Marcie's PaperWheel Press post got me thinking about my favorite letterpress stationery shop, Mr. Boddington's Studio. The Boddington team's whimsical, colorful designs are so beautiful and fancy, and their painstaking process to make the perfect invitation is even more impressive.
Their Manhattan studio officially opened in May 2005, however, the concept of Mr. Boddington has been brewing in proprietor Rebecca Schmidt-Ruebensaal's head since her youth. The talented Boddington team is comprised of 12 members, including eight "worker-artist-bees" who rotate according to projects.
When asked what their crafty team couldn't live without? "We wouldn't dream of showing up to work without our precious glue sticks or coveted charcoal pencils. We have rulers, ribbon, and X-acto knives poking out of every pocket possible. And of course, never run out of cookies in the kitchen pantry!"
The studio works closely with Rohner Letterpress of Chicago—owners of 12 Heidelberg presses (some dating to 1959), and a Vandercook proof press. Rohner Letterpress uses polymer plates, which they make in house. They also process the film in house.
Getting married? Throwing a party? The invitation creative process begins with a client meeting. In their words: “The future Mr. and Mrs. Wonderful come by the studio. We boil a pot of tea and flip through our wedding albums, referencing our archive of artwork. We talk about ideas and inspiration, the individuals journey together, and wedding aspirations, picking up on idiosyncrasies and special cues that make each couple (and ultimately each invitation suite) so unique. We soak it all in and then begin designing.”
Check out their blog for past projects and inspiration.