Epyllion - Word of the Day Hand Lettering Practice

Word of the day: Epyllion

epyllion
/ əˈpilēən, -ˌän / noun
A narrative poem that resembles an epic poem in style but is notably shorter.

The above word was selected from Oxford Dictionary’s word of the day. I plan to select one word each day for an uncommitted period of time as an exercise to improve my hand-lettering skills. The intention behind blogging my effort is hopefully to see progress over the duration of this project.

Abjure - Word of the Day - Lettering Practice

Word of the day: Abjure

abjure
/ abˈjo͝or, əbˈjo͝or / verb
Solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)

The above word was selected from Oxford Dictionary’s word of the day. I plan to select one word each day for an uncommitted period of time as an exercise to improve my hand-lettering skills. The intention behind blogging my effort is hopefully to see progress over the duration of this project.

sloven - word of the day - hand lettering practice

Word of the day: Sloven

sloven
\ ˈsləvən \ noun;
A person who is habitually messy or careless.

The above word was selected from Oxford Dictionary’s word of the day. I plan to select one word each day for an uncommitted period of time as an exercise to improve my hand-lettering skills. The intention behind blogging my effort is hopefully to see progress over the duration of this project.

cacography - word of the day - hand lettering practice

Word of the day: cacography

cacography
\ kuh-KOG-ruh-fee \ noun;
1. poor penmanship; bad handwriting.
2. incorrect spelling.

The above word was selected from Dictionary.com’s word of the day. I plan to select one word each day for an uncommitted period of time as an exercise to improve my hand-lettering skills. The intention behind blogging my effort is hopefully to see progress over the duration of this project

jink - word of the day / hand lettering practice

Word of the day: Jink

jink / verb
: to move quickly or unexpectedly with sudden turns and shifts (as in dodging)

This word was selected from Merriam-Webster’s word of the day. I plan to select one word each day for an uncommitted period of time as an exercise to improve my hand-lettering skills. The intention behind blogging my effort is hopefully to see progress over the duration of this project.

rapport - hand lettering practice

Word of the day: Rapport

After any event, I usually go into a very slow decompression mode for about a week. An event like Unique USA requires a very tasking physical and mentally intense effort. So instead of jumping back into the mix on the following week, I decided to try doing a little bit of hand-lettering practice for awhile; we’ll see how long that lasts.

I’ll be hand lettering the word of the day from either Merriam-Webster or Dictionary.com. Originally I had planned for just Merriam-Webster, but I’ve observed that sometimes they select off-beat words and I’d like the opportunity to choose if one isn’t to my liking. I just want to get into the practice of doing something creative everyday and I feel that this would be a great warm up to help me practice something I’ve been wanting to improve upon for awhile now.

Rapport / noun
relation : especially : relation marked by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity

Robinina - Thank you - Unique USA LA Summer Market 2014

Thank you – Unique USA LA Summer Market 2014

It’s been nearly 2 days since Unique USA’s LA Summer Market, but after some much needed doing nothing and a brain recharge, we just wanted to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us. Hope to see you all at the next market!

Special thanks to our friend Kevin Lee for taking this amazing photo of Alvin and I in our booth!

Drink Design Coasters

More coasters for the drink obsessed

This brand new kitschy coaster set will be making its way to our booth this weekend at Unique USA’s LA Summer Market. A set of 6 coasters, 3 designs– all drink related. Cocktails, coffee and tea are on a backdrop of sweet pale hues to brighten up any coffee table. Just a note.. this design might make another appearance on a few other products later this week, be sure to Like and follow us to see them all.

Click here to get more info about Unique USA’s LA Summer Market.

Drink Design Coasters

Highbrow Frenchie Coasters

Highbrow Frenchie Coasters

The Highbrow Frenchies are back. This time they’re in the form of coasters, debuting this weekend on August 9-10 at Unique USA’s LA Summer Market. There will be a very limited stock of them, so if you want a set of these 4 sophisticated canine beverage companions, come early and grab them, because we’re uncertain with how fast they’ll get picked up!

Highbrow Frenchie Coasters

Highbrow Frenchie Coasters

Highbrow Frenchie Coasters

Leading up to the event this weekend, we’ll be sharing all of our new products on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to Like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Instagram to see them first.

Just one more thing before we sign off.. we might be debuting another set of coasters in time for Unique USA, and possibly run another contest/giveaway, so stay tuned!

Click here to get more info about Unique USA’s LA Summer Market!

Nikon F

My beloved Nikon F

Ok, so technically it doesn’t belong to me (yet), but I look after this gorgeous camera like it’s my very own. It’s built like a tank, incredibly sturdy and reliable. The downside is that it does weigh quite a bit, but it’s worth carrying around for the beautiful images it is capable of producing. The best part about it is the incredibly convenient light meter it has, so ahead of its time.

In high school I was quite far from being the greatest student. In fact I was a pretty lousy at studying, and I was incapable of staying focused on anything other than my social life … until I finally landed the photography class I had always aspired to take. As far back as middle school, I would constantly apply to take photography as an elective, only to be disappointed each semester. Looking back now, I assume my poor grades were the reason for never having been granted priority placement, but when I did finally land my long-coveted class in high school, it didn’t disappoint. Neither did I. I took it very seriously, like no other class I had taken before. It seemed to make sense to me, amongst the many other subjects I constantly questioned the benefit in requiring. I would skip my lunch break to develop film and make prints in the darkroom, but it didn’t dawn on me until much later that I could eventually do something creative for a living. I barely graduated high school, but my validation for all my hard work came in the form of receiving a number of awards. In addition to placing in a number of student juried exhibits, I received a Heritage Award, presented by my high school. It was considered the highest honor one could receive in each subject of study, and even now I am incredibly proud to have been the single recipient of that honor amongst the other talented photography classmates I had.

Of course I don’t feel that I would have had any success without the proper tools! That’s where my beloved Nikon F comes in. Since my photography class required us to shoot using a camera with manual controls, my dad happily lent me his camera, which was gifted to him by my late grandfather– his father in law. It was the same camera that I had grown up going on family trips standing in front of, where my dad would spend upwards of 30 seconds composing and crafting our photo to the point of my mom shouting at him for taking too long. My grandfather was an amateur photographer with a substantial camera collection and albums to show for it. I most specifically recall a delicately hand colored candid photo of my grandma holding my mom’s hand when she was a toddler, with their surroundings cut out leaving just the two of them on a floating plastic-peel away sticky photo album page.

Nikon F detail

I have since taken this camera in my possession, but my dad still gives me the impression that it belongs to him by asserting “It was a gifted to me from Grandpa.” I respect his claim, and that’s why I still look after and use it with great care. I think we both know that if I were to return it to him, it would be stowed away forever. Although I’m not constantly using it, I’m happy to take it out for a spin whenever we take a short special trip or something. Reminiscing about it now makes me want to plan for an occasion to use it. If I do, I’ll soon update with some photos in an upcoming post!!