Sep 26, 2013
Kibo Group International is an organization my husband and I love and support, and I am so thrilled today to be able to show you this card and share its story. Dreamed up on the highest peak in Africa in 1998, buoyed by the training and employment of able and hard-working locals, and now run, in part, by one of the very dearest people in my life, Kibo is dedicated to working with communities in East Africa to reach their full potential, tackling poverty and injustice at the source. The mission of this group is compelling and I encourage you to check out their site to learn more.
Anyway, to bring it back to Saluations—a cool side story is that the Source Cafe in Uganda is actually home to an old letterpress printing press that was found broken down somewhere in Africa and hauled back for repair. Just a pet project for some of the staff there, but it forged a connection several years ago when I first met the then-country director, an American who was home on furlough and wanted to learn more about the craft of letterpress (and hopefully figure out how to fix the one at the Source). Kind of cool.
In a roundabout way, we then decided to make some letterpress notecards for Kibo. I can't take too much credit, because all we did is print the existing logo on French Paper White Muscletone and pair it with kraft enevelopes. But I did set up the print dies, and I do want to spread the word about this great ministry, so I'm blogging about it anyway. And plus—that impression! Someone could get lost in there.
Oct 20, 2013
My alma mater gained a new president this year, and commissioned me to create some invitations befitting the occasion. We letterpressed charcoal and crimson ink on soft cotton stock with matching envelopes and I really loved the result.
May 25, 2014
Gold foil. Letterpress. A blind emboss. And four layers of cardstock. Adam and Kendall were married at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, the oldest in all of Detroit, with a reception following at the iconic Colony Club. Kendall wanted to capture the glamour of the Colony Club in an invitation suite that would really bring a wow factor for her guests. To accomplish it we used a traditional, timeless design and elevated it with a combination of premium printing processes (3 on the invitation alone!) on cotton letterpress stock, using soft pink, chocolate brown, and pale gold cardstocks as stacked backing layers. Each corresponding card featured the same cotton stock printed with letterpress and gold foil, and the pale gold envelopes were perfectly offset with gold knot envelope liners. The whole package was tied up with personalized vellum tags and metallic raffia.