Perfect Penmanship at the Pipe Shop
We have to disclose our love for Laura before we even begin gushing about her spectacular workshops! As some of you may know, we were once event planners prior to our foray into The Venue Report world. She has penned many spectacular...
by Cortnie Fausner
We have to disclose our love for Laura before we even begin gushing about her spectacular workshops! As some of you may know, we were once event planners prior to our foray into The Venue Report world. She has penned many spectacular invitations, menus and signs for us, including many pieces at our founders wedding!  To say we are fans of Laura Hooper Calligraphy is the understatement of the century. She is truly a ninja-like-genius with pen and ink and who doesn't want to learn from a master right? 


What's even cooler about these callig workshops? Laura finds the most SPECTACULAR spaces to host them at. From hidden gems to brand new wide open spaces, she finds places that make our Venue Report hearts pitter patter. Drumroll please, because the recent workshop she hosted is at one of our favorite new venues, The Pipe Shop. Thank you to Simply Rose Photography for capturing the cool classroom details. 



Lady and The Calligraphy Camp

Are your jaws on the ground yet from the photo above? Yes you deserving dames, it's time to grab your gals and play hooky. Take a break from work and to go back to school. Talk about ironic!


The Workshop Scoop 

Dreaming of learning the art of calligraphy for everyday entertaining, your own wedding pieces or just for fun? Laura Hooper Calligraphy  is currently offering pointed-pen calligraphy workshops around the US & Canada! The workshop covers all the basics to get you started and then delves into Laura's full modern Copperplate alphabet. 

Can’t make it to a workshop? Laura also offers a video tutorial that can be purchased along with a starter kit to learn calligraphy in the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world!


From The Pipe Shop 

"I have always had a love for Calligraphy and having the opportunity to host one of the best of the best Calligraphers was an absolute dream. I was first approached by Alyssa and Laura from Laura Hooper Calligraphy in late 2014 to host a beginner’s calligraphy workshop in Vancouver, BC." - The Pipe Shop 
From The Pipe Shop 
"As Laura does not often travel to Canada for these workshops this was a real treat for us vancouverites, and many jumped at the opportunity to learn from her even some traveling from afar to participate. I teamed up with the creative Bespoke Decor Rentals to assist in transforming the space and creating a welcoming and comfortable space for our guests. "  - The Pipe Shop 

The Experience
The space was transformed into a beautiful classroom with floor length ivory linens and vintage mismatched chairs for the guests by Sweetheart Events and  Bespoke Decor Rentals . Each guest was welcomed by a lemonade stand and popcorn bar of all flavours to enjoy during this three hour workshop. 
The Venue Choice 
"The venue was a bit of a last minute surprise as the Pipe Shop had only started hosting events and we absolutely fell in love with it and felt it offered a unique space with amble amounts of natural light for the workshop. Pipe Shop is a 1940 Shipyard building located in North Vancouver, BC that was recently retrofitted and seismically upgraded in 2009 but since then has sat empty." 
"This space will be turning into a Museum honoring the history of the Shipyards and the many people that worked there in the next year but was granted permission to host events in the meantime (Yay!)." - Laura Hooper Calligraphy
"My favourite aspects of the Pipe Shop are the wood elements, the simplicity of the building, the rustic and heritage charm, the endless possibilities to transform the space and the floor to ceiling windows allowing rays of natural light in to brighten up the space." - Laura
The venue is located in the Shipbuilder’s Square just a few steps away from Lonsdale Quay and a gorgeous backdrop of Vancouver and the water. This venue is available to book until early 2016 and would be ideal for anyone looking for a great rustic charm building that allows for all group sizes.
Who doesn't want the prettiest penmanship on the planet?
Don't you wish your classrooms, teachesrs and school were all this cool when you were a youngster?!
Raise your hand if you want to attend one of Laura's upcoming workshops?! It's your lucky duck day, because she has many on the schedule. She is making the rounds to Maui, Chicago, Canada and New York, but they are selling out FASSSTTT! Faster than Laura herself can calligraph the word 'WORKSHOP'. So here is a link to the workshop schedule for your convenience, you teacher's pet you. 
Hosting your own workshop? Search The Venue Report for 100+ workshop venues around the world. 
Planning: Sweetheart Events | Decor & Florals: Bespoke Decor Rentals  | Photography: Simply Rose Photography | 
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Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
For the past twelve years, Laura has worked with countless couples to create the most elegant calligraphy for their invitations and wedding stationery. She also designs custom hand drawn maps, unique place cards and other chic items for the most discerning couples. Laura has worked with high profile celebrities and corporate clients, and her work has been published in numerous magazines, including The Knot, Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings, among others. - Website

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