I’ve lived in Oregon since I was nine years old. My husband and I moved back this past summer after a four year sojourn in Washington state for college, and while both states are fairly similar, there’s some things about Oregon that never cease to amaze me. The variation in landscape, climate, and culture, the grandiosity of places like Haystack Rock and Crater Lake, and the quietness of a farm, forest, or creek—no matter where I go here, there’s a sense of history, time and wisdom, and I’m humbled.
This shoot on the Oregon Coast was a great experience to have after moving back home. Not only was it a chance to work with some talented local creatives, but it also was a way to embrace Oregon again.
The stationery for this shoot was heavily inspired by the textures, sounds, and air of the Oregon Coast. Rock, sand, deep grey water, the bite of the wind as it snaps against your cheek—I wanted it to have all the rawness of the coastline. To capture that feeling, several variations of handmade paper were used. We opted for a full calligraphy invite, avoiding any typefaces or digital graphcis, giving the suite a truly handcrafted feel. The main invitation and response card came alongside a vellum overlay with a poem written in white calligraphy.
The suite was tied together with a soft blue hand-dyed crinkle ribbon. Envelopes had full calligraphy addressing on top of a muted metallic wash, and vintage postage to match.