A couple of weekends a go we exhibited at the Chosen Wedding Fair in Reading and showcased our new Wedding Stationery Range Vintage Rose Bowl, a pretty horseshoe shaped garland of roses with initials entwined.
I had wanted to do something with roses for a while and already had a stash of rose motifs but nothing was really jelling so I decided to go back to the drawing board and do a little bit of research. I am a bit of a fan of early to mid 20th century surface pattern design, and started looking at the way roses on 1950s textiles look fuller and more open, a proper old english rose. I was also looking at Susie Cooper pottery from the 30s,40s and 50s and really liked the simplified and stylised look of the flowers. Roses are quite an easy flower to get wrong in paper cutting and can look quite awkward if not designed carefully. Normally I start with a pencil sketch layout then go to full design in Illustrator but this time I decided to hand draw out all the elements first to try and maintain a softer less symmetrical look. I used a white pen on brown paper and drew pages and pages of rose heads until I was happy I had a handful I liked. In keeping with this hand drawn look I choose a scripty font which I have used sparingly for effect.
For the printed items I decided to add an element of illustration. Previously we have kept the typography simple as a contrast against the more complex paper cut wedding invitations, but I felt this range needed to be full on pretty, finishing it off some items with organza ribbon. This design works well in many colours but my favourites are the metallics.