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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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Address stamps / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Important steps include matching postal return address stamps. To be delivered shortly. 

Test proof of rubber ink stamps for return address featuring Ryoko’s new name and Dave’s new address

 

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

Step thru, to another side. Not saying better, worse…

Step thru, to another side. Not saying better, worse or whatever, but times change and time changes, thus making forward momentum mostly mandatory.

Train, deconstructed (at decommissioned Taisha Station, Shimane)

Train (olden), deconstructed, at decommissioned Taisha Station, Shimane

 

Items, assembled: friendly cards (featuring typewriters)

These ain’t cards for business, these are strictly pleasure for those i meet and/or call upon. It’s a club, or a confederation of associated renegades of sorts.

This batch are printed on water colour paper via inkjet, hand cut (lovingly) and inky stamped (stamps assorted).

The photos featured include: making cards, writing letters and postcards, materials used for making such – including watercolours, typewriters, postcards, scissors, pens, stamps and stationery. It’s all very recursive – or #meta – so to speak.

Noble and Legendary Typewriters: as evidenced at The Beat Museum

Noble and Legendary Typewriters, as evidenced at The Beat Museum, North Beach, San Francisco, Republic of California.

Scrapbook: ephemera assembled in leather bound with delicious paper…

Journal: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / ephemera (leather bound from Pete Word)
Scrapbook: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / ephemera (leather bound from Pete Word)

Did I mention I love making scrapbooks? Scissors and glue and (miscellaneous & travel-related mostly) ephemera assembled into handmade journals with delicious paper to create a story of sorts. I have stacks of these documented in this archive for my reference and your amusement.

Scrapbook: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / Japan ephemera (page detail)
Scrapbook: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / Japan ephemera (page detail)
Scrapbook: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / Okayama + Adelaide ephemera (page detail)
Scrapbook: Gabriola > Japan > Australia, 2015 / Okayama + Adelaide ephemera (page detail)

Self-portrait, with cheese / mixed media collage

Self portrait with cheese 8x10 mixed media

Self portrait, with cheese
collage / mixed-media
1993, Rhodt, Germany