A Visual Recap: Modern Calligraphy for Beginners at Workshop Chicago

I had such a wonderful time teaching Modern Calligraphy for Beginners a couple of Saturdays ago at Workshop Chicago- a beautiful, brick and timber loft downtown, available for co-working, meetings, and events. My sister, Aimee Mazzenga, did a fantastic job documenting our 2 and a half hour class, and generous people of Workshop were nothing but wonderful hosts. Here's a peek into our afternoon-

Thank you to all of the lovely ladies who attended- I so enjoyed meeting each of you. Cannot wait for our next Feast workshop! xo, Alissa

Mermaid | Northern Ireland

A collection of photos from a recent mock wedding shoot in Northern Ireland. 

Photography by Paula O'Hara | Styling by Alise Taggart Design and Styling | Model: Carrie Ann Burton | Floral styling by HART Floral | Makeup by Anita Conroy | Hair by Rebecca Donnelly | Dresses by The White Gallery Boutique | Film scans by Photo VIsion Prints | Veils by Blue Meadow Bridal
 

Valentine's Day Tech Art Giveaway


"This is the most profound spiritual truth I know: that even when we're most sure that love can't conquer all, it seems to anyway. It goes down into the rat hole with us, in the guise of your friends, and there it swells and comforts. It gives us second winds, third winds, hundredth winds." - Anne Lamott

 

For the remainder of the month of February, we've made this digital download available for free! This hand-lettered design was inspired by the above words by author Anne Lamott, from her book Traveling Mercies, Some Thoughts on Faith, and as a celebration of love.

This digital file is sized to fit an iPhone 6, but will work with many different sized phones and tablets.  Download it here.

Please note that this designs is for personal use only and not available for any commercial purposes, including any promotional use on social media. All copyright of these images is retained by Alissa Mazzenga / Feast Fine Art and Calligraphy.

Last chance to register for the Modern Calligraphy Summit!

Learn brush lettering with gouache on Day 9 of the Summit!

Learn brush lettering with gouache on Day 9 of the Summit!

Today is the last day that you can register for the Modern Calligraphy Summit. It's been SO exciting to see students enroll from Italy, Poland, Japan... this is truly a worldwide calligraphy party!

This is a PERFECT course for beginners. Why? Day 1 is focused only on beginners and each day after that is appropriate for both beginners and intermediates. Plus, you get access to so many styles, and so much instruction, that you'll literally be occupied and challenged for weeks and months to come. (And all this at about the same price as ONE in-person beginning workshop!)

The Summit begins Feb. 22, and it's all online. Each day a new video lesson will be released from a different (and fabulous) instructor:

Day 1: Beginning Calligraphy - Laura Hooper (@lhcalligraphy)
Day 2: Developing Your Own Style - Fozzy Castro-Dayrit (@thefozzybook)
Day 3: Flourishing - Victoria Rothwell (@designhouseofmoira)
Day 4: Floral Embellishments - Annie Mertlich (@wildfieldpaperco)
Day 5: Creating Layouts for Envelopes and Beyond - Anne Robin (@annerobincallig)
Day 6: Digitizing and Preparing for Print - Ashley Buzzy (@arbuzzy)
Day 7: Brush Lettering with Pens and Markers - Drew Europeo (@calligrafikas)
Day 8: Brush Lettering with Watercolor - Nicole Miyuki Santo (@nicolemiyuki)
Day 9: Brush Lettering with Gouache - Alissa Mazzenga- me! (@feasting)

Your lessons don't expire, so you can replay them whenever you want. We're throwing in a couple of really cool bonuses, too! (See the link below for info.)

Watch the informational video and enroll now.

Enrollment closes TONIGHT at 11pm CST (9pm PST). Don't miss out!

New 2016 In-Person Workshop Dates Posted!

I'm so excited to announce two upcoming workshops held locally in Chicago, Illinois!

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners | Saturday, March 12th from 10am - 12pm

Brush Lettering for Beginners | Saturday, April 9th from 10am - 12pm

Both workshops held at Workshop Chicago in River North, Chicago


'i adore you' Valentines Day Freebie!

I printed a few too many of these back in the day, but they're so sweet and I would love to give them away!

Purchase anything from now until Valentines Day 2016 (fine art or paper goods) and and receive a free 'i adore you' greeting card with light pink envelope in your order! New products and re-stocks are in the shop this week, too!

Effortless Elegance in Kilruddery, Ireland

It was truly such a pleasure to work with Jordan, a local Chicago bride, on the paper elements for her wedding day this past year. Her beautiful destination wedding in Ireland was shot by Christina Brosnan of Brosnan Photographic.  Honored to be a part of such a creative team- other vendors include florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral and planning and event design by Pearl and Sheena through Pearl and Godiva

Words of Truth for a Young Girl

What a privilege it was to be a part of this beautiful and meaningful project honoring the process of growing up into a young woman. The reflections of one mother and these beautiful shots of her daughter, Phiefer, captured by Tara Cronin of Kent Avenue Photography are featured in the most recent publication of Cottage Hill Magazine. You can pick up The Pioneer issue at Barnes and Noble locations nationwide. Enjoy! 

Spring Soiree at SOHO House Chicago | Hosted by Fullosophie

You know you've been a part of a memorable event when the photography from the day (by the talented Katie Kett) is just too overwhelming to blog- how do I choose what to share?! It was such a privilege to work with Fullosophie and teaching a beginner's calligraphy workshop, alongside of floral design from The Foxglove Studio and drink tastings from Zach Brown of MiniBar Delivery.

What a lovely afternoon this was in such a beautiful space- many thanks to SOHO House Chicago for the incredible food, and to all who attended! 

Yoga+ Chicago Beginners Calligraphy Workshop

I'm convinced that yoga is the perfect activity before you dive into practicing calligraphy. OR- after. Actually, yoga has been a lifesaver for me as a calligrapher, spending a lot of time working my neck and hands to the point of serious cramping and pain! Yoga always provides a good break in the middle of a long work day.

It was wonderful to partner with Andrea and Natalie of Yoga+ Chicago a few weeks ago. I met Natalie in college down at Baylor University, and since then, these two sisters and Chicago natives have built a beautiful company offering vinyasa yoga workshops paired with hands-on learning experiences taught by other Chicago business owners and creatives.

Andrea led the class through a relaxing flow in the sun-lit Greenhouse Loft space, and after yoga, all refueled with delicious juice from PINT,  and learned calligraphy basics together. Photographs captured by Rachel Brown Kulp. What a lovely collaboration! 

Our Spring 2015 Fine Art Collection is here!

We are so proud to announce our first ever fine art release! We have been working quite hard over here, and have a broad collection of both originals and reproductions now available through our website.

We have been greatly inspired by botanical shapes, and depicting the intricacy, beauty, and also simplicity of nature. You'll see an emphasis on line quality - both throughout our paintings as well as in our works on paper.

In addition, you'll see a few abstract paintings and paintings depicting inviting interior spaces.


Original Paintings on Canvas

Original Works on Paper

Reproductions: On Canvas  /  Unstretched

You can learn more about the mediums we use and the incredible quality of our reproductions on our new Product Information page.


We cannot wait to hear which pieces you love most, and how you use our art to bring beauty into the spaces that you live your lives! 

Proudly Announcing our Upcoming Fine Art Release!

We are so thrilled to announce our first ever upcoming fine art release! On Monday, March 16th, we will release twenty to thirty original fine art pieces available for purchase!

For you creators, collectors, admirers of beauty and home decor enthusiasts- we are working away in our studio to have it all for you in just a few weeks! 

Spruce up your spaces this Spring with one of a kind original art from Feast Fine Art and Calligraphy. More glimpses to come and excite you!


Logo Design: Jessica Rose Photography

 

Its been such a joy to work alongside Canada and Portland-based designer Jessica Smith to create her new hand-painted logo design. This girl has been one of those clients that makes Skype calls and email correspondence a delight- a kindred spirit found in a vast world of artists and creative entrepreneurs. Take a look at Jessica's gorgeous, light filled photography and her new web design here.