If I were a gown designer, I would want to be Claire Pettibone. She speaks a language of art and love all wrapped up in divine fabric and detail that resonates with the whimsical artist in all of us. Even if you might never wear a Pettibone frock, you can’t help but get pulled in to her magical world.
So when we had the chance to vision in paint and pretty for Claire’s runway show last fall you can imagine…just imagine… We started with a few swatches of fabrics and a muted color palette. I then developed a floral pattern of garden roses, cherry blossoms, olive branches and camellias…
Programs and keepsake bookmarks were letterpressed and then accented with gold foil…watercolor and milky inks were applied to each and every – thousands and thousands of brushstrokes later…
Loved floating white into sheer and bright watercolor here…Notice those gold foil flower centers….ah love those details!
From Claire on our collaboration:
“Growing up with artist parents, and surrounded my whole life with paint, turpentine and the creative process, I feel such a kindred spirit in Kristy. My medium is silk, lace and embroideries, while hers are watercolors, papers and gold leaf. It was so exciting to collaborate on this project, and see how Kristy interpreted my direction and inspiration to the page. The fact that each piece was individually hand painted blew me away!“
And of course custom iPhone gifts for all the show attendees…
The team spent a week painting away…
So grateful for this experience. XO
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Every one and a while a project comes along that captures your heart. This is one of those projects.
Many of you know from following over the years, I’ve been involved with the iconic Engage! Wedding Symposiums for the past 5 years. Not your typical conference by far, these epic gatherings are a mingling of minds, hearts and passions. Twice a year I join the best in the industry in some of the most impressive locations coast to coast; from Grand Cayman and Las Vegas, to San Diego and the incomparable Breakers in Palm Beach.
We joined forces with the team at Two Paperdolls to create the itineraries and namecards for each attendee…Being this was Engage’s 10th anniversary, we just had to step it up. Once I reviewed the color story…Tangerine Tango, white and silver, I knew…there had to be silver foil. It all began with a sketch of The Breakers…
For some wow, I envisioned a large tri-fold to stretch to 15 inches when open…Here is where the insanely talented Deborah Nadel comes into play. Her custom script, crafted especially for Engage! made an appearance again and again from cover to interior. We had the honor of watercolor-ing over and around her lovely hand.
To get the look first clean water is painted onto each. We then float in soft watercolor shades, letting the color and water explode together in haphazard form.
Next we moved on to the extra large namecards. Two Paperdolls created sheets of the Engage! pattern in silver foil which we then painted in an ombre effect with rich shades of tangerine ink.
I interpreted the Engage! sunburst in sketch and each were then painted with juicy watercolor and silver shimmer ink brushstrokes…all 600…these lovelies were double sided.
I won’t soon forget the call I received after all art was sent and the printing had been done. Vanessa from Two Paperdolls could only say “this stuff looks #!&*##!! amazing!” Now you know me…I don’t get mouthy on my blog but that statement from Vanessa seemed to sum up what we all were feeling about the Engage! paperie.
Every impression, every brushstroke, each turn of the pen was full of spirit and a colorful energy -we all felt it. I’m honored to have created this paperie with such good, good people. XO
So I have a story for you and not the kind of story you might expect to hear after I’ve been at a fabulously orchestrated, glam conference in Las Vegas. As on onlooker you may think our days are filled with all that is beautiful, creative and just plain wonderful. I must admit, I have pinch-me moments often as my job, the way I make a living and support my family in most ways is a dream. BUT, there are some days that try the soul. Last Saturday was one of those days for me.
A stationers worst nightmare came true for me last week. The type of situation all of us event professionals dread. The situation we plan for with scenarios A-Z; the kind of situation that never happens…HAPPENED.
FedEx (whom we do not typically use for shipping) decided our massive, perfectly packaged box full of hand-watercolored letterpress itinerary booklets, fresh off 60+ hours on the painting table needed a little hydration. Not a mist or a sprinkle but what appeared to be a five hour submersion in standing water. The box was so damaged it arrived lovingly re-boxed by FedEx to appear as if nothing ever happened. Oh but it did happen. Water + cotton letterpress stock + individually hand painted watercolor moments = you do the math.
So why am I telling you this story? Why am I sharing one of my worst fears coming true? One simple reason – to share how we triumphed with the help of some friends.
Just one minute after receiving the call, I sprang into action. My ruined papers were in Vegas, I was still in PA and there was a good 24 hrs between me and them. New covers were printed, phone calls were made. A team in Vegas agreed to jump on board (without me even asking really) and begin to curate and salvage what was left of these gorgeous pieces. By the time I arrived in Vegas after 10 pm the next day, the water soaked beauties were well on their way to being stunning again and ready to meet their recipients on Monday afternoon.
Now, a look at the finished pieces…
The purpose of telling this story isn’t to scare (no worries ladies, we have systems in place so this doesn’t happen to you). The purpose isn’t to flaunt our pretty-despite-the-mess papers. The purpose is to inspire. This industry is full of individuals with gumption and guts. We put our hearts (the work) out there every day and well, some days go better than others. Regardless though we are ready. Ready for the worst and the best. Prepared to literally do whatever it takes to preserve and rebuild all that we take great care to cultivate – our art.