Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CulinART 2011 Gala

Every year the Austin Chapter of the International Special Events Society hosts a spectacular gala, raising money for The Wright House Wellness Center. I am happy to be donating my time, for the fifth year, to such a wonderful cause.

The name of the event, “CulinART”, draws from the amazing gourmet culinary fare served and the art for which helps raise money for the nonprofit. This year’s theme, “A Gala of Surreal Fantasy” is inspired by the surrealist artists of the 20th century who depict the worlds of dream and fantasy. With artists, such as René Magritte (who is well-known for his witty and thought-provoking images like The Son of Man, depicting an apple in front of a man’s face), I had a lot of inspiration to draw from.

To brand the event, I created the CulinART logo with images that illustrate the culinary fare as well as the surreal portion of the event. The save the date plays off of Magritte’s The Son of Man. The ad, which will run in the Austin Chronicle’s February 3rd issue, uses the same illustration.

The invitation set includes a transparent vellum overlay with the words, “Ceci n’est pas une fête”. Magritte’s Treachery of Images states in French ”This is not a pipe” over an image of a pipe. And it isn’t: it’s just a picture of a pipe. And so the vellum overlaying the invitation states, “This is not a party”. And it isn’t the actual party…a definite play on words.

The envelope was printed with the CulinART logo and clouds image. The invitation appears to be a simple 5” x 7” invitation with rounded corners. However, not everything is as it appears. If you look at the invitation in the right angle or light, you’ll notice a varnish overlay of cloud images all over the text. Ginny’s Printing did a fabulous job with the clear varnish and aqueous ink printing to create the effect.

I’m continuing to design stationery for the event (program is next!) so check back soon. I’ve had so much fun designing, but most importantly, I’m extremely excited to be a part of such a wonderful cause. What’s better than to support a local nonprofit while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & a gourmet plated dinner?!

If you’d like more information on CulinART: A Gala of Surreal Fantasy or you’d like to buy tickets, please visit www.isesaustin.com/culinart.

Save the date (and custom logo to brand the event):

Invitation Set:

Invitation set, showing cloud image printed in a clear varnish:

Austin Chronicle Ad:

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Knot Spring/Summer 2011

The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of The Knot Texas magazine is available at bookstores. Take a look at the spread about the networking party in August that we designed the event stationery for!

The Event Stationery:

Design by The Inviting Pear
Event Planner: 36th Street Events
The Mill Photography Studio

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Save the dates

I love using hand calligraphy within my designs. These romantic save the dates incorporate a custom font for the bride and groom's names. Thermography (raised) printed on natural-colored linen cardsock, these save the dates really make an impact.

Design by The Inviting Pear
Wedding Planner: Bethany, 36th Street Events

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Purple passion

I definitely see a trend lately, and it's purple, purple, purple! And that's okay with me because it's my favorite color. Melissa wanted lots of bright purple with an accent of pink. Too much purple? Nah!

Invitation set: 

Monogram seal on outside of pocketfold:


Invitation translated to Spanish for bride and groom's Spanish-speaking guests:

Design by The Inviting Pear
Wedding Planner: Kerry, BZ Events

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Friday, January 07, 2011

Ann Richards School Invitation

Located in Austin, The Ann Richards School is an all-girls public school founded to educate young women and give them the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. I've been to the school several times and it's amazing the real-world experience these girls are receiving. My good friend, Michelle, is the Director at the School and hired me to design a high-end invitation to encourage supporters to join the Governor's Council. For additional information, please visit http://www.annrichardsschool.org/.

To give the piece impact, I designed the invitation to be larger than standard size. Printed on linen-textured cover stock, "Governor's Council" peeks through the die-cut window. Gray and blue were used as they are part of the school colors. To keep the invitation high end, I kept the design minimal and used modern fonts.

Invitation cover, including printed envelope
(starburst printed on front of envelope and return address printed on flap):

Invitation set:

Invitation set:



Design by The Inviting Pear

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Baby Announcement

When my friend, Paula, hired me to design her baby announcements for her third child (finally a boy!), I was extremely excited. You see, Paula is also a graphic designer. But with three kids, she didn't have time to create something custom. Talk about pressure for me! But it was also a wonderful compliment that she trusted me to design it. As a graphic designer, Paula definitely knew what she wanted so this was 100% a collaboration. Congratulations to Paula and John...what a beautiful family.

Front cover of the trifold baby announcement:

Unfolded to show 2 panels of the trifold to create one image:


Design by The Inviting Pear

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