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Wedding Branding

This weekend I went to a beautiful wedding at Glenskirlie Castle in Stirlingshire. The invitations were white with a subtle lilac edge, hinting at what was to come for the main event. Sure enough, the wedding followed a lilac and white theme with lilac dresses and ties for the wedding party, hints of purple through the grey kilts and dashes of pinks through the bouquets. The menus, table plan and name place cards continued the theme of lilac and white with butterflies weaving throughout. Everything flowed and it was an effective form of branding for a wedding. Here are a few examples of other forms of wedding branding. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312012592496/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312011989554/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312009336497/

Inspiration: Misconceptions by Jess Wong

One of my favourite creative booklets to date is a hand lettered book by graphic designer Jess Wong. I cant’t remember how I came across her work — it was a while ago and I saved the website into a folder — but it is a constant reminder to me that a simple idea can take off into a unique spin. “Misconceptions” tells the story of motherhood in an interesting light. Most of the time you hear happy stories of people and their babies bonding with one another. You see photos on Facebook of the good times and people getting broody themselves looking at images of the new baby. However, no one ever really talks about the difficulties behind closed doors. Between the night feeds and the nappy changes, it can sometimes all get a bit too much. I’ve not yet experienced motherhood myself, but after babysitting my cousin’s baby for four hours and needing a lie down when I went home, I can only imagine the stress they feel in the first few months. “Misconceptions” starts off with lovely handwritten type before gradually getting larger and more out of control as the woman’s feelings get more intense. Before long, the page…

New Work: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Modern Tale

I have just released images of my newest work, a series of pop-up books celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The books have a modern day twist with images and phrases relating to current trends. You can view the work here. As previously mentioned in an earlier post, I was never one for crafts growing up. Throughout my degree year I found myself coming up with crazy ideas, falling in love with them, then panicking as soon as I realised I would actually have to make the things by hand. I researched thoroughly into ways of producing each idea then had to be brave and take a risk in order to produce each project. Buying endless amounts of rice-like paper for my Chinese lantern, struggling to find a printer that would actually print on it, then taking four hours straight to make the final product was hard work, but worth it in the end. The same goes for the pop-up books as I literally sweated it out to cut each pop up fold as neat as I could, giving myself a headache from the intense concentration. Although my finished projects aren’t perfect, I think sometimes it’s worth taking a…

DIY Crafts

I was never one for crafts and DIY projects growing up, but recently I’ve found myself more and more interested in creating things by hand for that personal touch. I often browse through Pinterest and find lovely things people have made which look great but cost almost nothing to produce. I often add these finds to the “My Style” board on my Pinterest page — basically a board I add almost everything I like and am inspired by to. (https://www.pinterest.com/staceycarnie/my-style/) Here is a selection of some of my favourite DIY projects: Paper tulips http://trendenser.se/2013/january/diy-papperstulpaner.html Light bulb planters http://www.amomstake.com/2013/04/family-craft-projects-that-make-great-house-decor/ Bottle candles http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/glass-bottles-upcycled-repurposed-as.html Grater lights http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-unusual-diy-upcycled-light-fixtures/