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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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Handmade sweaters

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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.

Happy Butter + Egg Days Petaluma!

This weekend, Petaluma, California celebrates it’s 29th Butter & Egg Days with a parade, street fair and antique fair. It’s a local version of Founders’ Day in that it celebrates the town’s heritage. When we moved to Petaluma in 1999, a neighbor told us that everyone in town is either IN the parade or AT the parade. They were absolutely right! We went from bystanders to pulling red wagons full of princesses, cowboys and chicks over the years. It’s the highlight of the year for just about every child in town and it is one of the many things that make Petaluma one of America’s great small towns.


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Butter & Egg Day letterpress poster design by Erin Shetterly, ©Dauphine Press

Real Dauphine Press Wedding – Erin & Todd {Part One}

On a peerless Saturday in October, Dauphine Press managing director Erin Shetterly was married to Todd Burns in a breathtaking ceremony at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross, California. Kendra Bellah and I were immediately struck by how Erin’s creative genius had touched every detail of the event, from the décor to the music to the signature cocktails. The wedding was a perfect blend of Erin’s eclectic tastes — she shopped the Alameda Antique Fair, flea markets and second hand shops for nearly a year to find the decorations: a collection of vintage white vases for the tables, lanterns for the oak trees, and a vintage mirror repurposed as a chalkboard to display an Emily Bronte quote.

Backing up, Erin came to work for us in 2004. I still have her resume after all these years – it was so creatively designed and presented that it immediately caught my eye and spoke volumes about her attention to detail. Erin has been a transformative force behind Dauphine Press and she has provided so much creative energy which have come to be associated with the brand, like inventive use of color, pattern and typography. When I moved to Pennsylvania in 2008, Erin was the obvious choice to step in and run the day-to-day operations at Dauphine Press. That same year, she was also instrumental in our launch of Dauphine Design.

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Left: Erin’s stunning bouquet of rose, dahlias, and mums
Right: A sweet stack of cards invite guests to share a thoughtful note

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Left: Vintage birdcages and glass lanterns hung from the oaks
Right: Seating cards cleverly attached by mini clothespins to a metal garden gate

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Erin and Todd Burns lead the recessional to Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns ‘n’ Roses

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Left: Guests mingle for cocktails on the veranda
Right: Trish Kinsella listens to toasts at the reception

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Kendra and Todd Bellah drop into the photo booth to salute the couple’s love of 80’s hair bands

Stay tuned next week for details of her gorgeous wedding stationery in cool tones of coral and gray. From save-the-dates to programs and
menus, Erin and Todd’s wedding was beautifully tied together with a
whimsical yet cohesive letterpress stationery package.

Photography: Adi Nevo
Flowers: Vanda Floral

Mid-Winter Gala Invitation

Dauphine Design was proud to have been asked by the Junior Committee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to design and print an invitation for the Mid-Winter Gala on March 11th. The event coincided with the Cartier and America exhibit showing at the Legion of Honor. The invitation design was inspired by the famous Panthère de Cartier. Printed on double thick paper, a variation on the iconic panther image was blind hit (or impressed into the page without using ink). The exhibit was recently extended through May 9, 2010. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area you should definitely stop in to take a peek at this amazing collection!

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