Wow it's been a while since I've written a post but I've gained a ton of inspiration since my last one!
I was lucky enough to have travelled to some inspiring places in the last few months and be completely blown away by the beauty of them (Kyoto, Osaka, Paris, Mykonos, Ibiza, Château de Gudanes and Barcelona to name a few) but one thing remained constant: I still find myself incredibly blessed to be living in Melbourne. Hence I've been working on a new collection of designs inspired by this amazing city.
The eccentrics of Fitzroy, the swag of Brunswick, the bohemians of St Kilda, the diversity of Melbourne, the superlative coffee and design culture, the wit of Melburnians - I'm loving it all and absorbing this into my designs. It is more graphics based and definitely a lot different from what I've been doing in the past. Most of these designs will be available on Etsy for you to purchase and make it your own. If you have any ideas that you'd like to suggest, please feel free to drop me a line!
I love art. I know that's a massively vague statement but I absolutely and utterly love art and all that art is. Fine arts, theatre, music, literature - I love it all. I’ve loved art since I was a child and I studied one year of fine arts in university before deciding that it wasn’t for me career-wise.
What’s the difference between art and design? My interpretation is that basically art is something creative you do for yourself and design is being creative for someone else. As much as I enjoy being a designer and working to briefs, I believe I am also an artist at heart.
One of my biggest goals this year is to add more art into my design work. I want to include some of my own paintings, drawings and patterns into my designs and create something that is a mixture of art and design. A trend that I’ve seen come up and really love is that of abstract shards. Have you seen the hand painted cakes of late? They are visually stunning!
Isn't it amazing how creative some people are? Who would've thought replicating brush strokes onto a cake would turn out so exquisite and beautiful!
I decided to do some more research into abstract shards and created a mood board for my own play at abstract art.
What do you guys think? Are you loving this trend as much as I am?
I am incredibly excited that Louise and Brent's travel themed invitation suite was chosen to be one of the twelve featured invitations in the Easy Weddings article '12 wedding invitations that will make you want to invite everyone!'. It's an absolute honour to be placed alongside the other eleven talented creative businesses!
I wrote a post on the concept and design a while back if you'd like to find out more about it.
I simply can't get enough of bold florals on dark backgrounds. Have you seen the stunning floral wallpapers of late? Gone are the days of the cottage chic Chantilly styles and hello to in-your-face wall murals.
A particular favourite of mine is Dark Floral II Black Saturated wallpaper by Ellie Cashman Design.
So bold and simply breathtaking.
Feeling inspired by this, I have decided to design a collection based on moody florals mixed with my personal favourite, geometrics. I'm super excited for this collection as it resembles my personal design style more than most of my previous designs.
These are the first two designs for an invitation and wishing well:
I will be posting more designs in due time!
If this style is something you love too, drop me a line! I would love to design a suite like this for your wedding!
The wishing well is one of those topics that always comes up in my consultations with my clients. I know there are couples that feel very uncomfortable asking their guests for money instead of presents. The act of giving and receiving money is still taboo in some respects mainly because we associate this with charity funds. However couples moving in together before marriage is becoming very popular in our modern world and add in the fact that renovating and styling your own place is now an exciting activity (i.e. The Block style) there really is no need for unnecessary household gifts anymore.
While the main point of having a wedding is to celebrate and share your marriage with your loved ones, everyone knows that an awesome party costs money. Unless you live a Gatsby life, weddings usually mean credit card debt and perhaps even loans. Hence having a budget and spending within your means. Even though most wishing well poems will have something along the lines of "your presence is present enough" we all know that at the end of the day, if you host a wedding celebration you can expect that your guests will bring something with them whether it's a present or money in a card. This is just wedding etiquette passed on from generations.
In my opinion the best way to work out this dilemma is to honestly figure out what you would like to receive on your wedding day. Unless you imply a very strict no presents rule, it's better to have your guests give you something you would want and use rather than a shed full of useless items that you will probably re-gift later on. If you prefer to have cash over anything else then by all means use a wishing well. The fact is that your guests are probably quite close to you and will understand your request. This will also free up their time of looking for a gift for you.
If having a wishing well is not your thing (and that's completely fine) I think a gift registry is a great option where you can choose what items you would like and control how much your guests spend. Most department stores and specialty stores have gift registries so you can choose to your heart's desire. It's sort of a win-win situation for everyone.
Another option is going digital through Envelope Registry. It takes the awkwardness out of asking for money and is a great concept!
In conclusion I don't think the wishing well is a terrible thing. It saves your guests a lot of time and wasted money. You can be creative with the text on the wishing well making it a fun thing rather than an awkward request!
Get ready to see a lot of blue-based purple trending in 2018. Pantone has released their colour of the year as 18-3838 Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone website this colour is "A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future."
Purple is such a unique colour that it will definitely add individuality to designed items. Last year's colour Greenery added some much needed freshness and nature into our lives and I believe that the bold Ultra Violet will allow us the freedom to be more expressive creatively.
In celebration of Ultra Violet I have designed three invitation suites based on it. These are available for order and customising if you'd like to use Ultra Violet as your wedding theme!
But first, here's my purple inspired mood board (you all know my love of them!):
Florals! I combined my love of florals and geometry to get this design. This suite can have a floral pattern printed on the back of the invitations.
Minimal and crisp for the white space lovers out there!
Mixing it up a bit with contemporary and abstract patterns.
If you're interested in any of these designs or have any enquiries, please feel free to drop me a message!
I hope Ultra Violet adds some creativity and inspiration to your life this year!
Wow what a year it has been! There were many highs as well as lows, struggles as well as success and so much terror happening in the world that it's easy to lose faith. There will always be challenges and obstacles that block you from getting where you want to be but if you face them head-on you will come out much smarter and stronger. 2017 was a challenging but successful year however I am more than ready to welcome 2018!
I'm guilty (!) of not writing on here as much because I've been working on my styling portfolio. I am really loving editorial styling and improving my photography compositions. My plan for 2018 is to bring my love of art, design and styling together to create a super-house of pretty things! There are a number of collaborations planned which I'm so excited for!
I will still be designing invitations and taking on bespoke requests so feel free to contact me if you'd like anything custom designed. I would like to say a huge thank you to my beautiful clients this year especially for being patient with my time constraints. You are the reason I love my work! I got the chance to meet and work with a lot of awesome and talented people this year for which I'm very thankful. I wish you all a wonderful and safe new year and I look forward to catching up in 2018!
Here's a snapshot of some of the styling & photography I've been working on!
Although I am sad to see winter go, I am more than happy to welcome the freshness of Spring!
Pantone have released their Top 10 colours for Spring 2017 and I am loving each one of them!
I love the brights Primrose Yellow, Flame and Pink Yarrow which so vividly remind me of fresh flowers, sunshine and long days.
The three blues Niagara, Island Paradise and Lapis Blue make an absolute stunning collection. I love, love, love! These hues have a calming and peaceful effect and are reminiscent of days spent relaxing by the pristine clear oceans in Koh Samui.
If you're having a wedding in Spring, there are hundreds of beautiful colour combinations you can achieve from this selection!
I hope this colour palette offers you some inspiration and Spring cheer!
Krystal and Natt's wedding was a Spring vintage-inspired affair. Their wedding was held at The Substation in Newport, Victoria - An amazing space that reminds me of a cool industrial warehouse. (Think exposed bricks, wooden floors, very high ceilings, large windows and light-filled rooms).
The invitation set I designed for them was a combination of two of my previous designs integrated. They loved elements from both designs so I combined parts of each and used a new typography combination to personalise theirs.
The result was a design that represented Krystal and Natt perfectly. I love their Wishing Well photo as I think it's super cute and it shows their personality!
I also designed an Order of Service handout and some wedding signage as well.
These are examples of extra items that can contribute to keeping the theme consistent for your wedding.
What a hectic first half of the year it has been!
I'm not sure what possessed me to work and study full time, but I'm glad I survived and now have a Diploma in Styling (yay!). Going back to school was an interesting experience and helped refresh my design skills. It also made me better at time management since I had an assignment due almost every week. Through all the stress and sleepless nights I'm really glad to have gone through with it as I now have a new set of practices and processes to get to my design solutions. Having said that, I won't be rushing to enrol into other courses any time soon!
One of the components I really enjoyed doing was mood boarding. It's a fun way to get ideas across visually and in a captivating way.
Next time you get stuck for ideas or want a bit of inspiration, I suggest creating a mood board. Just start cutting up pictures from magazines or log onto Pinterest to collect some images. The results could surprise you!
Cass is the owner and designer of The Hello Bureau. A lover of visually pleasing aesthetics and a tea and coffee enthusiast. She has a BA in Graphic Design and a diploma in Styling. Besides designing Cass is interested in product and editorial styling for photography.
When Cass isn't doing arty stuff she enjoys reading paperback books, hosting tea parties, attempting to cook for friends and exploring places.
She resides in Melbourne, Australia with her furball partner in crime Mister Watson.
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