Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Hollyhock Lane, a Wedding Stationery company which specialises in hand painted and illustrated wedding invitations.
All designs are hand drawn and illustrated in the owners home studio in Lewes, East Sussex on the English South coast.
I hand you over to Julie Annis to tell you about her gorgeous work…
Tell us a little about you, and what you do…
“I’m Julie and I’m the founder of Hollyhock Lane, a Wedding Stationery studio which specialises in hand painted and illustrated wedding invitations.”
What inspired your to start your Business?
“I actually studied fine art painting at Edinburgh College of Art back in the day, and after graduating, became a self taught graphic designer.”
“For 10 years or so, I worked with mostly corporate clients creating websites, logos, publications etc, and every now and then I got a chance to throw in an illustration into the design. But, it never quite cut the mustard.”
“I had a longing to work more creatively and put into use my illustration skills.”
“When I became pregnant with our daughter in 2012, I decided to start up the business – an idea I had been toying with for quite some time having designed our own wedding invitations and those of a couple of friends.”
“I realised it was the perfect way for me to combine my graphic design skills with my more creative artwork and I really believed I could offer something unique and special to the market that wasn’t already being offered.”
“Hollyhock Lane was born, along with a baby girl and I’ve juggled work and motherhood ever since.”
Tell us about your Stationery and the process…
“My vision has always been to create very special wedding stationery that couples love and cherish and that feels more like framable artwork than a throwaway invitation.”
“I’ve had several reports of guests sending photocopied reply slips back, as they didn’t want to give up a part of the actual matching invitation suite.”
“I want the stationery to be good enough to frame, and indeed, I know that’s exactly what many couples do with their invitations to keep as visual mementos of their big day.”
“I don’t use graphic computer generated images, everything is hand drawn or hand painted on real paper first.”
“I do however piece everything together digitally so that it can be sent on to my preferred printer to get printed professionally on lovely papers.”
“I have a selection of 23 ready to print and ‘off the shelf designs’ which can all be personalised to a couple’s requirements.”
“These usually take 2-3 weeks to turnaround and can even include a custom map in keeping with the design.”
“Each invitation has a matching suite of stationery including reply slips, save the dates, menus, seating plans, place cards etc.”
“I also do a bespoke service where I take on a limited selection of projects each year and custom create a set of wedding stationery especially for the couple.”
“This means I can devote my exclusive time to these couples, giving them special attention and creating completely unique artwork for them.”
“This often includes details such as hand painted couple portraits (and sometimes pets), venue illustrations, panoramic location paintings, maps, menus, hand painted flowers and foliage, brush letters and calligraphy as well as special print details such as gold foiling, fold out invitations with tear off reply slips, luxury papers, embossing and lined envelopes.”
“These jobs are always fun to be a part of, and result in beautiful and personal creations that I’m so proud of.”
“My bespoke service is currently fully booked for 2016 weddings, but I am taking orders for 2017.”
Future plans for the business…
“Well, I have another baby on the way, so some of my ambitions might need to hit pause.”
“But I’m longing to create a more extensive set of greetings cards, wall prints, personal stationery, house portraits and beautiful stationery for life’s other big events such as birth announcements, parties and new houses! Watch this space.”
I always get very excited over paper pretty, its wonderful when something beautiful comes through your letterbox with promises of lovely times ahead.
There are so many words you could use to describe Julies illustrated wedding invitations ~ luxurious, quirky, charming.
I really love how each invitation is like the couples own individual painting, and each one sent is like the gift of art to the guests, just amazing.
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