Urban Grape Boston sip & script class partner

Calligraphy and wine pairing? Yes please! This week we taught an Intro to Calligraphy class at Urban Grape, an award winning wine, craft beer, and spirits store located in the South End. 

Urban Grape Boston South End

18 Ladies gathered around the beautiful high top table for a fun collaboration as part of their Geek Out learning series. Urban Grape’s Ali Innes curated 4 bottles of wine that had a fun spin on ink and calligraphy. A certified Sommelier, Ali shared some awesome selections with the group. 

Julie Mancini teaching calligraphy at Urban Grape Boston's South End

Urban Grape South End Boston wine tasting and calligraphy

Wines for the evening:

1.  Scribe Riesling, 2015

2. Can Rafols dels Cajs “Terraprima”, 2013

3. Judith Beck “Beck Ink”, 2015

4. Graffito Malbec, 2014

Urban Grape Boston South End Sip & Script calligraphy class

Julie’s top pick: The Terraprima was my favorite! Very intense taste.

Meg’s top pick: I loved the Scribe Riesling! I’m usually a Sauv Blanc fan, but this riesling was amazing. Will definitely go back and restock when I finish the 2 bottles I purchased that night!

Urban Grape Boston's South End calligraphy class

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canvas and kale sip & script

We have been dropping hints here and there but finally SO excited to announce our official Sip & Script instructor and licensee, Jessica Glazier of Canvas and Kale! Jess is beyond talented, so sweet and deserves major credit for being so patient with us while we got our expansion plan up and running. We first met and started emailing this past May when she applied for the internship position but we had different plans in store for her! After our first meet up in person we knew it was a match made in calligra-friend heaven.

Read more about Jess:

Jess Glazier has owned and operated Canvas & Kale since December of 2014, serving clients with hand calligraphy and lettering work for weddings, showers, events & more. Jess’ love for lettering was apparent early on. She would sneak into her mom’s home office and use an original feathered calligraphy pen that was used for her parents wedding. She has always had a love for art, and a love for creating pretty things.

Jess grew up in a small, quintessential New England town in Connecticut, with her parents and sister, and has always been considered the “artsy one” in the family. She studied Elementary Education, at Southern Connecticut State University, and after graduating, she moved to Boston, MA to pursue her Masters in Education at Boston University. Although teaching was what Jess always pictured her “grown up” job to be, she took a leap of faith on her true passion, calligraphy,  and opened Canvas & Kale.

Most days, you’ll find Jess in her home studio, drinking kombucha, and watching reruns of One Tree Hill as she completes orders. She loves yoga, coffee shops and exploring with her Fiancé and fur-baby, Berkeley Kale. Catch up with her on Instagram @canvasandkale, her Etsy shop, or through her website www.canvasandkale.com

Jess will now be booking and running her own Sip & Script classes throughout Boston and beyond. We have been working all summer long on launching our expansion and script squad program to grow our community of creatives. We want calligraphers with their own businesses to be able to supplement their envelope jobs or seating charts with teaching Sip & Script classes wherever they please!

When we started teaching classes, one of the aspects we loved most was getting to write alongside likeminded calligraphers as a break from the traditional 10+ hour envelope jobs alone at home. Although sometimes there’s nothing more zen than making a killer playlist, lighting a candle and hammering out place cards or envelopes, we quickly realized how much joy it brought us to simply be at a table with pointed pen and wine glass in hand, next to fun and creative people. It brings a welcomed social element to an otherwise individual hobby!

What started out as a what we thought was a one-time holiday card making class, is now something we can share with a whole crew of talented letter lovers and we could not be more thankful. We can’t wait to share more, but in the meantime, stay tuned for Jessica’s classes you won’t want to miss!

sip & script pointed pen calligraphy class boston

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sip & Script calligraphy class bella bridesmaids

We know we say this every class but seriously the group we had last week at Bella Bridesmaids was seriously SO awesome! We hosted a special wedding specific intro to calligraphy class this past Thursday night at the showroom on Boylston street and it will go down in the books as one of our favorites for sure. The ladies had us laughing the entire night (one bride/MOH duo even shared with us the video of how the bride asked her bestie to be her MOH with a custom rap music video to Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”) and it was on another level!

MOH and bride at calligraphy workshop

wedding hashtag calligraphy sip & script at bella bridesmaids

We had a blast writing hashtags, hearing everyones engagement stories, and talking all things place cards and envelopes for wedding stationary. Most of the engaged ladies in the house had plenty of time until their big day to really perfect their calligraphy skill!

georgetown cupcake with brush lettering placards

DIY Bride learning Sip & Script Calligraphy class at bella bridesmaids

Not only was the bride tribe group so much fun, but it was also our first class bringing on a new Sip & Script teacher, Jess Glazier from Canvas and Kale. We are so grateful to have connected with her, and also extremely thankful she has been so patient with us all summer as we get our new licensee program up and running! Jess will soon be booking and running her own Sip & Scripts throughout Boston and beyond and we can’t wait to see all that she does.  The class at Bella Bridesmaids was the perfect crowd for her debut especially since she is a bride-to-be as well!

calligraphy sip & script at bella bridesmaids

Huge thanks to Brit, the owner of the Boylston street Bella Bridesmaids, for hosting us! We highly recommend all you engaged ladies to book an appointment and check out their huge showroom stocked with swoon-worthy gowns. Stay tuned for updates on our next class there later this fall!

wedding hashtag engaged bride at bella bridesmaids sip & script

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