It was almost 3 years ago when we worked on this sweet backyard wedding… It’s so timeless!
Back when designing the wedding papers for Julia and Eli, I met them at the Bride’s mothers home where they showed me the Pepper Tree where they would be married. It was decided that I should illustrate it for their wedding invitations…. So that’s just what I did.
The pepper tree printed blind on museum board, with green type and then mounted to cedar veneer… I love using cedar for weddings – it keeps the critters away from a marriage, I like to think. and it smells so nice too! not to mention the warm coloration.
Last year we worked on Britt and Peter’s wedding invitations with Nicole Sillapere and Rosemary Events. All the paper goods for this wedding were tactile and warm even though the color palette was shades of white and grey.
The layers of this invitation were intricate – the was hand calligraphy for print, laser cutting, letterpress, mounting, hand tearing, ribbon binding, foil stamping and die cutting. It was tedious but worth it. And the vintage stamps came together so well, though we had to use some newer stamps because of the size and weight of the handmade heavyweight envelopes.
The wedding programs were also pretty special… small booklets printed on textured translucent paper with white cotton organdy covers with a simple stitch bind. these are my very favorite programs!
The escort cards echoed the invitations – handtorn with laser cut slits for the ribbon.
When everything came together what we created as a giant collaborations was truly magical!
I just came across all these beautiful photos from Andrea’s wedding in France. We worked on her wedding stationery for over a year and I think it turned out beautifully.
One of my favorite elements was the program. We used my very favorite stiff cotton organdy as the sheer cover of the program with two lavender plants attached to the cover page. The booklet was an ethereal sweet nugget!
I was meditating one morning and I found inspiration. It’s an action that everyone can do, in that we breathe. We can inhale for peace, and exhale for joy. It somehow seemed so obvious in the moment to me.
This was the concept for a new Joyful Heart letterpress card. I printed a giant light pink heart and then used typewriter for the inhales and exhales, and my handwriting for the peace and joy.
The press was inked up in the same color scheme as the Gratitude cards. and I hand printed in two letterpress print runs, packaged the cards and sent them off to the foundation, all the while breathing peace and joy. This kind of work seems less like work and more like yoga, honestly….
I hope one day to have a whole line of Joyful Heart cards…. all communicating the messages that the foundation efforts to spread… peace, joy, reunion, gratitude, love….. the list goes on!
(everytime I print for the JHF, I get reminded of the heart pins on the back of the ink fountain…)
I just finished a session in a Meditation Class with Tanda Tashjian. Tanda gives great meditation guidance and the energy in the room is amazing (not to sound too hippy dippy but….)
Tanda is a real cat lover and often asks about my business. One day she asked if I had any cat stationery…. possibly a meditating cat? with a golden aura perhaps? Well, I didn’t. But I have to admit, it was a great idea.
All I could think was “How in the world will i draw a meditating cat.” I do draw a little, but I am certainly not a trained illustrator. Then one day, I could just see the way the cat would sit. and i just sat down and drew that in pencil. The aura was easy – I just imagined what electric energy would look like and made some squiggly lines.
I decided to make this a little gift for my classmates. They were thrilled. I was too.
But it was the dog lovers in the room who felt a tiny bit jilted.
So next… Meditating Dogs! (how in the world am I going to draw a meditating dog…… )
Here’s just a sweet little guest book idea created for one of my favorite brides. Andrea chose the ingredients in her recipe for marriage, and left it to the guest to fill in the directions. I think this is so sweet idea….
I was so excited and grateful when Tiny Pine Press was to be included in Charlotte Rivers new book “Little Book of Letterpress”. What an amazing honor to be situated next to the most innovative and captivating letterpress designers from all over the world.
Yesterday I was poking around a bookstore and I saw it on the shelf. That was the moment when it hit me that this artful social stationery which is usually marking a one time event in someone’s life has made it into a slightly permanent slot in a book which will be used as reference for awhile.
This makes me feel good! You can get a copy for your house at amazon.
I was looking through some photos that Gia Canali took for me awhile back… and I came to a shot of my collection of suitcases, otherwise known as the Tiny Pine Press Mobile Stationery Unit.
These are the carrying cases that all my samples have to fit in when I take meetings outside of the studio. I carry them around like a traveling sales lady. I think that would be a fun job… to go door to door designing personal stationery for everyone. I would certainly get a good sense of their personalities!