There’s something to be said for classic elegance, and this suite of wedding paper products by Cranston, RI-based Little Birdie Papercraft & Design Studio is that and then some. We chatted with owner/creative director Lesli-Ann Powell about this particular design’s beginnings and finer details:
Q: What was your design inspiration?
A: This couple was very creative and looking for something formal but not necessarily traditional. They loved the idea of an Art Deco/Gatsby-esque design. There are a lot of design elements that are unique to Art Deco, and the sunbursts, fan patterns and ornate corners most closely aligned with their tastes. The trick was getting them all into one design without it looking busy or disjointed…add in the fact that it was also very important to include the couple’s initials. I actually used some of the old buildings throughout Providence as inspiration to get a better idea of how to create a cohesive, simplistic but truly Art Deco design. Using minimal colors (only black and golds), layered papers and ribbon helped create some continuity within the design and allowed the variety of Deco elements to come together.
Q: I love the Shapespeare quote on the table number card…tell us about this motif.
A: I love getting creative with table numbers and often encourage my clients to think outside the box. I have used various islands throughout the state instead of numbers, song lyrics from cards saved over the course dating, places where the couple have traveled together, baseball parks, etc. It brings such a personal element to something that might otherwise be mundane. For this couple, each of their tables listed a different quote from a variety of authors and poets. They shared a love of literature throughout their relationship and it was a nice way to let their guests see that side of them.
Q: Can you describe some of the finer details that the untrained eye might not see?
A: The paper used for the invitation layer, inserts and program was all Crane’s Lettra Natural Cotton. The backing layer was Curious Metallics Gold Leaf and it was all printed in-house at my studio in Cranston. The luxurious double-faced satin ribbon served as a way to keep all of the invitation’s inserts together. For fonts, I combined a very traditional script choice for the names and headings and a more modern and playful option for the body text. I purposefully only used a truly Deco font for the initials so that it would not overpower the design elements throughout the invitation.