resistance calligraphy & indigo watercolor

Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger | 1 Comment »

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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!

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on the desk this week : calligraphy transcription

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, wedding gifts, weddings | Tags: | No Comments »

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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.

Love arrives
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.

-Maya Angelou

Visit the shop page for information on my transcription offering for poems, letters or any words of your choice, starts at $125.


esme winter stationery : at flotsam + fork

Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, paper, things | Tags: | No Comments »

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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.

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new invitation for a wintry wedding shoot : featured on style me pretty

Posted: March 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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Paperfinger contributed a new invitation design along with menus and place cards for a wintry wedding scene produced by Luxe Event Productions, shot by Hazelwood Photo and flowers by Swoon Floral Studio. Check out the full feature and gallery on Style Me Pretty.

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Photography by Hazelwood Photo.

 


sierra & michael’s wedding [part 3] : helado bar

Posted: February 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, eats, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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They also planned a yummy and colorful ice cream bar as a part of the wedding festivities and I created some fun signage for the display.

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All photography by Jen Huang.


sierra & michael’s wedding [part 2] : table scenes in dominica

Posted: February 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, handmade, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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Sierra & Juliet (the Poppies & Posies team) kept it simple, but of course it was elegant and dreamy. They sourced all the flowers on site and added these beautiful blue tablecloths to highlight the gold place cards and brilliant bougainvillea blossoms. And I wrote the calligraphy for all the guest names.

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All photography by Jen Huang.


sierra & michael’s wedding [part 1] : field guide invitations for a costa rica wedding

Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.

Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.

It called for a unique invitation — less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone’s anticipation for the special trip.

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Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named “A Field Guide.” It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.

The invitation elements:

  • Invitation — gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
  • Map of the region — hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
  • Mini compass
  • Route details — a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa

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  • Field Notes pencil
  • Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide — letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
  • Blank pocket notebook — illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
  • Tropical spice rub — seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff

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All photography by Jen Huang.


art of instruction : postcard box set

Posted: January 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, paper | No Comments »

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I’m pretty obsessed with this postcard set from Chronicle Books, The Art of Instruction: 100 Postcards of Vintage Educational Charts ($19.95). I mean, it even comes with divider tabs for the various categories.

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights. gold foil & engraving invitation

Posted: January 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, weddings | 1 Comment »

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This custom invitation suite was such an exciting process. We were able to combine two printing methods: gold foil for the hand-drawn floret pattern and ivory engraving for the text of the invitation and reply card. So happy with how these came out and excited to now be offering them as a part of our invitation collection.

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights. the ultimate reveal

Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, paper, paperfinger | No Comments »

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For Josh & Michelle, I took a very precious call from their doctor to find out the sex of their baby before making them this special wax-sealed card. It provided them with a private and beautiful moment to read the news together. The best!

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