Today’s stationer interview is with Jessica of Odd Duck Press! She’s already made an appearance a few times on this blog (check out her Sample Timeline to Plan Your Wedding Stationery, Wedding Stationery: The Pieces and Parts, and Wedding Invitation Etiquette + Wording Ideas guest posts), and now we’re happy to get to know her a little better today!
Photo by Mercedes Coyle
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
While I was in art school, I volunteered at the San Fransisco Center for the Book which is where I was introduced to letterpress printing. One of my husband’s long-time friends was getting married and I jumped at the chance to print the invitations for him and his fiancée. After graduating with a degree in textile design, I apprenticed at Peter Koch Printers for a year and really honed my letterpress printing skills. I love designing and printing wedding invitations because it incorporates so many of my favorite things: pattern, color, typography, fine craftsmanship and the opportunity to work one on one with couples to create something really special.
See more of the interview and Jessica’s lovely designs after the cut…
What is your favorite color combination?
It’s hard to pick a favorite! I’m pretty keen on chartreuse + plum, coral + cream and tangerine + lime.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
All of the custom work I design is done in close collaboration with the client, so by the time all of the details have been hammered out, we’ve arrived at something quite unique. There are so many factors that come into play: theme, colors, flowers, venue, time of year, formal or casual, indoor or outdoor, day or night. By the end of the design process, the invitation suite really is a reflection of the couple’s personalities and aesthetics.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
One of my favorite script typefaces is Aquiline; it’s incredibly elegant without being uptight. As far as Roman typefaces, I’m very fond of Copperplate light. I like the subtle serifs and the look of small caps.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
Up until fairly recently, Odd Duck Press had done only custom letterpress invitations. I was asked by a bride-to-be if I would be interested in designing custom invitations that she would then print and assemble herself. It was a really fun project and it actually inspired my to design a collection of DIY printable invites.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
I love the ampersand as a graphic motif, but I don’t use it exclusively when I’m laying out text for an invitation. It just depends what works best with the overall design.
Any advice for brides?
A picture is worth a thousand words! When you work with an invitation designer, don’t be shy about sharing all those images that you’ve been saving…it will save everyone time and frustration in the end.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Yes, we also offer hand bound photo albums and guest books.
Thanks Jessica! To see more about Odd Duck Press, check out her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to her website.