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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And that's a wrap! The last workshop of the year has been taught and this group was so warm and amazing.
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I did 24 freakin' workshops this year (one in NYC!) and I can’t believe how many of you supported me by physically dragging your cute 🍑s out of your homes. Thank you! #learningviacalligraphy
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Got someone in your life who’s been trying to get creative? Now you can grab a certificate from @embiria and gift an experience! They’re available in any amount and be used on any of Embiria’s curated experiences ✨ Just email hello@embiria.ca
As a fashion girl, I've got noooo problem sitting in the middle of the designer handbag section of @holtrenfrew all afternoon. So fabulous. Last weekend, I was in store at @shopsquareone and I'll be back on Sunday customizing gift tags with calligraphy for customers. Come by for some gift shopping! I’ll be there 2-7. #giftscometrue
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So who here is an early shopper, who’s super last minute, and who accidentally bought stuff for themselves again?! 👋🏼
Tonight I'm taking a little break from *Rihanna voice* work work work work work. And I'm off to hang out with everyone involved with @embiria! I'll be meeting all of the other amazing workshop facilitators, partners and volunteers and we're all going to celebrate our achievements 🥂
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Because of the occasion, I decided to dig through my bullet journal to figure out how much we've done together. And this pic right here marked our 30th sold out workshop (in only a year and a half)! With Embiria, I've taught at the Drake, Lululemon, Project Spaces, Make Lemonade, Cambria Gallery, and had some corporate workshops, like one at this little company called Google (!!!) So um, I'll drink to that! And can't wait to meet the other superstars that teach cooking, tea blending, macramé, painting, and more!
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#learningviacalligraphy x #embirialife
I had painted a leather jacket for Anita for her wedding, and just around her date she told me that her dad unexpectedly passed away just days before. Heartbreaking. They cancelled and completely rescheduled. For the new date she wanted something new to honour her dad when she walked down the aisle, so I had the pleasure of creating this for her. Anita, thanks for opening your heart and sharing your story with me. @anita_grace
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#jacketsviacalligraphy
“Tools don’t make the artist”
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When I wanted to start lettering, I researched (on Instagram) by snooping around to find what pens every artist was using.
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Seemed like the most popular were tombow dual brush pens. So I bought some and it was disastrous for me. I didn’t understand that the pen didn’t do the work for me and I was just trying to write quickly (?!?!) to get an effortless hand lettered look (?!?!) and I had no idea how big I should write and the pen was way too flexible for a beginner to control. I was so discouraged that I quit for months 😅
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So here’s my embarrassing effort in 2016 vs. 2018. My point is, it’s the same pen... and I’ve been on the side where I think buying tools will help me get there. But when you ask someone who’s put hundreds of hours of practice into their skill what brush or pen they’re using, you’re kinda discounting their efforts. 🆗 Thanks for coming to my TedTalk.
Networking is icky. That’s how I always felt about it. I imagined going into a space full of old white dudes in their business casual outfits and making forced conversations about my career. It just wasn’t my idea of a fun after-work activity.
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Nowadays I’m realizing that networking can exist in different formats. Fireside chats between women of colour, instagram group chats with people you feel like you’ve known forever but have never met, and good ol’ coffee dates. Case in point: this photo is from a brunch date celebrating 25 influential women in Toronto, and I had a chance to meet so many incredible ladies doing the most in their fields.
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I’ve had a lot of requests lately for one on one coffee dates and it’s hard for me to make the time, but I still want to make myself accessible so... With nervous and excited energy I present my first meet-up event.
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I’m inviting 10 of you to come for an open roundtable chat with me at @makelemonadeco on January 23. Any questions you have about my career path, side hustle, and my advice on growing your following, goal setting and being fearless... it’s all on the table. Two full hours to talk about whatever business things you want, so pull up a chair and get your seat at the table in the link in my bio. #viagirltalk
I always say to my students that just by coming to my class, I totally KNOW you.
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You signed up to learn brush lettering because you wanted to step out of your comfort zone. You wanted a new hobby or to learn so you can help out for your BFF's wedding. You're a type-A personality and you're definitely gonna beat yourself up when you're not instantly amazing when your pen hits the page. (Don't be so hard on yourself!) You take learning super seriously and at the very-very end, you finally relax and smile.
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The best thing is that at the end, when you feel super accomplished, you always tell me. Thanks to this group of ladies that stuck around to chat with me after this past weekend's workshop! My heart is full! #learningviacalligraphy #embirialife #thatonemoment
GANG GANG GANG GANG. #jacketsviacalligraphy
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Bride's jacket by me @viacalligraphy & bridesmaids patches by @daily_disco.
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📷: @jessicamannsphotography
I’ve been mentally preparing for December for the last three months. It’s always a busy (and expensive) time of year so lots of planning needs to happen to stay on top of it all. I actually changed up my monthly layout for the first time this year to fit in some holiday things. How is your December looking with all the holiday parties and days off?! #viabulletjournal⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you’ve been meaning to finally get your shit together, I just posted tickets for my next bullet journal workshop in January! It’s the perfect time of year to get organized— my bujo is the only notebook that I’ve completed 100%! Join me at the beautiful @makelemonadeco and get your @leuchtturm1917canada notebook and we’ll set it up together at my most productive workshop. Link in bio for more info and tickets (limited space available!)
Cute & cozy custom mugs for @thebodyshop who took these beauties up north for a winter retreat weekend ❄️ #getawayandplay #enchantedbynature ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Because I'm getting a lot of questions about lettering on mugs:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- I use enamel paint (not a pen!) so that they're food-safe, dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- To set the paint, you have to bake them for 30 minutes in an oven, and an hour to cool. So they’re not something I can customize at live events.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Yes, writing on curved surfaces is definitely an advanced skill!
- No, I’m not making one-offs; minimum order values apply. I have openings for clients for Feb/March :)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I’ll just have a black coffee in mine please. What’s your hot drink of choice? ☕️
Final workshop of 2018! I’m going to be teaching Intro to Calligraphy workshops for @embiria Holiday Experiences at the @shopsquareone Merry & Bright Holiday Market! Last chance: there’s just a few tickets left for Thursday December 13.
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This ain’t my first rodeo but I’m so excited to be teaching in a new space! Furnished by @ikeacanada and free hand massages from @kiehlscanada, it’ll be a one of a kind experience. Do this with your old high school BFF instead of meeting for another dinner. Come through and learn the skills to have the most 🔥 holiday cards ever. Link in bio 👆🏼
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📷: @desiree_thomas
#learningviacalligraphy #embirialife #thatONEmoment
The award for most patient photo-saver goes to me🏆
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I painted this one over a year ago for a sweet guy who would be surprising his fiancée (with the cutest @Paramore lyrics). Their wedding date JUST passed so I’m finally safe to share now 🖤 thank you @iambrianscottk!
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Limited spots for February/March commissions are open now. Click on the pic to read more! #jacketsviacalligraphy