Monday, May 18, 2009

Tweet tweet?

T-minus two months till I become Mrs Sunshine ... and I thought I'd share with you one of my most important projects. I think everyone who is likely to receive one of these (and reads this blog) has already done so, so I'm not spoiling anyone's surprise ... I hope ...

If you remember this, well look what became of it:


One sheet is the (very informal) invite, and the other sheet is a cut out and make little remember-the-date bird which turns into this:


It took a long time to get to a design that I was happy with - here's the evolution of the tweeter:

The bird is based on this gorgeous set of Alice Melvin designed menagerie from the Tate. I tried lots of different bird cut-outs but this one worked the best. I had to redesign it slightly to make it work for what I wanted.

I really wanted a letterpressed invite - but the quotes I got were well beyond our budget, and for a while I thought of screenprinting at college - which would have been fine if I had 40 guests - but we have a lot more, and the time limitation just didn't allow it. In the end they were done digitally from coloured ink on watercolour paper originals. I wasn't happy with the colour reproduction, or the paper quality - but hey, they are done, and have been sent out (and received!).

If any of my lovely readers who received one of these has actually made them, please send me a photo of you with them. And there a few of my readers who can't come to the wedding - I have cards for you! I just need to get my act together and mail them ;) (yes Luceanne, I'm thinking of you!)

19 comments:

Fabric Nation said...

This is lovely!

ksklein said...

The colors are fantastic and the bird is a great idea. very cute. i do hope the people will make them and send pics.

Claudine said...

Mithi these are great. I hope you will post and share anything else you may make for the wedding.

Tiara said...

i like how my invite says "they and their families" when I'm already your family :P

Vanessa said...

These are amazing. Let me know if you'd like to contribute a post to Etsy's Handmade Wedding series.
http://www.etsy.com/storque/search/tags/handmade-weddings/

Tiara said...

Oh btw, a friend that works at Etsy wants you to write something for their Handmade Weddings section. Maybe after the wedding?

Autonomous Artisans said...

My tweetie bird is made up and sitting on our mantelpiece. He has had lots of admiring glances.

A great way of inviting people. I am inspired to try and make my Hyperloop Hoops robot into a cardboard pattern to send out with the hoops.

pearl said...

gorgeous design! Love the little birdie!

So you got them professional printed?

clarabows said...

they're fab!!! I'm making my wedding invites this weekend and they'll be nowhere near as creative as this (left to last minute). Great idea

Adele said...

I just got home Thursday, and opened it. It's delightful! I love it :-) It's sitting on my windowsill, reminding me. You're so clever.

mrana said...

The birds are absolutely delightful! Am so happy for you :)

Lucy Anne Holmes said...

This is adorable xx

Ben Newman said...

Nice one, Mithi! The bird looks fantastic.

Maggie said...

Dear Mithi, you are just so talented. It's wonderful that you are sharing your creative journey with us. And I bet in the dim and distant future you will be glad to have this record of your years at college.

Best wishes from grey and muggy Liverpool,

Maggie

Camilla said...

I made mine up and then managed to step on it, so it's looking a bit sorry for itself now, but hopefully I can re-make it and get a photo for you!

chic said...

I absolutely love your wedding invitations - the cut-out bird is wonderful! And I love all your children's book illustrations , you are really talented!

S.

TweetMyWedding said...

I'm late to your post, but may I say I absolutely *adore* your wedding invite & little twitter bird! LOVE! I just tweeted about them!

ksklein said...

HI Mithi, I received one of your tweets. Wow.... they are lovely. I really really like the bright colors you used.
HOnestly, it will be hard to cut it up. It looks lovely just the way it is.

Wedding Invitations said...

This is inspired. Love it!