Martha Scribes and the Artist

Martha Scribes was founded in 2002 in the midst of small projects that were done under the previous name of Yovie Martha Lin serving as my signature in all of my artworks since childhood, and then changed to Martha Days in 2013 for which the name came to mean "my works all day". In 2018, I finally settled for good with the name Martha Scribes. Martha Scribes are currently focusing on calligraphy art, handicraft or handmade goods and design, including sharing calligraphy knowledge through workshops taught by myself, and some professional calligraphers and Master penmen.
With the support from friends and families, I intend to expand the art and calligraphy services worldwide. 

I am currently based in Sydney, Australia and the Owner of Scribes and Beyond Shop and Studio. A brick and mortar Art & Calligraphy supply shop and studio in the middle of one of the crowded cities in Inner West, Marrickville.

If you are interested in my works or want to collaborate with me or looking for calligraphy information, just click the button at the bottom-left corner to leave me a message or just click here

Martha Laurens Artist, Penman and Calligrapher

     Hi, my name is Yovi Martha Laurens (Martha), I am the founder of Martha Scribes and Scribes and Beyond, and  I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. I started my art, lettering & calligraphy journey in oil painting in the 1990s, western calligraphy in 2012 with cursive writing on my wedding day In New Zealand, I was then moving on to modern calligraphy & part-time learning on traditional scripts in the USA. In addition, I did chalk projects during school time and was a part-timer at a university art gallery in Taiwan. These experiences have intrigued me to explore deeper my passion in the arts and handcraft world.

      Later in the mid-late 2014, and early 2015, started teaching modern calligraphy online due to my nomad life and travels constantly, I also started fully focus study in Traditional Spencerian Script and Engrosser's Script / Copperplate / Roundhand. Mid of 2015 separating my personal account and Instagram account for calligraphy. 2016, while still continuing to study the traditional script, I had also been taught both private classes and in-person classes by several master penmen & professional artists from around the globe, including a class with Advanced Spencerian Saga which was held for a full week in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio in October 2016. I started adding my focus study to monogram design, and in 2018 in gilding / Illumination design / fine art painting (Watercolour and gouache). 

      I am an active member of both ASOC (Australian Society of Calligraphy) since July 2018 and IAMPETH (The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) since March 2015, and have achieved three certifications from the IAMPETH:

IAMPETH CERTIFICATE of PROFICIENCY (2019) in Spencerian Script
IAMPETH CERTIFICATE of EXCELLENCE (2020) in Spencerian Script,
(Art and Illumination)

     My Client includes LVMH Group, Chaumet Jewelry Australia, TAG Heuer Australia, The Soap Corner (Indonesia), Erie June Makeup Artist (Indonesia), Yvette Teng Real Estate (San Francisco, USA), Vanessa Tran Makeup Artist (USA) and many others.

I am also one of the brand artists for Ferris Wheel Press Luxury fountain pen stationery and Sakura Australia.

Information is free, knowledge is priceless. Learning from many teachers that including your talented friends although they discussed the same script with each other is one of my mottos, and what I learned by living nomad, and that's how you can broaden your eyes & improve your knowledge with lots of methods in one script style.  

     I am currently based in Australia and sharing my passion for handcrafts, calligraphy art through both online teachings that I have done since 2014 and in-person workshops in Asia and Australia in my studio, collaboration with other artists, creating logo designs, custom order invitation suite design for events worldwide.