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WorkSpace Features: Cottontail Digital Press

Adrianne Curran the designer behind Los Angeles, California based Cottontail Digital Press has been in business for 5 years.

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Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.

I’m very fortunate that this year we moved into a larger space and I was finally able to set up a proper home office and production area. Most of my work is graphic design so I mostly use the computer for design/creating and sending emails. Some of my orders are printed off site, for anything I print in-house I have my large format Epson printer by my side. I feel like my printer is like my co-worker, some days we get along and other days we fight and it eats all my paper.

I also have a nice wooden table for all my cutting, tearing, perforating and packing needs. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who understands why 1/3 of the storage space in our home is dedicated to paper, envelopes and other business supplies.

One unique feature about my home office is that I share it with my husband. He is creative as well and works in the video game industry. So while I’m working away making lovely wedding invitations, it’s not that uncommon for me to turn around to see him working on a gruesome monster for his game.

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What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?

I’ve always been creative. My mother loved to draw and we would spend out summer days outside drawing and painting. I was creative all through school and received my Master of Fine arts in 2006 from California State Universality, Long Beach. I studied Printmaking with a emphasis on metal engraving.

Being creative is a core part of who I am. I’ve always done music, dance and art. I can’t image doing anything else. I’m constantly inspired by the beauty I see in other artists/dancers. When I see something beautiful I’m always driven to make something myself.

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Tell us about your most recent project

Recently I had to pleasure of working with a former co-worker on a destination invitation package for her wedding in Belize. She’s a very creative person herself so working with was more of a collaboration. It was great to sit with someone and exchange ideas. I’m so used to just presenting an idea to a client and having them say “yes” or “no”.

This project really pushed me to try new materials and take some risks. Destination weddings are always fun and it was great to work with so many new colors and papers.

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What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?

6:30am- Wake up and take care of any household needs: Feed the Dog, Feed the Husband.
7:30am- Log into email and see what emails I need to respond to.
8:00-10:00am- Cut and package any orders that need to go out the door.
11:00-12:00- Drop packages off at main LAX post office. Then stop at Starbucks- a must for me!
12:00-1:00pm- Lunch time and walk the dog
1:00- 3:00pm – Work for “other jobs” I also do contract IT project management work.
3:00-6:00pm – Responding to emails, printing orders, replenishing supplies and emails, emails, emails.
6:00-7:30pm: Dance rehearsal – I belong to a belly dance troupe!
8:00pm – Have dinner with husband
9:00pm – Check email one last time to ensure there are not last urgent emails.

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Any other information you’d like to share about yourself or your business?

In addition to wedding invitations I also work on other creative projects. Since I belong to the belly dance community here in Los Angeles I make a lot of dance collateral (Business cards, fliers, etc). I’ve also made album covers, holiday cards, Photoshop work and much more.

I also teach Introduction to Printmaking once a week. While I make all my wedding invitations using a digital printer, I still love to stay close to my roots of traditional printmaking- Linoleum cutting, metal plate etching, metal plate engraving, monoprinting and colograph.

To learn more about Cottontail Digital Press:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CottontailPress

http://www.cottontaildigitalpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/CottontailDigitalPress

https://twitter.com/cdpinvites

http://cottontaildigitalpress.blogspot.com/

 

WorkSpace Features with: @NatalieBriggs_

Natalie Briggs has been creating beautiful wedding garters for 2.5 years in Perth, Australia.

Laces

Laces

 

Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.

I have a whole room for my workspace so I am lucky! I have large table for my sewing machine and chair. I also use a glue gun for all the tricky bits that are too tricky to sew on. I use the rest of the room to store my materials and packaging!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?

I love to get the positive feedback from customers and knowing that these beautiful brides are wearing something that I have created for them on the most important day of their lives. I am also driven by success to see how i can improve my business everyday:)

 

 

 

 

 

Beads and Embellishments

Beads and Embellishments

Tell us about your most recent project.

I most recently created a new design for a custom order for a friend of a client. She has a beautiful piece of lace that she had kept from her great grandmothers wedding dress which she wanted to incorporate into her garter so it would stay in the family! I came up with a beautiful vintage style garter adorned with pearls and delicate lace.

 

 

 

 

Materials

Materials

What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?

I wake up at about 7:30am, check a few emails on my phone, have a big glass of green in

the morning, then I have a shower. I then head straight to the sewing room to make my orders for the day, I have lunch. Sometime i will get lunch whilst i am out if i need to stock up on supplies. I then do some social networking, update my blog, and spend a little time on the internet. If I get chance i am currently making extra garter to take to my local bridal shops to gain new stockists.

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about NatalieBriggs visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/NatalieBriggs
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natalie-Briggs-Luxury-Handmade-Garters/176834915747979
http://twitter.com/NatalieBriggs_
http://pinterest.com/nataliebriggs
http://www.nataliebriggs.com

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Custom Wedding Stationery & Graphic Design: An Interview with @CSDdesigner

This weeks interview features Courtney from Creative Start Design. Courtney is located in Upstate New York.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been designing wedding invitations for almost a year but I just started my own business in the summer of 2011. I run my little shop on Etsy and do a lot of vintage typography inspired wedding stationery.

I was born in the Hudson Valley of New York but I’ve lived in several areas of the country. I moved around a lot in my teens and finished high school in Wilmington, North Carolina before settling at a great college where I grew up. After I graduated college I moved to Rochester and started my business there…but I’m about to move back to the Hudson Valley. I’m a bit of a nomad!

My schooling and work background is web design and graphic design. I’ve worked for 6 years in various fields of art, design and photography. I absolutely love web design and still try to incorporate that into my business by offering brides custom wedding websites that match their Save the Dates or complete wedding stationery package.

What special things do you create for weddings?
I design all the wedding stationery for a bride’s special day. I love creating custom design packages that fit a bride’s exact needs and style. I create everything from a bride’s save the dates to her invitations, programs, and thank you cards.

You’ll find that I tend to use bold and unique typefaces to create a fun and exciting style for bride’s wedding stationery. My designs with the boldest features tend to be my most sought after designs.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I graduated with my BA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at New Paltz and was heavily concentrated in the realm of website design. It was my “”niche”” and I sort of fell into the title of “”web designer.”

Even thought I was really happy working in the world of websites, I always had this distinct love for typography that I could never explain. Website design is rewarding to me but I could never do the more complex typographical designs that I longed to do when I was designing with HTML (although that is changing with the new developments in website design.)

I started working in print media a year ago and have really begun to delve into the print process and typographic layout like I always wanted to do. After designing some really fun invitations for friends and family (and a boss’s friend!) I realized that there was really something to it and started to explore the option of opening my own wedding invitation business.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Every single design I have can be or has been converted into a wedding website for my brides. I host their site on my wedding website server tyingtheknot.us for up to a year after their wedding! The real secret is that I’ll do it for a bride’s custom wedding invitations as well.

What is your favorite wedding song?
“You and Me” by Lifehouse

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
I’ve had several requests for rustic wedding invitations recently and I have a feeling that this will be continuing in the next few months for the spring wedding season. I think brides are moving towards a more natural design and wedding theme with rustic and timeless elements.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
The planning process with my brides! There’s something so amazing about e-mailing back and forth with my clients and really fleshing out their custom wedding invitations. I find it so rewarding that I get to be such a huge part of one of the most important days of their lives.


What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Take a deep breath! Don’t sweat over the small stuff. Keep your invitations simple, but make a statement about who you are as a couple. You don’t need seven layered wedding invitations if you’re doing a small backyard ceremony. Also, don’t get caught up in all the latest trends. You will want to look back on your invitations and stationery and know you made the right choice because they told a story about your personalities as a couple…not about what was “”in”” that season!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
My perfect wedding would be anywhere with a beach and no internet connection!

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
You know, that’s a hard question! I think anyone famous would be really exciting, but if David Tutera featured me on My Fair Wedding I’d probably die a little.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
One of my wedding websites! A lot of the times, when they get to me, they’ve already made their wedding website on one of the big corporate sites. I wish they could all have one of my custom designs!

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
Seventh Cloud Studio , Kapom Crafts, Prunella Soaps, and J Mould Stamps.

To learn more about Creative Start Design visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/creativestartdesign
http://creativestartdesign.com
http://twitter.com/CSDdesigner
https://www.facebook.com/creativestartdesign

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