Toronto Calligrapher, Sylvia

Toronto Calligrapher, Sylvia Follow

9-5 Digital Marketing Strategist
5-9 Event Calligrapher & Workshop Instructor
🖤 Leader of @TheJustMarriedJacket pack
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"Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today, ‘cause baby you were born this way." 🏳️‍🌈
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I made this baby to dance my buns off at the last @ladygaga concert and I wanna pass on the good vibes. I’ll send this jacket to anyone willing to donate $200 (less than I charge for custom designs!) to @PrideToronto 🌈 Comment “SOLD” and I’ll message you to work out details.
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The deets: it’s a zara medium, oversized fit, distressed denim jacket. Hand painted, worn once and looking for a fab new owner 🦄 #jacketsviacalligraphy
This amazing group joined me for a workshop at the gorgeous @projectspaces 🌱
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I think it was my 20th workshop with @embiria and I have a confession to make: I somehow packed ONE tracing pad short. I have no idea how I did that (jk I was packing the night before while drunk). But by some miracle of Beysus, one person couldn’t make it so it worked out just fine.
I guess the life lesson here is not to do important things while drinking wine. Or maybe the lesson is to always overpack... I’m not sure.
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The next @embiria beginner brush lettering workshop is up for sale now! Grab a ticket while they last! Join us on July 11 where I will definitely pack extras of everything. 😇 #learningviacalligraphy
Today we’ve been married for two years, @thejustmarriedjacket turned two (it’s been worn for 63 weddings), and @viacalligraphy has kept me SO busy for a year and a half. This day was a catalyst for all that exists on this little Instagram account. So we celebrated yesterday by subwaying around to our favourite places in Toronto and drinking plenty of red wine. 🍷🖤
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📷: @jennifermoher
This one hit me pretty hard.
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When I was younger, culture shock was a real thing and I don’t think I was mature enough to truly enjoy the places I traveled. If there’s anything I’ve learned from Tony, it’s been to immerse yourself completely in a new place by taking their transit, eating their food and venturing off the beaten path because those hole-in-the-walls are usually the best. He never exoticized or sensationalized cultural differences; he humbly respected those differences. He was a true punk and a rebel and opened my mind to the world.
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It’s not an overstatement to say he changed me. I can’t move very far right now, but I will spend the day exploring my own city. For Anthony Bourdain 🖤
I’m pretty sure if you become friends with someone on livejournal (or myspace or asianavenue or neopets), you become friends for life.
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Katrina aka @steadycatalog and I followed each other’s on LJ for years. I think we bonded over our big glasses, shaved hair and septum rings?! Even through so many life changes, we’ve always stayed in touch online. She’s an incredible inspiration for me as a woman in tech, a conscious consumer and just an all around cool person.
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I feel so incredibly lucky that she asked me to create something custom for her wedding day to represent her rebellious style streak. I knew you’d be the coolest bride ever. Congrats Katrina & Taylor! 🖤🖤🖤
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#jacketsviacalligraphy
📷: @jennmanorphoto
By any measure, this workshop was a success. A gathering of 7 amazing ladies (and one surprise last minute dude) who were super interested in bullet journaling and all left ready to crush their goals. I’m so grateful for them!
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But speaking of goals, sometimes you’ve gotta realign when they start to stress you the eff out. This was my first workshop here that didn’t sell out. I’ve had an awesome streak of high demand but for whatever reason, we didn’t reach full capacity. I often talk about overcoming perfectionism but I still hold myself to high standards. When tickets sales slowed, I wondered if it was because of the location, day of the week, my curriculum, if it was just a one time thing or if, worst of all, my relevance is fading. That's the hard thing about entrepreneurship, how invested you are in every outcome.
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After all that worrying, the workshop was wonderful and my next calligraphy workshop sold out because @kanwal.ladha was talking about how much she loved it (because she's one of a few incredible people that comes to multiple workshops of mine!). So maybe I spent a week worrying for nothing. And maybe I should really take a lesson from my own bujo course: Done is better than perfect. Just put it out there & if that something isn't working, just change it the next time around. #viabulletjournal
Last month I took an intensive two day workshop learning a new method of Copperplate Calligraphy with the master Paul Antonio @pascribe.
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I signed up knowing that as a brush letterer, it would be challenging working with more traditional tools but I really wanted to get a more foundational knowledge of calligraphy. Thankfully I had my fellow brush pen friends Becca and Grace with me so I could occasionally give them my Jim Halpert face.
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At the start of the course I felt completely humbled and a little dragged— he talked about how Instagram has popularized modern calligraphy but strips away the origins and proper techniques. Um, guilty! But by the end, holy shit. Game changer.
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So much time was spent on really learning the capability of the tools, how to hold them and how to sit with proper posture. I already knew this but I grip my pen waaaay too tight and it was so obvious that Paul spent extra time helping me correct my pen hold for a more sustainable writing career. We shouldn’t feel so broken after every job!
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Paul really pushed us to “not be idiots” and really think about if we were really hitting 55 strokes with the right weights in the correct quadrants. Swipe to see my proper paper positioning for the angle I hold my pen 🤯 So if the width of your downstrokes extends past the lower 1/6th of your letterforms? We’re judging your technique now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I always say this but workshops are SO completely worth it. Especially when your teacher shows a lot of tough love. Lifelong learning is an investment in yourself and I can’t wait to pass on the knowledge to my students 🖤 #learningviacalligraphy
I can’t believe it’s already June! I live for the summer ☀️
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This month, I’ve seriously got a bullet journal workshop, calligraphy workshop and speaking engagement coming up. That paired with wedding season is just... a lot. So I’ve been trying to be more minimal with my phone lately and I deleted all my social apps (except for you Instagram!) and turned all the notifications off. I don’t know if anyone can relate but the volume of messages and alerts can be overwhelming at times. I’m trying to strike a balance with my phone use, so I’m sorry for not responding to all comments lately and sending short DMs!
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It’s a big reason why I do a lot of my scheduling with my bullet journal. Keeping it analog actually slows things down and has me more focused and productive. (Just a few spots left for the workshop next Tuesday!) #viabulletjournal ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Anyone else trying to disconnect a bit this summer? Happy Friday!
Maybe it's my marketing side, but when I'm teaching my calligraphy and journaling workshops, I always notice the type of person that I tend to attract. My "target demographic", if you will. She's a little bit type-A and expects a lot from herself, she goes outside of the box to try new things, has an open heart and wants more than a 9-to-5-then-go-home-and-netflix kinda life.
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Inevitably, when I open up the floor to any questions (seriously, ask me anything!) we tend to talk about side-hustling, building a personal brand and pricing your time. And y'all know I've got a shitload to say about that! So I've finally decided to participate in an event entirely about talking about ~that stuff~.
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I met @_itssarahwatson and 4 other amazing women last night for a strategy sesh and I'll be a featured panelist at her first Women's Empowerment Event in Toronto!
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So if you're like "I wish Syl would stop talking about pens and start telling me how to market myself on Instagram", come to this full day event on June 23 where I'm literally assigned to do round table talks about whatever you want to learn from me :) Get your tickets at early bird pricing this week by following the link in my bio!
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NYC 📷: @ericabeanphotography 🖤
Toronto! I’m finally teaching another beginner brush lettering workshop soon! Join me on June 11 at @projectspaces to start your calligraphy journey. All tools and materials are provided and you’ll get lots of one on one coaching. Check out my highlighted story to get a peek at what the experience is like! ✍🏼
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It feels like it’s been a long time since the last and I’m getting a lot of messages... so tickets will probably go fast. Hit the link in the bio to reserve your spot now! Hope to see you soon! #learningviacalligraphy x #embirialife
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📷: @desiree_thomas
Megan has a lot going on right now. This babe is newly married (like it hasn’t even been a week) and she just launched #TheJustMarriedJacketBMORE! She's actually one of the first 4 chapters of @thejustmarriedjacket project but was waiting to launch... because why not be the very first bride to wear it? And what day is more appropriate than #nationalwineday 🍷?!
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Continuing the tradition and essence of my own wedding jacket, she's trading out her own wedding accessory to badass brides in Baltimore for just a bottle of wine! So get in touch with Megan directly to continue the good vibes 〰️
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📷: @kayceshoffner
A few weekends ago, I taught my first international workshop in NYC. I partnered with @designsbyellen_ and we taught a dual (me with my brush pen curriculum and Ellen with pointed pens). It was such an awesome group of ladies who came to learn with us 🖤
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It’s a little scary trying to sell tickets to a new location. Here in Toronto, I’ve got a steady waitlist and so much word-of-mouth; it’s gotten easier over time. But Instagram has helped me make so many connections worldwide, being able to fill a class in NYC was a dream. I mean, I do it all the time but I can’t believe people paid ME to learn lettering 😂 So thank you ladies for your support of this Canadian gal. #learningviacalligraphy x #workshopsbyellen