For several years, we have worked with The Hamlin School, a private girls’ school in San Francisco, on invitation projects. This year we again collaborated with the school on a colorful and fun invitation for their Spring Gala which took place at San Francisco City Hall and featured Bollywood dancers. This year’s theme was “Live. Work. Play.” and the invitation design focused on a hand drawn floral Mendhi design.
In setting the theme for the event, we designed the invitation for offset (flat) printing to achieve full-page knockouts that gave the large-format invitation a pop of color. We chose a bright pink envelope with the return address and floral motif letterpress printed in silver ink. The motif also spilled over to the front of the envelope when sealed. We also designed and printed a translucent fly sheet as an added layer to and was slipped into the oversized tri-fold invitation.
We were delighted to learn that the event was a wonderful success for the school and we look forward to working with the ladies from The Hamlin School again next year.
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.
Butter & Egg Day letterpress poster design by Erin Shetterly, ©Dauphine Press
Earlier this week on The Fine Print, we showcased Cinderella stamps which we designed and printed for the Absolutely Best Cotton Deluxe Envelopes Fancy Guide (or ABCDEFG for short). This guide was the clever party favor for the Correspondence Salon sponsored by Crane & Co. at the opening of Alphabetilately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
The guide’s airmail imagery and color scheme were a perfect tie-in to an exhibit about the collecting of stamps and the sending of mail.
The contents of the slipcase were postal as well, a series of cards each profiling a different envelope size in the Crane offering.
The guide also received a Merit Award from Print Magazine.
Cinderella stamps look like postage stamps, but are not “genuine” as they are not government-issued. They cannot be used as postage, so they are the step-child of real stamps. As such, Cinderellas have a long and colorful history in the world of philately and are sought after by many collectors. On a recent project, we had a chance to create three Cinderellas for a collaborative piece that we designed and printed for Crane & Co. in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for the opening reception of Alphabetilately.
The exhibition (which has been extended until October 29, 2010!) explores 26 topics, each illustrated with a Cinderella created by a different graphic designer, one for each letter of the alphabet. They can be viewed on line here.
Dauphine’s project featured three Cinderella stamps printed on dry-gummed paper and pinhole-perforated by hand. The Crane & Co. Cinderella depicts a cotton plant, referencing the fact that Crane makes 100% cotton papers. The National Postal Museum’s Cinderella has a global airmail motif, referencing the world of stamps. Dauphine Design’s Cinderella depicts a Savannah Sparrow, a motif we frequently use. The Dauphine and Crane “denominations” combine to make up the year (2008), and the Smithsonian’s stamp is valued at 15 NPMs referring to the Museum’s 15th anniversary.
Our love of these faux postage stamps dates back to a much earlier project. For several years, Dauphine Press also had a retail stationery store. We taught workshops there, including a class on printing faux postage stamps which we printed on our Vandercook.
Spring has finally hit everywhere around the country and this week we’re highlighting an invitation from our Dauphine Press custom collection that is the embodiment of spring itself: Citron.
This award-winning design was created by Katrina McHugh and prints in three colors: buttercup, leaf and espresso. On press, we capture a very high level of detail in the lemon branch image which derives from a vintage engraving. The Citron invitation won an International Design Award from How Magazine in 2009.
The Citron invitation sprung from a project we did for the esteemed Paula LeDuc catering in Emeryville, California. Paula wanted a bonbon box as a takeaway for their tastings and events. The company’s identity and stationery was restrained and classic, they had never before used a graphic image on any branded materials. But the lyrical lemon branch image resonated with Paula, and we designed the bonbon box that first introduced the image to their clients. We later developed an invitation for an event Paula le Duc held at Beaulieu Garden which evolved into our Citron wedding invitation.
Inspiration comes from so many unexpected places! We hope your spring brings new inspired ideas to your world.