For those of you who saw my review of the incredible Ladies of Letterpress book last week, you may recall the lovely work I featured from Robinson Press. That shop, located outside Boston, is the brainchild of Rachel Robinson. Rachel told me she worked for years in various capacities with John Derian (a major obsession of mine), and “being surrounded with all of those beautiful images and antiques had a major impact on me.”
That impact is palpable in this ebullient suite she created for a wedding to take place in a few weeks. “I’m a romantic at heart, and always veer towards imagery from the past. Uncovering something old and dusty and breathing new life into it is just as much a part of my design process as getting to know a bride and groom,” Rachel described. “Rebecca and John are getting married in a castle on the Irish countryside, and wanted their invite to feel antique and unique. The floral border is extrapolated from an antique botanical print, and the typography is a classic combo. The invite is letterpress printed on Crane’s Lettra Natural white cotton paper in taupe and marigold ink, and tied with a tight weave cotton ribbon from Angela Liguori’s studio.”
I can’t think of a better way to kick off a Monday morning than with this dreamy suite! In addition to selling her work direct to consumers, Rachel also wholesales and is re-vamping her line. You can see here current offerings here — but her new designs are moving away from “quirk and towards luxe,” she told me. “Through the process of designing 37 custom wedding suites in the last few months, I’m inspired by the idea of melding several printing and finishing techniques usually reserved for the wedding invitation, and creating a fancy-pants line of notecards and stationery. The proof will be in the pudding, and I’m excited to start sampling and producing this fall.”
I know I’m not the only looking forward to seeing these new creations!