I had the pleasure of creating custom hand-lettered baby announcements for sweet Madeleine, born this April. Beautifully printed by Nightingale Handmade.
Cameron Moll‘s letterpress masterpiece of type is not just a beautiful representation of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. “In the artwork, there’s a metric tonne of hidden text: names of the architect, engineers, and laborers that perished; shops and restaurants in Brooklyn; and other items with relation to the bridge…The time spent designing the artwork was more than 300 hours, but the time spent doing research—trips to Brooklyn, studying the bridge, selecting typefaces, thoroughly annotating The Great Bridge—is easily double or triple that amount.”
You may notice the typo in “Brooklyn” on the images — there’s a funny story to go along with that too. Check out his website dedicated to the project and explore options for purchase. Bravo Cameron!
(*via HOW Design)
Gwen Barba started Concarta Studio in 2010 to offer paper sculpture and decorative object design for custom clients. Her designs are pleasingly clean and fresh with added elements like watercolor to enhance her paper-cutting skills.
Cake toppers, art, display pieces are among the various types of creations she provides to her clients. Contact Concarta for a custom commission.
(*via Ritzy Bee)
Below, The secret we are seeking.
Enjoy the rest of the collection.
Learn modern calligraphy from me + how to make and assemble classy paper goods for your special event with Precious. (She is a master at elegant and modern paper construction for menus, programs, guest books, you name it — very cool stuff. I’ve taken a workshop with her in the past and enjoyed it immensely. She currently teaches graphic design and designs invitations, brands, and books in her Portland studio.
514 NW 9th, Portland OR 97209
$98 per person
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In our 3+ hour workshop you’ll learn:
- How to use classic tools of calligraphy; nibs and ink
- Techniques for beautiful writing and Paperfinger’s favorite methods
- Best methods for preparing your calligraphy for printed wedding or party materials
- How to make lovely + simple formats for your menu, guest book, program or favors
- How to source paper and fun extras for your project
- Best paper construction methods
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Snacks provided by M. Robin Cakes!
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Please contact Precious Bugarin at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Bryn Chernoff at email@example.com
The bride, Caitlin Watson Boyes, and her mother teamed up to create these fantastically-large paper flowers for her wedding in California last July. Such incredible creations — and the scale! They used butcher paper and spent months creating these beautiful blooms that covered the reception area. Photos by Jessica Peterson.
So thrilled with the images from Emily and Marco’s wedding at Wave Hill, which is now featured in the 2014 Martha Stewart Real Weddings special issue. It was the result of a lot of hard work by a great team, listed below.
Paperfinger contributed all the calligraphy for print and individual paper goods, as designed and produced by the superb Katie of Katie Fischer Design. You can see the calligraphy invitation suite pictured in the magazine’s spread below. It was letterpressed and then each piece hand-painted with a light wash of watercolor by Katie.
For a special client’s birthday dinner, I used resistance fluid to create these watercolor washed place cards on soft Arturo paper. Here’s a video of the indigo watercolor being applied — I found it mesmerizing!
This lay drying on a spread of magazines in the studio this week. I feel grateful for the time I spend transcribing a poem like this — it’s the best way to meditate on the words, writing them slowly and carefully. The complete poem text by Maya Angelou is below.
Touched by an Angel
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
Visit the shop page for information on my transcription offering for poems, letters or any words of your choice, starts at $125.
For those of us with a never-quenchable appetite for paper goods, check out the English line of Esme Winter patterned notebooks ($12-18) and note cards ($4.50), available at the sweet online shop, Flotsam + Fork.