Our process for creating bespoke, personal stationery is much the same as creating a brand identity.
Once commissioned, our clients are brought through a series of interviews and questions similar to what is used in branding research. This investigation discovers the core visual representation of who you are and how you wish to be perceived. Remember, when someone receives a note, calling card, or letter from you, you have one shot to make that perfect impression. We look at a lot of reference material, historic and contemporary. We talk a whole lot, and/or we exchange emails sharing photos and images from the environment, museums, magazines, blogs, etc.
We look at loads and loads of colors for the ink engraved onto a client’s stationery. All ink but black is mixed by hand and to eye, matching as closely as possible a target color. Target colors are usually paint chips, clippings from bits and pieces found in the environment, and some commercial color matching systems.
In terms of papers, while we keep in stock only one—#9 Onion Skin, photograph at right—we also work with super-thick, 100% Cotton Museum Board. Of course, for everyday correspondence, we recommend the gorgeous, Alpha Cellulose, smooth writing papers that Mrs. Collins uses herself.
We counsel clients to understand that ours is considered a slow industry. Similar to the slow food industry. Think of what we do as slow stationery. Patience with us is a virtue.
What we do involves hours of hand labor and little is automated. Small variances in print quality and eccentricities in general are to be expected.
To commission your own engraved stationery, and for current pricing, have a look HERE.