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Dauphine Press Holiday Card Inspiration

In our Northern California office we don’t have snowy white winters, but our design team was inspired by “snow and gold” when creating our 2011-2012 holiday card. Starting with the “snow and gold” inspiration, we knew that above all, we wanted to incorporate brilliant gold foil and use our bright white letterpress stock.

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Staying true to our Dauphine Press aesthetic we wanted the card to have a vintage feel, which was achieved by creating a border inspired by gold details in art deco architecture and jewelry. The subtle texture of the snow-like letterpress blind hit in the fluffy cotton paper is perfectly paired with the warm gold foil border and sentiment. The “warm wishes” greeting was  by the amazing calligrapher Georgia Deaver in a script inspired by vintage packaging, resulting in a slightly traditional feel perfect for the holidays (or any wedding!). The calligraphy and gold foil are carried onto the light grey envelope completing the perfect clean and fresh wintery palette.

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McEvoy Ranch Limited Edition

Over the past five years we’ve been honored to create custom illustrations and hand-made letterpress labels for McEvoy Ranch. The custom illustrations included on each collector’s edition letterpress label for their Limited Edition Extra Virgin Olive Oil were inspired by different elements seen on their amazing ranch right here in Petaluma, California. These architectural and landscape elements were incorporated into the design, letterpress printed on 100% cotton papers and hand-applied to their beautiful glass bottles. The 2011 label included gold foil to commemorate their 20th year. Below is a retrospective of these gorgeous labels.

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If you haven’t tried McEvoy’s delicious olive oils or used their sumptuous body products, you really must! Click here to see all they have to offer. Aren’t the best projects those that delight multiple senses?

Trunk Show at Union Street Papery

We are thrilled to announce an upcoming trunk show with our friends at Union Street Papery!

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Join us for a wine & cheese reception, get an exclusive preview of the new Dauphine Press Custom Wedding Portfolio II & receive design advice & helpful tips from the design team.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 • 5:00 – 8:00 pm

2166 Union Street, San Francisco

Enjoy exclusive Dauphine Press promotions: 20 free invitation suites when you order 100 or more, complimentary note cards with any wedding stationery order, or 20% off personal stationery.

~ Dauphine Press goodies will be given to our first 25 brides ~

Call Union Street Papery at 415.563.0200 for further details

Real Dauphine Press Wedding by Sasha Souza Events – Carrie & Jon

In the spirit of summer, below are a few photos from a wedding we worked on with the amazing Sasha Souza. Carrie Nelson and Jon Spurlock were married last year at Carrie’s parent’s rice
farm in Pleasant Grove, California. The illuminated barn is such a beautiful touch!

Photography by Paul Morse and Cheryl Kaufman
Lighting by Got Light?

 

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Deborah Tanaka: Love Maud

Last week I came across a very fun business card which we printed for Deborah Tanaka, a Bay Area designer with a long history in children’s fashion, graphic design and surface design. Deborah illustrated the card by hand and often embellishes the cards with watercolor and stitching before giving them out – a sweet touch that speaks volumes about her new passion for handmade goods. Love Maud is Deborah’s socially and environmentally responsible line of children’s’ clothing and accessories. She says “I made my choice to leave the corporate clothing industry to embrace the Slow Fashion movement like many designers in the US and Europe. Here in Northern California, there are many indie fashion design studios creating high fashion from recycled and organic materials. I am one of those designers.”

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This Friday, April 30th, Deborah is exhibiting at the new Roots Collaborative, a local, handmade artisanal marketplace in Mill Valley, California.

We are very lucky to know Deborah through her daughter, Dauphine Press Creative Director, Erin Shetterly Burns. We turned to Deborah last year as a design resource for our Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitation collection. We wanted the line to impart her inspired, youth-focused point of view that we found so fresh and appealing. We also needed the designs to be true to the Dauphine Press sensibility, as well as hold equal appeal to parents and their tweens. Deborah knocked it out of the park with several different concepts which have proven very successful. Below are two of her designs.

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We look forward to seeing more of Deborah’s work as she evolves her Love Maud line through her new designs and inventive use of materials and fabrications.

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