Friday, February 27, 2009
Here at Poppy we think that there's nothing more special than having your stationery custom designed and printed just for your big event. Well, perhaps the only thing that could top that is to have a custom illustration as part of your design.
I've been illustrating and painting my entire life, and I'm just so happy now to have a job that lets me do it every day! And I've been watching Eessu's talent for art develop for the past 14 or so years (her drawing skills are far better than mine!), and you can bet that I'll be encouraging her to use these skills at Poppy Letterpress.
We've been working on designs for some baby announcement cards for an expectant couple, and have had the pleasure of developing a couple of illustrations for them to consider using on the cards. We started with a galah, but he didn't quite fit right, so we then spent some time on a Palm Cockatoo. I just love him, he looks so cheeky.
The original illustration is quite large and detailed and too good to just use only once, so we've decided to produce a short edition of prints. I'll be framing the first one off the press to put in our new baby's room. More details to come.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I recently worked with two dear friends of mine on their engagement invitation postcards. Being the creative folk that they are, Claire and Adam designed and screenprinted a tree graphic on the front of the card, then had Poppy print the details on the back with the press.
I'd love to do more collaborations like this. I find that letterpress can look incredibly effective when combined with other types of printing. And it's quite easy to match the ink colours as well.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Eessu has been one of my dearest friends since we were kids, and she's got to be the most creative person I've ever met. Sporting a visual arts degree in printmaking, Eessu will be here helping me print while I'm pregnant (and hopefully for much longer!). This means that we won't have to shut up shop for the last months of my pregnancy, and we can still offer full service to all clients. It will also give me more time to work on exciting new designs.
We've been doing a little training in the studio, and Eessu completed her first print run today: black peony notecards.
Keep your eye on this girl, she's going to be printing up a storm!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We love printing our own designs here at Poppy, but clients also have the option of submitting their own artwork, which is exactly what Rob and Elizabeth opted for. It was so refreshing to print this sunny yellow and charcoal combination straight after printing black only for a couple of days. I think yellow is really going to be big this year, and you can see why - it's just so happy!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I ended up going mad for squirrels over this design - they're just so cute. Sharlene loves squirrels, and really got me hooked. This simple and quirky design let the couple have a bit of fun with their stationery, before needing some more serious invitations later on.
The little squirrel was hand-drawn at Poppy. We love creating custom illustrations for designs. It's one certain way to ensure that your concept is original and fun!
The backs of the Save the Dates held adhesive magnets, so family and friends are able to stick them to the fridge for reminders.