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

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

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! 

Paper Design: Garden Party Editorial

It was such a joy to see our Garden Party editorial featured in the first print edition of Utterly Engaged! The picturesque location, Gardens of Bella Vita, impeccable styling of Joy Proctor Design, gorgeous florals by Kelly Kaufman, and swoon worthy photography by Jose Villa brought this garden dream to reality. It was a privilege to work with this team and put together corresponding watercolored and hand calligraphed paper goods! 

As seen in print... thanks again, Utterly Engaged!

Feast featured on Style Me Pretty

Hey friends! Check out this beautiful post featuring Feast calligraphy on SMP Massachusetts late last week!

Stunning tablescape! I love the mismatched chairs and lovely haphazard quality of all of this.

Menu design- I love when I'm asked to write 'feast'!

Loved working with Samantha Finigan & Whitney Swaffield over at Gus & Ruby Letterpress several months back. I sent over some custom calligraphy to marry (see what I did there?) with their beautiful, custom letter-pressed paper designs. Samantha & Whitney styled this shoot to the nines. I keep thinking- "haphazard elegance." Gorgeous color combinations. What can these girls not do?

Beautiful floral design by Petal Floral Design, and captured by Emilie Inc. Photography.  See the full post with lots of other beautiful wedding details with the rest of the fabulous vendors involved here.

Thank you, Style Me Pretty!  

Feast Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings Online!

It was early last year that Biz Zast, a marketing and PR director (with a knack for incredibly creative wedding planning and styling) in New York, NY contacted me to work with her and Cheree Berry of Cheree Berry Paper on what I had no idea would be a slam dunk (excuse my less-than-classy-description- but that is what it was) of a wedding- in class, elegance, and detail. 

I cannot express what an honor it is to have my calligraphy featured alongside the chic designs of Cheree Berry Paper (I feel a bit out of my league, here!), on Martha Stewart Weddings online and also in print. Without a doubt, a highlight of my artist career thus far.

See the full feature here depicting a fantastically classy, one of a kind wedding that took place at thoroughbred sales and auction house in Saratoga Springs, New York:

  • Stationary including Feast calligraphy, incorporated into the invitation, reception, details cards and outer envelope,
  • A “track bag” that must have been a glorious goody bag to receive as a guest, including Feast calligraphy printed on the outside of the bag, as well as a “See you on Sunday!” envelope including tickets to the races, a booklet of betting tips, a newletter outlining the best local spots, racing-form pencils…
  • Keepsake cocktail glasses with the couple’s favorite cocktail, “Dark and Stormy,” written in Feast calligraphy on the front, with the recipe included on the back, as well as matching napkins printed with “Biz and Micah” in Feast calligraphy…

Thank you to all who made this possible (am I writing a speech here? I better stop.) But really, truly. Thank you for all who follow me here and are such celebrators of my work and journey! I love you all.

Snow Falls White on Grey

Today I thought it would be nice to get out of the house and get some work done at our local coffee shop. I drove about a minute down the road, hit the brakes, barely avoided swerving into oncoming traffic and decided that the snowstorm had won. I’m not complaining. I love working as I watch the the wet snow fall outside my window. And I love the thought of being cooped up indoors because of it.

Hope you’ve found a peaceful place to be today, wherever you may be reading this from! xo alissa

Save the Date design by August Blume Photography by Aimee Mazzenga

Images That Heal

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Image 1: “Weeping Jesus” oil on canvas, 11” X 14”

Image 2: Detail of “Weeping Jesus” oil on canvas

Image 3: Framed calligraphic rendition, excerpt of Thomas Merton’s “No Man Is An Island”

Feast Featured on Besotted Brand!

So honored to have work featured on Besotted Brand this past week! After exploring this beautiful website, shop, blog… I felt so inspired. 

And apparently, according to her “about me” section, we like all the same things:

-Lists, yes, she’s a big fan of lists

-Books, the dictionary tends to be a perpetual favorite

-Bespoke design

-Paper, preferably extraordinarily thick

-Pens, a definite leaning towards the extra fine felt variety

-Pencils, extra sharp points please


-Hand lettering/Unique penmanship

-Design, from book jackets to interiors there’s always something to get excited about


-Hand stamps, the time has come to celebrate this humble printing process



-Shades of gray, white and black

-Subtle colors

-Shiny objects

From Besotted Brand:


Thanks again, Tristan!