Finished up a second complete set of my ‘like a rock’ pairing. Hand cut linoleum block print in copper & silver, hand painted tribal design frame, and hand sewn & designed linen ‘rock’ soft sculpture. I am in love with this graphic combination of elements: the modern frame with the natural simplicity of the sentiment and rock.
Sent out a few envelope calligraphy samples today that I’m pretty excited about too.
Just finished up a very gardentastic wedding suite for a fellow RIT alumnus (and former resident!). The bride requested that I include the arbor at the winery where the ceremony will take place, and gave me a glimpse into the bridal bouquet inspiration. I love the combination of envelope colors she chose to go with the shimmer silver pocket, too – the lady has got taste! Oh, spring weddings are just so pretty!
I don’t think I could have imagined a more lovely collaborative invitation than this. Each piece was given so much character, down to every last detail. Cecelia has a way of making magic happen with vellum, and is the only person I know that can give a building a cute personality. This was just seriously fun to work on, and how pretty is that blush color? Can’t you just feel the love between these forever friends?
It’s been busy around here with lots of fun new weddings to work on. I’ve had some nice opportunities to try out new ink combinations on the last few envelope jobs. Both were on paper bag envelopes, which are always a perfect neutral to sneak a little color onto. One was accented with a blush color gouache, the other with a bright peacock blue. I’m really excited to see the full suites put together when they are back from the printer. One especially, which was a collaborative effort between my good friend Cecelia and me. Can’t wait to share it soon!
My latest wedding ensemble. They will be printed on a soft white stock, but just for fun I had a set printed on bright white to pair with dual tone gray envelopes. I’m torn. I think I’m liking this cream color after all, but I do love my grays! Thank goodness it wasn’t my decision, haha!
I recently finished up a big calligraphy job for the absolute nicest former coworker, Allison, from my favorite stationery store. It was easy to become interested in illustrating and designing specifically for the wedding industry while I was around the inspiring, fun, & talented ladies at Poême ; so obviously I was thrilled to work on these. And I think I might like this slanted addressing, too.
It is nice to see a bit of freedom in my schedule now, before another wave of invitations begin. I’ve been finding tiny bits of time here and there to work on some adorably small projects (notice how cute that sentence sounds?). I whipped up this ‘pair and a spare’ set of mittens just last week for a lucky little lovebug.
A few months ago at the RYP Entrepreneur Expo, I shared a cozy corner with fellow RIT alumnus and friend from student government, Lori Coleman. It’s a funny thing that after nearly 5 years, we both found ourselves married, immersed in the whirlwind of creative energy that is the wedding industry, & greatly influenced by wonderful families and children. Lori had recently joined forces with another local photographer, Erin Perotta, and they were looking to brainstorm a new identity for themselves. I will say this, those two have their act together! We really only went back and forth conceptually a few times before the logo was, well, pretty darn perfect for them. What we ended up with wasn’t that far from the initial sketch, which was intended to capture a bit of each of their personalities ( if you’ve seen Lori’s hair, you know what I’m talking about- this girl’s got curls!).
Lori spent a nice afternoon with me in my studio a few weeks back to snap some photos for a spotlight she did on their new identity & of my work. Gosh, I’m blushing just looking at it again! I love that she came to our home for the shoot. Being in my own environment made it feel more casual, and probably helped avoid a lot of those ‘deer in headlights’ moments (ok, Liam needed a little warming up). And they are darn good at capturing the perfect moments too! Go check out their completely adorable portfolio at lorianderin.com.
My studio buddy. Love him!
I’ve had a few really fun wedding calligraphy jobs already this month, and a super fun neon pink valentine addressing gig coming up shortly, too. White is probably one of my favorite inks to use, but the cream and coral on those grey string & button envelopes is a pretty sweet combination. Dare I say a new top choice?