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ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

It's been a very rewarding two weeks here at Bloesem's Creative Studio. We kicked off with our very first Bloesem Classes! ABC's of Calligraphy and Decorate like a Pro and after 5 days of workshops we are more convinced that inviting international teachers to Singapore is what we LOVE to do. It is so much fun to learn from these experts in totally different fields and getting to know so many interesting and friendly students from Asia.

Today we would like to share some highlights of the ABC's of Calligraphy, with the wonderful Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. It truly feels like the first step of an amazing journey. We couldn't have asked for a better way to start off this new Bloesem venture!

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Maybelle came to us after spending a few days teaching in Japan. We are lucky that Maybelle is a very experienced teacher. We definitely picked up a few things while watching her during the class itself. 

Her impressive calligraphy portfolio is enviable ... wedding invites for stars, projects for Martha Stewart's magazine, have all been checked off Maybelle's to-do list. We got a glimpse of her projects which she talked briefly about during the class. Our favorite was one of her first projects for Martha Stewart, a beautiful map for her magazine editor's wedding. Maybelle shows us calligraphy is more than just pretty writing for wedding invites, she even had some tea towels screen printed with gorgeous calligraphy. The potential for calligraphy is extensive! 

 Maybelle brought along personalized kits for every student (all 3 classes!). In the kit you can find a bottle of ink, a pointed tip pen, a special Maybelle-designed practise book and the best part, a pen and ink holder made personally by Maybelle's husband.

We realized that we were getting alot of enquiries about the kits and whether we sold them, so after some discussion, Maybelle kindly agreed to send over some kits. We will soon be selling the kits right here at Bloesem!

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Along with the class, our students enjoyed some snacks and drinks while they were busy practising their new skills. Maybelle demonstrated then walked around and helped everyone. It was fun to see everyone enjoying themselves, talking and getting to know each other. And when they needed a little break, they stood up, walked around and looked at all the Bloesem.co merchandise in our showroom. Or they could grab a piece of lemon cake and some coffee or tea. 

Doing calligraphy feels as relaxing as practising yoga ... we noticed ourselves when we got a private session one night after clearing the studio and making sure we were all set for the next full day of classes. 

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Of course a class in Singapore isn't a complete experience without good food ... I sometimes joke how Asian people talk about food like we talk about the weather ... so it was a must for Bloesem to make sure we catered delicious food for our guests.

After class, we all sat down for some homecooked nasi lemak lunch and prosecco. So yummy and a great way to end the class. It was a nice relaxing thursday morning and some of our students even made their way back to the office once the class was over! All the catering, from cookies to cake to lunch, was courtesy of Make my day Zoet. Definitely one of the best parts of the class was the scrumptious munchies we had through out the day. We know it's not just us who have fallen in love with the food because everyone was reaching for the fudge spoons and lemon cake, so that's feedback enough for us!

We hope everyone who came had as great a time as we did organizing it. We want to thank Maybelle for being such a joy and being an awesome first teacher, you for joining us for the class, and thank you to all of you who were here in spirit, supporting us through instagram! All you kind words really put a smile on our faces after all the preparation and planning paid off.

Fun to see how much instagragm became a part of this class everyody wanted to share ... So do continue to keep up with us on our instagram feeds, Irene at @bloesemblogs and Zara at @zaaras to see what we're up to! It's always great to hear your feedback and hopefully you get to join us in one of our future class. We have so many plans for classes already!

We are so sorry to everyone who couldn't get a space in the 3 classes and to everyone who emailed us hoping to get a space. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We have some very good news for you ... We will be organizing more classes with Maybelle here in June and probably in Amsterdam in October.. so make sure you stay tuned!

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Class ALERT: Calligraphy with Maybelle Imasa

Bloesem Living | Maybelle Calligraphy

 

How wonderful is this ... we had such an overwhelming response to our first two Calligraphy classes scheduled for 11 March that they sold out very quickly .. so together with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls we decided to add an extra class on March 6! ... we definitely should make the most of it while this calligraphy expert is visiting Singapore don't you think.

 

Bloesem Living | Maybelle Calligraphy

Me personally I'm so looking forward to this class and be able to learn this beautiful skill myself too. I have tried at home several times but know I can use some help. 

Think about the endless possibility you can use this skill for ... writing down recipes for a friend to make it a bit more special, send a warm and kind letter to someone special, add a little gift tag to a present or just start using your new handwriting skills in a journal ... makes it all the more special. 

More information about this Bloesem Class or the other ones please visit BLOESEM.CO our new website and online shop. 

Bloesem Living | Maybelle Calligraphy

 

.. Sign up now for ABC's of Calligraphy on Thrusday 6 March.

.. Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls 

 

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This is Paper

Bloesem Living | This is paper magazine

"Simplicity is king in everything we do. Fashion isn't." ...  according to Alexander + Zuzanna. The founders of the ThisisPaper shop and the creative brains behind the gorgeous artsy magazine that was founded in 2012. 

I ordered the magazine for our creative space here in Singapore and hope the SIngaporeans will enjoy this magazine just as much as I do. It really encourage us to have a look at the simple and basic things around us... appreciate and treasure them. 

Bloesem Living | This is paper magazine

Bloesem Living | This is paper magazine

Bloesem Living | This is paper magazine

Isn't it super cool that each magazine is numbered and there are only 1000 copies available in the whole wide world! We have 10 copies in the Bloesem Space ... come down soon and get your number!

 

..This is Paper magazine
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Our Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

We have had an amazing week, very intense but super energetic. Our creative space truly works like a magnet. So many people who walk in are inspired by the things they see and that truly makes me happy. 

I was thrilled when my favorite photographer from Singapore, Rebecca Toh,  said yes to my invitation to come and take some photographs of the space. I love her work because it is so natural... probably the only photographer I feel comfortable with while they take pictures of me. 

Rebecca arrived mid-day and it was funny how we were all meeting for the first time in real life, after only connecting virtually for many years. It helped that Rebecca was carrying a camera, so that gave us a clue. She got the grand tour of the showroom with an introduction to all our products. She beautifully captured the pillows I had hand-woven recently, as well as the leather straps installed in several parts of the studio. They are truly a great addition to the space. With the leather straps and dowels in front of our three windows, they allow us to hang plants and some beautiful window decorations, while the leather handles elsewhere in the studio act as either display or storage solutions for our wonderfully colorful mats that fall over if not secured properly. (All items can be found in the Bloesem online store.)

Rebecca has an ease about her that really made for a very comfortable "session". Though in all honesty we did try to tidy up and make everything look as perfect as possible for photographs, when she came, it was all very relaxed with coffee and conversation, and I must say, we all did have a great time and I think that is very evident in these photographs of the Bloesem creative space, which I love!

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

 

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

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Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

One of the greatest things about having a space is being in the presence of other creative minds like Anouk of Time Capsules (pictured above), our studio mate. Anouk is always sharing great ideas and emailing us inspiration, we could have a better person to have in the space together with Zara and myself. Psst: we are also eagerly awaiting Anouk's latest creation, a new Make History project! We'll let you in on the scoop as soon as we hear anything about it.

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Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Creative Space by Rebecca Toh

 

I hope you enjoyed this first small tour through our creative space, we will be bringing in new items both for the online shop and in the creative space as often as possible to keep it an interesting place at all times. 

A special thank you to my wonderful co-worker Zara ... she is a multi-talented and just a great spirit to have around! All of this would not have been possible without her help and energy! - xoxo irene 

 

-- All images by Rebecca Toh --

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Wondrous World of Styling

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{all images via de Styling Academy in Amsterdam - Artemis}

Since Bloesem.co went live last week, we have been getting so much feedback about our classes and we are so thankful for that. One of the questions that kept coming up though, was about styling. We realized not many people know what styling is, which might be perfect since we are bringing Jurianne Matter to teach us exactly that!

Having taught students during projects at the Artemis Academy in the Netherlands, Jurianne is totally up to the task of shedding some light on the questions around the word styling, and we will be using works from the academy artemis to illustrate the wondrous world of styling.

The word styling means so many different things to many different people. So what actually is STYLING? Let's go ahead and dissect this word.

Maybe you don't have a concrete idea what this word actually means.. but you can pick out images you think may involve styling....

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Styling can really help you sell something, literally and metaphorically. If you style a house's interior really well, with great furniture and beautiful accessories, that can make you the sale. You actually SELL  the house. but styling can also help you sell something, in the sense of convincing people of something. Like in films, when wardrobe stylists pick out clothes to fit a characters personality or fit the time period the character is in, it sells us the story and makes us believe the actors really fit into that setting. Already we have mentioned two examples of styling, fashion and interior styling. There's also food styling, you know those irresistible shots of maple syrup dripping off pancakes or the juicy burger on the burger king ad. The food doesn't just look that way, it's all thanks to the food stylist, that our tummies are rumbling and our mouth over-generating saliva.

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When you are shopping and walk past shop windows, the people who style the mannequins and the shop windows are visual merchandisers, they help sell the clothes, because when people see a nice outfit on the mannequin, they are inclined to walk in and have a look around, or more specifically, hunt down that outfit they are now lusting over.

Styling is everywhere in that magazine you were just reading. The fashion, the interiors, the products... a great deal of effort was put into how everything looks the way it looks.

So do you see now? Coming up with a great product or space or item isn't good enough anymore. Good styling bridges the gap between that and the item actually been sold. It's the step in the process that makes the buyer go :" ooh, i want that", it makes things look good enough to buy.

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Though styling is a professional career for many, having the knack for styling can come in handy for anyone. Let's say for a mom who wants to makeover her kitchen, or her child's room, or even her entire home! Having the skill, though not at a professional level could still come in handy in many situations. 

Now that we have established some idea of what styling really is, (before this, whenever i mentioned styling, everyone would think I worked in the fashion industry, biggg misconception), and how important it can be, we now have to answer that big looming question: Can you learn styling, or does it come naturally? It's like the nature vs nuture debate: styling edition.

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In styling, it's the small details that really make the world of a difference. You have to have an eye for it and look out for what little things can make a space look better. We believe that it's something you can learn to do, like anything else.. Watch the professionals, see how they do it and just practise practise practise. Trying out styling things on your own and slowly but surely, you too will get it!

Spreading the word and the fun of Styling has become one of our latest adventures here at Bloesem. With the launch of Bloesem.co last week, we are also excited for our latest class in March!

Also, thank you for the great response on Bloesem.co! So many have already signed up for the upcoming classes, we're thrilled! - Zara S. 

 

 ALL IMAGES via .. Artemis Acedamy Amsterdam

.. Portfolio Graduates from Artemis

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Now you can sign up for a 'Styling workshop' by Jurianne Matter at Bloesem studio in Singapore. 

8 or 11 March from 9.30 am till 2.00 pm 

More info here at bloesem.co

 

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Presenting Bloesem.Co!

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And we are LIVE! Ready for Class?

If you have been trying to contact us to no avail in this past week, we deeply apologize. We have been in confinement, like how you are after delivering a baby, but instead we were developing one! Bloesem.co is this baby. We had so many plans and so many ideas for shopping and classes and they could not all be contained in the blogs, so Bloesem.co is the solution for that.

Bloesem Co. | Workshops Classes 

On the site, you will be able to find so much, but let us just break it down right now:

1) Bloesem Class

Our passion for handicrafts has been channeled into developing the Bloesem class, a way to share the joy and skills of crafts with everyone and anyone who would like to join in. More than just listening to the experts, you get to try your hands are creating. And we make sure every students is well taken care of, leaving with a hand full of goodies and a belly full of good food and drink.

We kick off the classes with 2 very talented ladies both flying in from across the world to come teach in the Bloesem Creative Space! We are so excited and still in shock that this is all happening so quickly. Teachers, Maybelle Imasa- Stukuls, sharing her skills in calligraphy and Jurianne Matter from the Netherlands, will talk about styling and creating moodboards in two classes, one for beginners and another for advanced students.

Booking has begun for both classes! Limited vacancies so don't miss your chance!

 

Bloesem Co. | Workshops Classes

 

2) Bloesem Online Shop  

Over the years, Irene has written about many a shop and looked through many a catalogue to scour the interwebs for the best products, now she finally has a space where she collects all her favorite designers and their beautiful works. Shipping internationally, the online store is our way of sharing the goodies we have in the brick and mortar store in Singapore, with everyone in the world! Over the course of the next weeks more producst from different desigerns and artstis will be added to the current collections. 

Go Shopping!

P.S. If you are thinking "oh man, I dont live in Singapore", we want to remind you that Maison & Objet 2014 will also be happening right here in Singapore during the week we begin classes! So if you do in fact find yourself here for the fair, then don't you think that is perfect timing? The ultimate creative getaway!

.. Bloesem.co

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