Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Why Wedding Stationery and Other Things!

I've been blogging for a few months now ... and I realised I haven't really introduced myself or Knots & Kisses properly! I thought my readers may like to know who I am , why I set up Knots & Kisses and what we do here. So here goes ... I apologise if I bore anyone!


So this is me! As you can see above I hate having my photo taken! I'm originally from a village called Kingsbury, near Birmingham but I moved down to the lovely town of Epsom in Surrey in 1996 to study a degree in Fashion Promotion & Illustration, and haven't moved back 'up north', as my friends put it, since.
I'm now based in Essex, after meeting my lovely Other Half at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 2006.

I am obsessed with all things vintage ... old metal coffee shop signs, vintage jewellery, 1920's corsets, antlers ... pretty much anything. This has always inspired my artwork and has gone on to inspire the wedding stationery here at Knots & Kisses.


I worked for many years as a Visual Merchandiser in various high street stores, but always felt I was wasting my life a little bit and my creative talents. So in 2005, after a family tragedy, I decided to go travelling on my own for a year ... and visited Australia and South East Asia. When I got back I took a 'normal' job for a while but soon realised that what I needed to do was set up my own business.

I had previously styled and designed my sister's wedding, producing handmade invitations, thank you cards, menus ... it was a country style wedding based on thistles and lavender, and I handpainted pebbles for peoples place cards and wrapped raffia and lavender around the napkins for the tables.
I had also helped a few work colleagues by making their wedding stationery while I was a Visual Merchandiser, and for some reason I was passionate about Wedding Design!

In 2009 a friend asked me to help her with her wedding stationery and this was the catalyst for me quitting work and setting up Knots & Kisses full time. Her wedding was in a theatre and was very dramatic so I designed pockets to fit theatre ticket style invitations in, and also produced a handpainted art deco style table plan for them.



I'm happy to say Knots & Kisses is going from strength to strength, and I absolutely love handmaking peoples wedding stationery. There is nothing better than working with a couple to produce a look for their special day, and then receiving a letter afterwards saying what an amazing day they had and how pleased they were with the stationery!
We know have a 7 ranges on the website www.knotsandkisses.co.uk , plus a new range in the pipeline very soon. Plus we obviously also offer a bespoke service .. in which I'm still exceptionally flexible in what I can create! If you want bunting or favour labels to match your stationery .. or pebbles as placecards .. then that of course can be accommodated. I'm passionate about getting the whole look of a wedding just right.


3 comments:

  1. Really interesting to hear what led to you starting up Knots and Kisses and I love the theatrical design of your friends wedding stationary, really eye catching!

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  2. Lovely to learn more about you & how Knots & Kisses started.
    love
    Alison
    x

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  3. Really lovely blog and interesting to read. Love your work, really original ideas!

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