Washington, D.C.—A wedding client asked me to paint little Lithuanian flags on her wine bottle table cards. It's amazing how a little bit of color (especially when dispatching some Finetec gold) can add the right touch to an already whimsical piece.
Rye Brook, New York — Last year I had a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with my sister Maria Reyes and our friend Mami Sato, who hosted a sewing party for her daughter Hibiki. Not only is Mami an amazing and patient mother but she is an imaginative artist and seamstress. It was fitting that she should share her crafting talents with Hibiki's friends.
Mami, with Maria and I serving as assistants, set out to teach the girls how to sew a felt patch into a fashionable clutch/purse. Articulating how to do a loop stitch is not an easy thing, but the girls really took to the task and created really inventive and individual designs. It was nice to see the girls make something with their own hands. Hopefully, Mami planted a creative seedling in the young ladies to pursue handmade work into the future.
Calligraphy and lettering by Handmade Letters; food and prop styling by Maria Reyes; and floral arrangment and prop sourcing/styling by Mami Sato.
Raleigh, N.C. — I finished a commission of calligraphing menus and place cards for a client's Mediterranean-inspired dinner party. She sent me beautiful photographs of the pieces in situ at the dinner table. The hand-done menus and cards were greatly enhanced by Wylde's stunning floral accents and arrangements.
Since my brother was one of the guests of the party, I made a gag menu for him. Having grown up watching a lot of movies from the 1980's, the menu contained references to Revenge of the Nerds (a salad made from jock straps dressed in liquid heat) and one of our personal favorites, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (a boa with baby eels, broth of eyeballs, and chilled monkey's brain).
My client graciously shared her beautiful photos of my place cards in situ at Alice's birthday dinner.
Photos courtesy of Leslie dela Vega