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. It all came together as part of my hobby since childhood in the art world and organising small tours or events (such as organisations tour and fashion show events). Martha Scribes are currently focusing on calligraphy art, handicraft or handmade goods and design, including sharing calligraphy knowledge through workshops taught by professional calligraphers and Master penmen. With the support from friends and families, I intend to expand the art and calligraphy services worldwide.
The first overseas workshop I organised for Martha Scribes was for a well-known professional calligrapher from USA, Michael G. Ward, which was held in Singapore in March 2018. The success of this workshop lead to many workshops that I hosted including the Spencerian Workshops of Master Penman Harvest Crittenden and Master Penman Michael Sull, which I organised together with Scribes and Beyond, a site in which I partnered with my husband, Victor, The site also provides workshops materials, art and calligraphy supplies and my one-of-a-kind personal artworks.
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Artist and Calligrapher
/ Y. Martha Laurens
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 have passion towards art and handcraft goods ever since I learned oil painting and craftsmanship while in 1990s. I did chalk projects during school time and was a part-timer at a university art gallery in Taiwan, and these experiences have intrigued me to explore deeper my passion in the arts and handcraft world.
In 2000, Inspired by my parents, especially my dad's book collections in ornamental design and my mom in using ornamental design stencils for wedding cake design, and Chinese calligraphy; driven by my passion that ignited on the day I did my DIY wedding in New Zealand, the long research and many trials and error strengthen my knowledge about fine arts, crafts, typography and calligraphy.
I moved to the United States in 2013 and with my graphic design background, I strengthen my calligraphy & lettering in the same year and started to really focus in western calligraphy world ever since where I begin with modern copperplate calligraphy.
Amazed by the beautiful Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, self-taught the traditional script through books, I took several Spencerian classes since 2015 to 2019 including class with IAMPETH Master Pen Harvest Crittenden in early 2016, IAMPETH convention classes for Advanced Spencerian, and Advanced Spencerian Saga which was held for a full week in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio in October 2016. I also hosted Spencerian workshops locally and overseas for Master Pen Michael Sull, MP Harvest Crittenden, and Michael G. Ward since early 2018.
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 is a recipient of IAMPETH's CERTIFICATE of PROFICIENCY (2019) and CERTIFICATE of EXCELLENCE (2020) in Spencerian Script.
I had been taught both private classes and in-person classes by some master-penmen and many professional calligraphers and artists around the world which include Heather Held, Master Pen John DeCollibus, Master Pen Harvest Crittenden, Master Pen Michael Sull, Master Pen Rosemary Buzcek, Toni Watts, Master Penmen Vivian Mungal, John Stevens, Tamara Stoneburner and many other international professional calligraphers and teachers.
I am currently based in Australia and sharing my passion in handcrafts, calligraphy art through collaboration with other artists, teaching, creating logo designs, custom order invitation suite design for events worldwide and organising other talented artists' workshops through the nonprofit organisation in Sydney as the president and one of the founder of Sydney Scribes Society.