Thursday, 10 October 2013

Recent Creations...

I know I noted in my last post but for my regular followers I wanted to say I'm sorry it's been so long since I last posted and thank you for encouraging me to continue! It has been a crazy busy time both in work and play, but I also had a difficult experience with a recent commission which threw me a little and made me take a step back to think about me, and what I wanted to get out of this. 

I started this blog because I really enjoy what I do and I wanted to share not only my creations but things which inspired me and hopefully would inspire others. When I created our invitations it was because I couldn't find that unique product to suit our day. It is my belief that the invitations play a huge part in giving your guests a flavour of the occasion. Stationary which reflects the couple makes the occasion so personal for your guests and often these items will be kept as a keepsake of the momentous occasion.

I love creating bespoke designs for others. I probably don't charge what my hard work and effort deserve sometimes but I believe people can have beautiful creations on a budget. I love the whole process from sourcing the papers to sharing the final designs. I especially like getting to know my clients, understanding a little a bit about them, what sort of thing they are into and most of all who they are as a couple. I have created all sorts, both traditional and contemporary, from vintage packages to incorporating skulls into the design.

I decided to take a bit of time out, to spend some time working on my own creations and just concentrate on some special commissions. I've shared some of them below and I have a couple of close friends weddings coming up for which I was honoured to create not only the invitations but some pieces for their special day. I will share these shortly in a separate post.

'origami petals'

These are a take on an invitation I've created previously but I love the vibrant pink which is revealed when the petals are opened up. I really do love the effect of this design. For something which is so simple, they are so tactile and a beautiful experience to receive. 

'brown paper packages tied up with string...'

Starting from a theme of vintage love letters, I created this package of invitations for a couple who had contacted me wanting to create bespoke invitations for their wedding but were struggling to find something to suit. The main invitation was letterpressed onto brown card in a vintage poster style format. 

I also created a vintage style map for the wedding location, an updated version of a historic map of Glasgow which I had sourced, folding this to pop out of a small book. The cards were all tied up with string and a vintage style sweetie bag in the overall theme was used for the envelope.
'laser cutting'

Another interesting request I had was to create a laser cut invitation. I have a small printer with a blade which allows me to do reasonably detailed designs, but for this request I needed to source a laser cutter. I created the design based on a hand drawn sketch produced by the bride and sourced the help of an architectural connection Try B4U Die who has created his own laser cutting machine and makes not only beautifully intricate creations but also wonderful architectural models. 

The invitation was backed with grey fabric with printed information cards behind, all tied together with a ribbon in the corner. 

Lastly a glimpse of one of my most recent creations, more to follow in a future post!

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