Archive for the ‘Designer Profiles’ Category


Designer Profile: Lindsay Goss-Douglas

March 8, 2010

I have been waiting so so eagerly for Lindsay launch her Etsy store You&MeLove&Peace so I can share her creations with my readers!  Her work is one of a kind and so so so reasonably priced for the painstaking labor she puts into each piece!

Lindsay modeling one of her felt headbands

Felt and vintage button headband

Lindsay is a diverse crafter, creating products ranging from custom designed hairpieces and headbands, jewelry and cards.  I first saw her beautiful work when she made all of the boutonnieres and jewelry for her own wedding!

Beautiful felt bird boutinierre

Lindsay works with found objects such as vintage brooches and jewelry pieces as well as carefully selected fabrics and feathers to create her feminine, whimsical headbands.  (She also has one of the most amazing button stashes I’ve ever seen!) Lindsay also makes beautiful bird’s nest jewelry from twisted wire and different beads.  All of her bridesmaids wore them at her wedding.

Bird's nest earrings

She commits to doing the best in everything she does.  I can attest to this because I have seen Lindsay work.  In every task, from selecting thread color to painstakingly fingering through hundreds of buttons to find the perfect one, Lindsay’s love and commitment to her designs shines through in every piece.  Her value of quality is complimented by her beautiful faith in God that is so central to her life.  I love this girl, and her beautiful work reflects her radiant, beautiful heart.


Designer Profile: Dreamcatcher Studio

February 24, 2010

Dreamcatcher Studio is a Brooklyn based design team of best friends Lucyna and Kasia. Both designers have a fashion and textile design background (and are both FIT alumni).  

Inspiration images from Dreamcatcher Studio

Kasia from Dreamcatcher Studio writes about how she and Lucyna began their line:

“Our journey began with Lucyna’s preparations for her own wedding (she got married in Oct 2009). She always wanted a vintage looking wedding gown and accessories that will  have romantic feel with a bit of modern twist. We realized that there are not too many options for brides who like quality and originality, yet don’t have the budget to buy couture.

We collaborated on Lucy’s Dream wedding gown (that Kasia made) and spent a lot of time searching for  inspirations and perfect lace, fabrics and trims and fell really enamored with the whole process. We ended up with many ideas and obviously couldn’t use them all on one dress…so we started our bridal accessories line. We tend to gravitate towards vintage and things that we personally like.”

Beaded sashes by Dreamcatcher Studio

“Our design style gravitates towards vintage, girlie, Hollywood glam accessories that will help brides shine on that very special day.  We try to incorporate vintage re-purposed items such as brooches,  beading, appliques along fine contemporary materials to achieve this special antique look that many brides are searching for. We enjoy working on custom orders and have completed many for special brides all over the world.”

Beaded headbands and hairpieces by Dreamcatcher Studio

Check out more beautiful work: Dreamcatcher Studio’s Etsy, or Dreamcatcher Studio’s website


Designer Profile: Custom Design for Your Wedding- Kari K Design

February 18, 2010

Here is a write-up from Madison graphic designer and photographer Kari K about her design process in creating all the print material for an upcoming wedding. Kari does a variety of work with print materials—from graphic design to beautiful and affordable handmade books. Her exploration of the world of print and paper is truly inspiring, and her fun, yet precise work reflects her dedication to her craft. Check out her work for this wedding, and hire her for yours!

kari k design ::: blog ::: twitter ::: facebook ::: flickr

Kate & Caleb 7

“In October 2009, Kate and Caleb approached me to shoot their engagement photos and design a customized wedding package for their March 2010 wedding. They wanted an invitation design with a “shabby chic vibe” that would let them incorporate multiple photos of them from their engagement photo shoot. Along with a custom-designed invitation and RSVP postcard, they also requested a wedding program, illustrations of significant stories leading up to their wedding, table cards, name cards, napkin cards, menu cards and signage for the reception. Their wedding in early March 2010 will feature eclectic vintage and antique decor, with brown, gray, peach, ivory, and metallics as the main colors, along with chartreuse accents. My main inspiration was derived from a piece of decorative sheet music from the 1920s.

Since the wedding package was to include so many different pieces, I wanted to be sure to create a distinctive personal emblem to reinforce the atmosphere of their wedding and add richness to even the most mundane signs—”bathroom is up the stairs, to the right.”

Kate & Caleb Invitation-Wax Seal Cover

The invitation was key in kicking off the event, so it got a lot of attention. Prominently featured on the cover of the invitation is their customized emblem stamped into a gold wax seal that contrasted with the smooth, chocolate brown paper. This booklet-style invitation allowed them room for the invitation, information for the guests, and two full-page photos from their shoot. The hand-binding added an extra personal touch. Their RSVP postcard featured another photo of them from their shoot and tucked neatly inside the envelope, along with the invitation. Not only do they have distinctive wedding invitations, their custom wax stamp is now theirs to use and enjoy for as long as they like.

Kate & Caleb RSVP Card Emblem

To save time and money on printed materials, they created a wedding website that gave the guests more information about the wedding party, maps and directions to the ceremony, and an option to RSVP without going to the post office or buying a stamp. This simplified the process for both the guests and those involved in coordinating the wedding. Also, because they had their entire wedding package designed and produced by the same designer, they ended up with an elegant, personalized, consistent look and saved them the hassle of going through multiple vendors for their printed materials.”

– Kari K

Kate & Caleb Illustration Snippets

See more photos on kari k design’s flickr photostream.


Designer Profile: Kara Ginther Custom Leather Work

February 5, 2010

Since my wedding planning is lacking a wedding planner, I was sure to budget for gifts to give to everyone who ends up helping Joe and I pull off our wedding.  Recently I was brainstorming about what kind of gifts I could give that would be useful, beautiful and unique. I am hoping to commission some projects from Madison artist Kara Ginther.  Kara does amazing custom leather work- carving and painting a variety of objects.

Kara is a thoughtful designer, drawing much of her inspiration from the Midwest itself.  She has done custom work on found items such as bags, shoes and belts but has recently gotten a lot of press for her work on Brooks saddles.  She has also launched an Etsy shop where she takes commissions for custom work and also has beautiful items for sale.  We’re brainstorming ideas right now, more images later when we make decisions.

Read an interview with Kara from To Be Inspired.