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Kimberly Driessen, New York Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Blue Ribbon Design About Me: I am the owner of Blue Ribbon Design, a graphic design studio in Manhattan that creates letterpress greeting cards and invitations. I specialize in vintage-inspired designs that incorporate historic details in a modern and elegant way. I love helping brides find the perfect visual motif to use throughout their wedding and especially enjoy working on events that take place at historic homes and gardens.
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I am often asked about the inspiration behind specific designs, so here is an example of how one greeting card progressed from inspiration to realization.

It all starts when I see something that catches my eye. In this case, I was taken by an illustration for one of Paul Poiret’s most famous ensembles, “Sorbet.” (Georges Lepape illustration for Gazette du bon ton, 1913, via The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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What appealed to me most were the stylized rosettes and the black & pink colorway. I made several sketches and eventually came up with a stylized rose of my own. The sketch was then scanned and cleaned up in Illustrator.

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Once the line art was created I started working on the layout. I love patterns and thought that this rosette would make an elegant repeat reminiscent of early twentieth-century textiles.

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In keeping with the Moderne mood, I choose a typeface similar to those seen in period advertisements. VoilĂ , the finished product.

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K @ BlogGoggles

That’s awesome. It’s great getting a peek into what really goes into these beautiful pieces of stationary.

I also had no idea illustrator could do that!

 

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