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Collaborative Adventures with BirdDog Press

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

I’ve been working with Alli Bozeman and her Lyons, Colorado based letterpress studio BirdDog Press for over a year now on various projects.  We joke that we need to have weekly meetings to talk design, stay inspired and celebrate the art of making…in fact, we’ve been doing just that.  Over the coming weeks I plan on featuring a few of the projects that we’ve collaborated on, including pieces for my wedding, which was held in November at Dunton Hot Springs in the far reaches of southwestern Colorado.




Inspired by the rustic luxury that Dunton embodies, Alli and I set out to create some ultra-unique wedding invites.  Two logistical factors played into our design decisions: 1. the wedding was rather spontaneous and left very little time for long-range planning or ordering letterpress plates; 2. we only needed to make six invitations.  Alli has been collecting vintage wood type for her press, so we quickly decided to make use of what she had in-house.  Rather coincidentally, she had just received some wood veneer samples from a friend and furniture maker – perfect to connect with the weathered wood structures at Dunton.  We ordered some walnut veneer (my favorite wood species) from Flux Fine Furniture and got started with the printing.


The Vintage Press at BirdDog’s Studio


Alli setting type.


We first blind debossed a wheat-like organic texture into soft cotton paper…it was a November wedding, after all, and we wanted a visual connection to this time of harvest.  Next came the printing of Joe’s and my names using Alli’s vintage wood typeface, followed by a simple scroll pattern to bookend the top and bottom of the page.




Lead type is then set in a framework of spacers and braces – we wanted to keep the message simple and decided to limit the information to the date and location, printed in a bright orange as an accent to the text spelling out our names.


Mocking up the printed piece on walnut veneer with orange grommets and a sprig of wheat.  The walnut will be drilled to accommodate the grommets, and the cotton paper punched.  The thin walnut warped in the dry Colorado climate, an unintended benefit that harks back to the weathered cladding of Dunton’s cabins.



The invites were then placed in boxes, a sprig of dried wheat was added to give the piece more dimension, and the boxes were wrapped in leather and aluminum wire, and finished with a piece of orange coral.  Alli rescued the worn leather remnants from a local upholstery shop – they were going to be thrown away!



Lastly, we were lucky enough to have the final piece photographed on site – in the place that inspired the design in the first place.  These final two photos are by the very talented Julia Vandenover.



Next week I’ll be featuring another BirdDog collaborative adventure – our welcome buckets and place cards.  Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

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