(photos via best of NJ, Anna Mae Dinio)
Beautiful, historic Prallsville Mill in Stockton, NJ is the remarkable setting for my cousin Wendell and his lovely fiance Patty's October wedding. Struck by it's history and inspired by feed and flour sack graphics, I couldn't help but do a bit of research.
(photos via flicker)
I had no idea that during WWII, the simple cotton fabrics used to package flour was often used by housewives to make clothing for their family. The manufacturers began seeing the marketing opportunity and started creating patterned sacks to lure the crafty housewives.
Although I am definitely intrigued by the patterns, I chose to focus on texutre and tones for this simple straightforward invitation.
A minimalist at heart, I found myself drawn to these images for inspiration.
I found actual flour sack towels and instead of rubber stamping, I tried letterpress printing the wedding icon ... and yes, it prints amazingly well! (hmmm, the possibilities!) Anyway, these fabric panels will then be sewn on by the bride herself. Postcard reply and direction insert will neatly tuck behind and be bound with cotton twill ribbon.
Below are some production shots. Final details to come...
This is completely different for me, so thank you Patty and Wendell for the unique inspiration and meaningful honor to create this for you. xoxo
photos via modern press