In order for you to catch a glimpse of my excitement over this year's Create Upstate event I need to tell you a little story. YAY - it's story time!
Ian and I lived in Syracuse from December 2010-June 2014. When we moved there I didn't know anyone other than Ian and a small group of his friends. Transitioning to a new city, being newly married, and still not knowing who I wanted to be when I grew up was a bit overwhelming.
After a year of living and working in Syracuse I launched this blog - bedsidesign. I did so because I was a little shy about putting myself out there in a new community and figured it would be less awkward if I had something to stand behind *cough this blog cough*. I can't even begin to list the amazing people I met through this blog in the Central New York area. It helped me feel connected to a city that I knew nothing about.
That's why when I found out about an event called Syracuse Sync I jumped at the chance to attend a conference based on design. I had just started practicing calligraphy and really hadn't been a "designer" but the Syracuse Sync community - especially Dan Rose who organized it welcomed both Ian and I in with open arms.
From that one day event I made countless friends, and these friends were some of my initial supporters when I launched my calligraphy business and some of them even took my first ever calligraphy workshop in May of 2014.
When Dan Rose contacted me about offering a calligraphy workshop at this year's Create Upstate conference I FLIPPED out. Seriously, I could not wait to be back in Syracuse at the very conference that helped me grow my business. When the workshop sold out I was thrilled - 16 people on a Thursday morning that wanted to learn calligraphy? Heck yes.
Teaching a group consisting of illustrators, designers, and creatives was so inspiring. Seeing each person connecting with calligraphy in their own way made me appreciate what I do even more. The best part was after teaching the inspiration didn't stop. We still had all day Friday at the conference listening to speakers discuss various topics all pertaining to design. I have pages and pages of notes that I took and will share some of my take-aways with you all in another post.
A HUGE thank you to the entire Create Upstate team, everyone who attended my workshop and last but certainly not least - to Ian for supporting my passion and capturing it so that I can share it with others!
Photo Credit: Ian Jones