August 6, 2009
A few weeks back we highlighted the beautiful calligraphy of Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. In learning more about Maybelle, we noted that her calligraphy teacher and mentor is none other than Lauren McIntosh.
Lauren is a divinely talented artist, calligrapher, printer and painter. Much of her graphic design inspirations comes from 18th and 19th century botanical illustrations and natural history collections.
Lauren has collaborated with the world-renowned Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse on many menus over the years. The artistry and simple perfection of a Chez Panisse meal richly deserves such lovely menus to enhance and commemorate the experience! A few of our favorites were reproducted in Menus of Chez Panisse, 2002 Engagement Calendar published by SF's own Chronicle Books.
In addition to her career as an artist, Lauren is the co-owner of Tail of the Yak in Berkeley - the one-of-a-kind gift store specializing in gifts, ephemera, new and antique decorative arts, and antique jewelry. If you have the chance to visit the shop, be prepared for a magical experience.
You will be pleased to know that Lauren teaches calligraphy classes at her home studio in Berkeley. For more information, please contact Tail of the Yak at 510-841-9891.