Category Archives: Party Invites

collaged up art used for party invites for various shindigs and events over the years.

Invitations in process and post / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

I kinda enjoy letting projects get outta hand (some call this “scope creep”) and what started as sending out a few dozen handmade announcement card packets has turned into at least 6 tranches of mailouts. The contents and packaging varied significantly as the batches were sent from different countries, using different printers (pro and home) and different iterations of items.

The (possibly) last batch was mailed from Japan – of course not in time for folks to book at trip but we are at the maximum size anyhow (93+ confirmed!) but importantly, i wanted to share the news and artifacts with as many people as possible in thanks for support and kindness.

Overall, 300+ packets mailed. Some will get lost in the mail (speaking from experience) but anyone who doesn’t receive a dossier in the post can create their own as desired, plus check out the pieces not in your packet. Of course, also assembling galleries of received invites “in situ” to wherever they end up in the world.

What follows is a compendium of evidence of various mailouts, post offices, envelopes, crafting sessions and related whatnots.

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RSVP card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

RSVP card designed and art’d by Ryoko (Fujita) Olson

Insta-pic / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Dave + Ryoko, Dec. 24, 2018, Nusa Ceningan
Dave + Ryoko, Dec. 24, 2018, Nusa Ceningan

Thank you for choosing to marry me. I will always be kind, sweet, supportive, creative, patient and close by your side.

Let’s begin!

Announcement storybook / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Announcement storybook, iteration 2, front
Announcement storybook, iteration 2, front

This wedding announcement card had a few purposes beyond inviting people to events. Notably to share our story and personality to groups of friends and family who didn’t know one another and didn’t know the other half of “us”.

Rather than a “regular” template designed scripty card or modern-ish version with a candid-esue photo and quirky yet rote design, we made something ourselves by hand, analog style. 

All traditional “rules” of design were broken except the ones about “telling a story” and “reflecting personality and culture”. Noting we mixed Japanese, English, images and art in creative ways to tell the story, rather direct duplicate translations. 

The result was 4 panel of truly mixed-media, each panel telling a different part of the story, in a unique way and laden with motifs of various kinds. Pieces used included: letraset run-off lettering (from 1970s), flowers/plants, all sorts of paper collage, watercolour pencils, shodu ink, stamps (postal and inky), stickers, doodles, ephemera and all the rest.

There were 2 iterations due to the use of fresh flowers in the design (which was scanned then printed) which crushed and wilted.

Announcement storybook, iteration 2, back

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Party Invitation Card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

design and art by Ryoko (Fujita) and Dave Olson

Ceremony Invitation Card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

design and art by Ryoko (Fujita) and Dave Olson

Letter to Friends / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Letter by Dave Olson, enclosed with (some) announcement invitation packet – featuring guest letterhead from Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Transport card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

transportation info card by Ryoko Fujita (Olson)

Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki / poster by JoRobot + Gamomo

Dave + Ryoko Kekkon-shiki / poster by JoRobot

Poster design by Joanna “JoBot” Ambrosio of Gamomo Creative Labs (from concept input and inspiration by daveo)

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Going Places in Okayama / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

> Shrine + Resto + Farm <

This dispatch shares the logistics of getting to and fro various important locations for the wedding festivities, specifically: Munetade Shrine, Fuyahei resto and Rural Caprine Farm goat farm by party via train and taxi. Also, the general plan about what to expect, when to show up and how to dress.

Plus an overview of activities to do with free time like museums (lots), hot springs, picnics, and day trips to Kurashiki (art and canals), Bizen (pottery and swords), Hiroshima (atomic bombs), and Kyoto (everything). Plus tips on staying in communication with all your new friends – both Japanese folks and the other 25 international radicals.

map from Seto station to Rural Caprine Farm