Case Study: Cats and Street Food

A sneaky peek of a recent wedding commission.

Mary and Paul's shared interests were pinned down to street food, festivals and their cats! Their wedding would be informal with no 'girlie stuff'. So we came up with a vintage food van - and I'm glad to say Mary didn't veto the hanging baskets! Archie and Stella take pride of place and the 'GMW' on the number plate is an in joke  for their friends.

The main invite was letterpress printed in dark grey, with the pink/yellow/blue fairy lights applied by hand to create a pop of colour. We used Artoz 1001 lined envelopes from Bureau Direct.

In addition we created an RSVP card and an additional information card (both digitally printed, a personalised address stamp, and also a stamp featuring the van, to be used to personalise place names and other details on their big day.

If you'd like to commission us to create something for your big day - girlie or not - we'd love to help. Email us at orders@bloomfieldandrolfe.com

Case Study: A Lovebirds Wedding - from off the peg to totally bespoke

How we created a bespoke wedding stationery suite by adapting one of our bestselling wedding designs.

Back in October 2013 Martha ordered several of our personalised stamps, including a Lovebirds Wedding Stamp  to make save-the-date cards for her upcoming marriage to Nicolas.

Later, in early 2014, she emailed to ask whether we could create a personalised wedding invite design using the Lovebirds motif, but incorporating  things special to her and her fiance. We came up with the following bespoke design using their favourite place 'One Tree Hill' and the London skyline as inspiration.

The invites were letterpress printed on Colorplan Harvest 700gsm using a magnesium plate to create a deep impression, creating a beautifully tactile finish.

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As the wedding day approached we adapted the design to include the wedding venue, for the order of service, and the reception venue, Longford Hall, for the table numbers. For both of these we simply provided a JPEG image of the design so Martha and Nicolas could print out at home.

We're always happy to adapt our existing designs for your big day (or any other occasion!). If you'd like to discuss this, or commission something entirely unique, don't hesitate to contact us at orders@bloomfieldandrolfe.com.

 

A day in the Typotetum

It's a rare thing that Bloomfield & Rolfe get together, living some 200 miles apart and with the commitments of little person, career, stamps and all the other extra-curricular things we like to do (but don't have time to blog about). So it was a delight when were set off in the blazing heat of mid-May (I made that up, it was the persisitant and freezing drizzle of mid-May) to learn about letterpress at Typoretum near Colchester.

And what fun we had! The inconspicuous purpose-built studio in Justin and Cecilia's garden was packed floor to ceiling with type and presses and ink (and amazing light fittings). Such was the excitement within I omitted to take a photo of the outside, but their set-up was like an episode of 'Relocation Relocation' made real (I'm allowed to romanticise, I'm insanely jealous).

drawers and drawers and drawers of type

drawers and drawers and drawers of type

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After a brief introduction from Justin were were allowed to get stuck in. There was a vast array of metal type available, but the lure and patina of the wood type was too much to resist and we both decided to set a poster.

After only a few minutes I was ready to go: always in a rush!

Jenny's Elbow inspired text

Jenny's Elbow inspired text

Holly's motivational text on the press (not to do with Nike at all she assured us. Hmmmm, is that a swoosh?)

Holly's motivational text on the press (not to do with Nike at all she assured us. Hmmmm, is that a swoosh?)

Rob helped me mix up this wonderful gradiation of ink which I, to be pretentious about it, call 'fresh morning light'. So I was ready to get printing.....

'Fresh morning light' on the rollers.... don't you want to eat it!

'Fresh morning light' on the rollers.... don't you want to eat it!

My type inked up... and that pesky uninked 'D' that caused so many problems.

My type inked up... and that pesky uninked 'D' that caused so many problems.

..... but, as is so often the case in my life, more haste and less speed was required and I can confirm that it's more difficult than it looks! All the attributes that make the wooden type so covetable, make it very difficult to print as it is worn and uneven through use. Many prints later I think I got something I will be able to frame.

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A big thank you to Justin and Rob for their help and patience and providing such an inspiring day and freedom to play with all their stuff, and to Cecilia too for the amazing home cooked lunch!