign up and find out more at

About the Workshop:

This class will focus on getting you comfortable with how to use the traditional instruments of calligraphy, but with Paperfinger's modern and laid-back style. We'll get acquainted with nibs, ink and paper and then dive into the art of elegant correspondence with techniques and styles for writing a beautiful note.

Ideal for: Calligraphy newbies

You'll learn: - How to use the classic tools of calligraphy; - Paperfinger techniques; - Tips on writing a beautiful note

Take-home goodies: A complete calligraphy starter kit full of Paperfinger's favorite supplies! Included with each ticket purchase.

What it'll be like: Informative and fun! BYOB or enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some cookies. Gather up some pals and do it together. Or come on your own! The Poppies & Posies studio is a really cool place to spend an evening. You'll practice, play with inks and paper...and then write a pretty note to a friend or dream up some cool lettering.

** Can't make it to these dates/location or sold out too soon? Drop us a note at to let us know and we'll try to book something convenient for you soon!

Stay tuned for more classes coming in Brooklyn and Portland, OR this fall. And thanks for spreading the word!

To sign up:

equipment : homme for femme

m_q23e315k_nudetrueblack_side Wouldn't mind a closet full of these.

The line EQUIPMENT was originally established in 1976 by Christian Restoin whose primary idea was to create menswear shirts for women. EQUIPMENT was recently relaunched in 2010 by Serge Azria with the same vision, plus new designs and a bunch of other developments, like a cashmere collection and men's line. Here's a few from my wish list.

Shop online or in their NYC or LA boutiques.





brooklyn grange rooftop farm : collaborative wedding shoot

paperfinger-les-loups I am so thrilled with the images from Ro of Les Loups Photography from a recent wedding shoot at the nearby Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. As soon as I heard the line-up of collaborators, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

The shoot was produced by Viva Max Weddings; florals and design by Molly Oliver Flowers; catering by Parker Red; make-up by Blades Natural Beauty; hair by Jackie Schneider Beauty. (Additional vendor and shoot details below.)

Paperfinger contributed new designs just for the shoot -- a tall and narrow slanted calligraphy invitation with watercolor border; a coordinated modern slanted menu design with watercolor heading and matching table numbers. It all came together so well, here's a look at lots of wonderful images. What a killer spot!

Thanks again to Les Loups for all the photos and to this amazing team.













Dress: Carleen Jewelry: Erica Weiner Shoes:Dieppa Restrepo Suit & Groom Styling: Brooklyn Tailors Tent & Rentals:Atlas Party Rentals Table Top Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals Furniture Rentals: Patina Rentals Plant & Vase Rentals: GRDN Linens & Props: John Derian Company

abe & frank : wedding calligraphy at the foundry

AFwedding26-500x750 Abe & Frank's wedding at the Long Island City Foundry was featured yesterday on Design*Sponge!

I'm so happy to see the pics (nice work by Scott Clark!) from their beautiful day, particularly with gorgeous flowers by my pals Poppies & Posies.

I provided calligraphy for Abe & Frank's invitation addressing and had the fun task of writing mirror and zinc menus for the cocktail bar and dinner tables, which you see pictured above and below. The Foundry makes for such a great venue as always.

And of course, seeing these pics after yesterday's Supreme Court decision just adds to the joy of them. View the full post on Design*Sponge.