A big thank you to Ruth from Concertina Press not only for sharing your great work and time with us, but for making me CRACK UP today! You’ll see why when you read about her most bizarre request. Now, on to the interview…
1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I was fortunate to work at a local stationery shop for a few years which was a lot of fun – I even got to attend the National Stationery Show in 2010 as a buyer! While I was there one of the jobs I really enjoyed was making custom wedding invitations and stationery for brides getting married on Cape Cod. When the shop closed in March 2011 I decided to go out on my own with my own stationery line aimed at coastal brides having a beach wedding, and Concertina Press was born!
Learn more about Ruth and see photos of Concertina Press stationery after the jump…
2. What is your favorite color combination?
3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
Many of my nautical invitations are unique because I use 19th century scientific illustrations that are out of copyright. I live in a town well known for Marine Biology and I spent some time working at the scientific library there, so I absolutely love old illustrations. I think my most unique invitations have got to be the ones featuring cephalopods – my Cuttlefish Wedding Invitations and my Octopus Wedding Invitations. Will 2012 bring squid wedding invitations? Maybe!
4. Do you have a favorite typeface?
I think my favorite typeface right now is Nelly Script – it has that old fashioned hand written look that I think pairs really nicely with the old illustrations I use.
5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?
Fortunately now that I have my own line and rarely do custom requests, I don’t get as many bizarre requests as I used to when doing custom work at the shop where I used to work. However, one day at the store I picked up the phone and it was a woman who was obviously driving in her car, and she said “do you guys do postcards?” and I said “sure” and she asked “how fast?” and I said “well, when do you need them by?” and she said, “if I come by in an hour, can I pick up an order of 100?” and I said “um, I’m not sure that’s enough time and in any case, l how will I know what you want them to look like?” and she said “oh, well it would be a brown line around the edge, and then the letter H, centered, and then a chicken, which is my logo...” and I interrupted and I just said “no, I’m really sorry, but I don’t think that will be possible“. Weird!
6. Ampersand or the word “and?”
I love to use the Ampersand when it looks nice in the typeface I’m using, but most often I use the word “and”.
7. Any advice for brides?
My advice for brides is that if you’re going with custom invites, give your designer room to make design choices like letter spacing, font choice and color pairings – if you want to micro manage the job to the last detail the designer just feels like a human pencil, not a designer!
8. Do you offer more than just stationery?
I offer Thank You cards to match many of my invitations, and I offer funny greeting cards that can be found at The Pink Polka Dot in Falmouth, Jules Besch Stationers in Wellfleet and Coffee Obsession in Woods Hole, if you happen to be on the Cape. If you happen to be in Lawrence Kansas, visit Wonder Fair and you can pick up some of my cards and boxed stationery!