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Offline Briana

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Howdy, and cheers!
« on: November 20, 2013, 12:15:48 AM »
Howdy! I'm Briana, formerly of Texas but living in the North Bay Area of California as of a few weeks ago.

I've *always* enjoyed handwriting, probably because I've been complimented on mine since I was little. My parents would set up a chalk board at dinner parties and ask me to write different words with my left hand, then right hand, then backwards, the backwards and forwards simultaneously, etc. as entertainment.

In college I studied landscape architecture because of my love of plants, art, and math. I was pleasantly surprised that one of my first assignments was learning architectural lettering! Easy peasy.

Earlier this year I took continuing education calligraphy classes at SMU under the guidance of Susie-Melissa Cherry and fell in love with the art form. I made a Facebook page for a dream business I'm calling "Pickles 'N Vodka" several months ago, and I'm using it to give me inspiration to keep learning, crafting, and practicing calligraphy and whatever else I want. One day I'd like to do this full time, but for now it's an after-work fun activity.

I found The Flourish Forum on Instagram and am super excited to start learning from and meeting calligraphers. Thank you for setting this up, Erica!
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Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 12:26:46 AM »
Hi Briana!
Welcome to the forum! Love your FB page! Glad to see you also have the prerequisite calligraphy cat, too! I also enjoy knitting and we share a unique skill -- I can also write forward and backward at the same time! Must be something about our love of letters! I love that your parents set up the chalkboard so you could entertain the guests. So you're saying you were shy, right?!  ;)

Your lettering looks great! Looks like you are doing a nice variety of styles. I'm psyched you found us on Instagram. I look forward to seeing you and your work on the forum!  :)
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Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2013, 10:58:16 AM »
Hi Briana!

How funny, me three.  I also write with both hands, forward and back, and upside-down.  I had a teacher in middle school who thought it was cool and let me turn in my History homework la da Vinci.   ;D

I wonder if this is common among calligraphers?  We're a weird bunch.   :P

Nice to meet you here, and I'll look you up on Instagram too! 

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Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 03:52:06 PM »
LOL! We are at that! Creative, quirky, and kind calligraphers!  ;D
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Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2013, 10:13:08 AM »
Hello Briana ! Nice to know you ! I hope we'll share beautifuls things in the forum  :D - Nora

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Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 12:27:35 PM »
That's pretty great that you both can write in fun ways, too! It was my little party trick for the longest time-- I'd like to think I've advanced. Sounds like I'm in good company here!

I look forward to seeing all of you on instagram. My name is texasroyalty there (cheesy...I know!).
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Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 05:04:05 PM »
Nice meeting you Briana! I've always been jealous of folks who are ambidextrous! I have a tabby too and I also knit :D Do you have a Ravelry page?

I will look you up on Instagram! :)

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Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2013, 11:17:09 PM »
Hey Linda! I do have a Ravelry page!I'm texasroyalty on there too ;) Looking forward to getting to know you!
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Re: Howdy, and cheers!
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2013, 10:15:34 AM »
Nice to e-meet you!  :)  Off to like your FB page (love the name!) & find you on Instagram!
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