Have you guys heard of Ladyfingers Letterpress? They’re a Providence-based company specializing in one-of-a-kind, hand drawn letterpress wedding invitations, and ever since discovering them on 100 layer cake we’ve been absolutely obsessed with their work. Arley-Rose and Morgan are the design duo behind the fabulous creations, and it’s actually their immaculate wedding invitation suite (pictured above) that first captured our attention. The lovely ladies were sweet enough to chat with us about the catalyst that first inspired the creation of Ladyfingers, plus the creative influences that keep them going on a daily basis. Keep reading for those answers plus the details of this invitation suite, and be sure to head over to Ladyfingers for all their stunning work.
1. What inspired you to start Ladyfingers?
We got engaged in 2010 and although we already knew we would design and print our own invites, we were curious about what our invitations options would be as a same-sex couple. We did some research online and were a little saddened by the lack of stylish options for same-sex couples in the world of wedding stationery. We already had local notoriety for our own work as designers and printers, and thought we had something to offer a larger community of people who were looking for beautiful, original and quality work without being asked, “Who is the bride and who is the groom?”
2. Where do you find daily inspiration?
We tend to draw inspiration from unique juxtapositions that usually have nothing to do with paper or stationery. Our peers are experimental puppeteers, noise musicians, hot air balloonists, weirdo comedians, chicken ranchers, activists, inventors… generally people who are constantly experimenting with new ways to create things and shape the world around them. We’re surrounded by paper on a daily basis, so when we experience other materials that we can potentially integrate into our work – cotton bags, sheets of glitter, you name it – we get really excited.
3. What are your favorite trends in letterpress or typography?
We printed our wedding invitations in neon ink and it’s proven to be a very popular request among our clients, not to mention fluorescent edge painting never fails to delight. We’ve also been using our paintbrush a lot more frequently than our pen when it comes to type illustrations, which is always a lot of fun.
4. Who are the typography gurus who you admire?
Arley is a big fan of type designers Jessica Hische (who isn’t?) and Jeremy Mickel (sexiest type designer alive). Morgan is a fan of Anemone Letterpress and Cheree Berry.
5. How does Ladyfingers differ from other design & letterpress companies?
We find that the word ‘custom’ is used pretty loosely in our industry, and most of the time it means “pick a theme and we will write your names in the font you pick out from our limited menu of options.” As artists and designers, we look at each new job as a blank canvas – a fresh opportunity to create something original and truly personalized to fit the unique character of our clients. A very important part of our creative hearts would die if we had to design and print the same thing over and over.
Also, not many companies have the designer and letterpress printer work so closely together. Most places will have designs shipped without the designer ever seeing the finished product in person, or the printmaker ever meeting the designer. A key part of our business is having continuous oversight throughout all stages of the process to ensure that the vision and voice has been translated accurately from start to finish. You could say we’re control freaks (and you might be right), but in this case you want nothing less from a design and print team.
Every step of our process, from initial consultation to wrapping the finished invites in imported Italian ribbon and nestling them into their wooden boxes, is done with the skill, love and care that we would take with our very own invitations. Nothing we do is automated, which would indeed make things easier, but we’re not in the business of easy. We’re in the business of slow art, time-honored processes, and making sure things look GOOD every step of the way.
… Thanks, ladies! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out all of Ladyfingers’ designs!