Studio tour: Foxy & Winston

Name: Jane Buck
Location:
Brooklyn NY
Company:
Foxy & Winston

What is your aesthetic? Cheery, colorful illustrations hand screen-printed in richly saturated silhouettes onto stationery, announcements and invitations, apparel and home wares. I use 100% post consumer recycled paper goods, water based paints and 100% Organic apparel.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Well, its all business in the studio at the back of the shop; no frills, just shelves, books, paints (much of it up the walls and all over the floor!) and paper, so I suppose that would convey my more serious, industrious side behind the scenes. However the front of shop, where I don my shopkeepers hat is another story, a riot of color and inspiration and – perfect for chatting with customers and meeting with custom clients.

Favorite part of your studio?
The Shopfront, it has the most beautiful mirrored Victorian dresser which makes the perfect showcase for all of my stationery, framed prints and apparel, also the shop window where my recently adopted rescue Beagle “Hope” sits on her bed of roses!

Where do you go for inspiration?
I often take walks around the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and visit the zoo’s of New York. I get a lot of inspiration watching the wildlife specials of Sir David Attenborough, other than that I collect National Audubon Society field guides to all things nature; seashells,mushrooms,wild flowers, insects and birds they help me a lot with my designs, along with textile books old and new.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? There are many but I am a stickler for a super hard edged squeegee for printing fine paper goods.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I’d love a new digital drawing tablet my old one’s worn out, but more than anything I’d adore a proper chair to draw at after 5 years of sitting on a diner chair!

Anything else we should know? Not many people know that I offer both silkscreen AND letterpress printed fully custom wedding invitations, announcements and stationery. Also that Foxy & Winston are actually my lovely parents who live in Norfolk, England.

[images from Foxy & Winston]

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New Oscar & Emma site!

I’m so happy to announce Oscar & Emma‘s newly relaunched website!  Definitely take a look, there’s so much to see, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the invitations designed for Meredith & Patrick’s wedding…take a look at some of the pieces from the suite below.  The design worked itself into everything including the cake and decor!  Congrats Karly!

[images from Oscar & Emma]

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 22]

Hey there Brooklyn Briders! It’s good to be back. In continuing the theme of my last post here, I wanted to highlight a few more invitation sets I discovered at the National Stationery Show. I often have couples sit down for an appointment In the bridal lounge at Urbanic and say to me, “We really want something special and unique and please, NO FLOWERS”. I thought the below two collections from Saima Says were nice alternatives…

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Minted challenge

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I’m judging the latest Minted Design Challenge with the ladies of 100LC for kickass for breakout wedding invitations.  With over 500 entries, I’ve picked my favorites here, but need some help narrowing it down to 1. I was looking for interesting layouts, clever takes on traditional invites, quirky details, and ultimately for an invitation that I wouldn’t mind using myself.  It looks like I’ve got a major affinity towards “+” signs rather than “&”!!  Which out of these are your favs? above: Better Together

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I loved Simple Striped (thought I’d love to see it in something other than pink…green perhaps?) and the modernity of Green Love.

left: Simply Striped,  right: Green Love

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The layout of this invite was very appealing to me because its something you don’t see all the time.  above: Mr. & Mrs.

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I loved the simplicity of Love Struck, and the modern interpretation of traditional Dutch designs in Folk Frame.

left: Love Struck, right: Folk Frame

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This one was completely clever and just made me smile!

above: Picture perfect

[images from Minted]

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Studio Tour: Smock

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Name: Amy Graham Stigler
Location: Wisconsin
Company: Smock

What is your aesthetic? Classic with a modern edge. With a good amount of vintage quirkiness thrown in.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Its a true mix – modern, vintage, classic, playful, formal, organic, stylized…which is what I hope to convey in the Smock collection. I just can’t commit to one look…it must be the art historian in me.

Favorite part of your studio? My showroom…because its filled with great windows and light. And Smock products. And there is a tiny balcony, which I adore.

Where do you go for inspiration? My “library”  which is a walk-in closet at my studio filled with books and miscellaneous ephemera. I also frequent flea markets and thrift stores (in order to replenish my library) and any and all museums. And my morning runs always leave me feeling inspired. Especially if I am in the woods.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My Mac and my ultra fine black sharpies.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A full time assistant would be nice.

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[images from Smock]

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