As an artist who works mostly on a commission/client basis, it's not often that I get to call the shots and make all of my own decisions about a piece of artwork. I absolutely adore working with clients to make their creative visions come to life - there is nothing like it, and I'm grateful every single day that this is the work I do! However, as is true in so much of life, balance is essential, and I find that my creative juices flow so much more freely if I make sure to create for myself sometimes.
This collaboration with Emilie Anne Szabo was a breath of fresh air for me! I have followed Emilie's photography for a long time, and have always been inspired by her simple, organic styling and impeccable taste. So when I moved to St. Paul and realized she was only a city away, I had to reach out and see if she'd be interested in collaborating! I was thrilled when she said yes, and the resulting shoot was so. much. fun.
I came up with a simple, elegant invitation suite inspired by minimalism and simple, delicate lines. I decided on relatively plain type and un-fussy calligraphy, and chose to stay within a black and white color palette. I added some interest with champagne calligraphy on the envelopes and presidential stamps that the post office recently came out with.
However, the element that really makes the whole suite is the vellum overlay! I used a lovely marbled vellum, and carefully drew delicate poppies in a graceful pattern all over the paper, creating a wrapper that I tied with Silk and Willow twine. Emilie paired the invitation suite with some amazing, textural greens from her garden and blushing bride proteas, a personal favorite from my florist days! She used several different backgrounds, one a gorgeous white and grey marble, and the other a dark grey linen.
As Emilie shot, we chatted about art and life, sipped on tea, and snacked on clementines. It was so refreshing to not only be able to follow my own creative vision for the invitations, but also to spend time with another artist and create something beautiful together just for the joy of it! If you haven't checked out Emilie's work yet, you definitely want to. She is so talented, and her portfolio is full of inspiration! See more here.