new date added :: beginner brush lettering

brushlettering-Apr18Our first workshop sold out, so we added a new date. John Lennig from Big Top Sign Arts will be teaching a second workshop on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Details below…

Course description:
Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie at the Rio Theatre? Sign Painter, John Lennig from Big Top Sign Arts, will be hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used. The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

You’ll take home:
A 1-2 word piece using both upper and lower case in the BullNose lettering style
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint

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Beginner Brush Lettering Workshop
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
London Fields Shoppe, 692 East Hastings in Vancouver (at Heatley Street)

Cost: $68.00 plus tax | REGISTER online here or in person at the shop (open 11-5pm Thursday to Monday)

Space is limited to 10 students.

image via [stu-di-o] by jeanie // see John’s bio here

one month and two weeks

LondonFieldsShoppe-1monthWe’ve been living the shop life for almost one month and two weeks! It has been great meeting all of the new faces from around the neighbourhood including those that have seeked us out after seeing us on instagram, and of course, to all the family and friends that have stopped by. I was just telling Robert how great it is to be back in this area. When I was young, my grandma used to take tai chi classes at Ray Cam. My mom and two aunts would then come down to meet us before heading into Chinatown for our weekly shopping or to Pink Pearl for dim sum, so it’s been great walking up and down the streets rediscovering familiar gems. I’m pretty much on a mission to try all of the cold HK milk teas Chinatown has to offer. So far, hi-5 to The Boss Bakery. Bonus points for crushed ice and for thinking our baby is the cutest – ha!

We’ve been adding new things to the shop on an on-going basis and we’ve been busy moving things around. I’m expecting a new shipment of dickybird from the UK, so a lot of cuteness will be hitting the shelves soon! Our workshop series has also launched with a brush lettering workshop by Big Top Sign Arts on Saturday, April 18th (workshop on April 11th is sold out) with new workshops coming in May and June.

In other news, I made this super easy pork belly with crackling and to balance all the meat, this delicious swiss chard lasagna with ricotta and mushrooms. Oh, and I’m done with shoes that hurt my feet. Yeah, that was random. Any advice on cute flats that fit well?

london fields shoppe :: brush lettering workshop

Studiojeanie_2015LondonFieldsShoppeCOR_0012WEB10304971_10152830526788011_668516811190609380_nStudiojeanie_2015LondonFieldsShoppeCOR_0005WEB10462407_10152830526688011_1047665841227428487_nWe’ll be kicking off our do-it-yourself workshop series in April with a beginner brush lettering workshop by sign painter, John Lennig of BIG TOP Sign Arts. These sessions were super popular at Got Craft? and we’re excited to be hosting him at the shop. We aim to bring together a community that fosters handmade and a D.I.Y. culture and look forward to featuring hands-on workshops throughout the year. Looking to learn a new skill? We’ll be announcing more workshops soon!

Course description:
Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie at the Rio Theatre? Sign Painter, John Lennig from BIG TOP SIGN ARTS, will be hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used. The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

You’ll take home:
A 1-2 word piece using both upper and lower case in the BullNose lettering style
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint

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Beginner Brush Lettering Workshop
Saturday, April 11th, 2015 ** SOLD OUT
NEW DATE ADDED: Saturday, April 18th, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
London Fields Shoppe, 692 East Hastings in Vancouver (at Heatley Street)

Cost: $68.00 plus tax | REGISTER online here or in person at the shop (open 11-5pm Thursday to Monday)

Space is limited to 10 students.

For those that have already taken a workshop with John, we’re working on a level two course that will take place at Got Craft? on Saturday, May 2nd. More details to follow!

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In 1965, John moved to Vancouver from California and over the next 17 years, he would find himself working in 7 different sign shops before opening up his own business in 1982. With the popularity of computers in the late 1980′s and 1990′s, John realized that he was doing less and less hand lettering and decided to sell his shop in the year 2000 and go back to strictly doing what he loves. BIG TOP SIGN ARTS was born specializing in hand lettering, gold leaf, and later on, pinstriping. Last September, he celebrated 50 years as a sign painter and looks forward to sharing his skills!

images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie

got craft? :: spring 2015 vendor line up

GotCraftSpring2015VendorsThe Got Craft? spring 2015 vendor line up has been announced and is now live on the website here! We are super excited to be welcoming over 35% new vendors to the spring show including Owl & Windsor, East Van Light, Graveley & Sons, and of course, EllaMinnoPea. Noah is a nine year old that used to accompany his mom, a past vendor, to Got Craft?. He recently gave a TEDxKids talk about what he has learned as a businessman and will be selling his handmade crayons at the upcoming show.

Mark your calendars!

Got Craft?
Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
10-5pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (BC)

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got craft? :: application deadline

GC-UrbanSketcherHello makers! The vendor applications for the upcoming Got Craft? spring event on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver (BC) close this Friday (February 27th)! All the information you require including an online application may be found on our website here. Make sure to check out our vendor list here to see who had participated in the last holiday show to get a feel of what items we are looking for.

image of Urban Sketcher by [stu-di-o] by jeanie