In today’s Supplier Spotlight we chat to the lovely and talented Emma from new bespoke design company ‘Oh My Pen & Press’. She will be making her debut at The Sefton Wedding Fair tomorrow (January 29th), so if you like what you see here, please do pop along and meet her in person!
In September 2016, Emma found herself on Miami Beach, becoming a bride to be. Once back on the Island, a chance meeting with an old teacher made her suddenly realise that she had become that once-promising art student who replied ‘yeah, I’m working in an office in Douglas…’
What followed were a few weeks of suppressing the feeling that the teacher may have had a (very big) point. The timing could not have been more fitting as she was beginning to plan her own wedding. With these two things in mind, Emma started to get the feeling that there may be a gap in the Manx market, where a contemporary design studio would fit nicely.
“I’d been researching invitations and stationery and everything I fell in love with seemed to be coming from the US. I was drawn to letterpress invitations with their simple and clean design and wonderfully thick paper. I began to get a little obsessed with paper and decided ‘I’ll make my own invitations!'”
As Emma’s interest grew, so did her thoughts of making this temporary bridal excitement a more permanent part of her life. Her research branched off into different areas. She taught herself modern calligraphy and ordered herself a letterpress.
Getting herself a pointed pen and an array of nibs, Emma had all the supplies she’d need to learn calligraphy and enrolled herself onto a course. “It’s occasionally a frustrating process and can take a lot of time. Luckily, the one area of my life where I have patience in abundance is when I’m being creative!”
“The watershed decision was to order my letterpress. It went from ‘I’m thinking I might do this…’ to ‘I’m definitely doing this!’ When the machine arrived, days before Christmas, I immediately applied for a table at the upcoming Sefton Wedding Fair and threw myself into making samples of my work.”
“My other half and I booked the 3rd of January off work; we just weren’t ready for the real world after the long weekend. In the end, I worked all day anyway printing my business cards!”
Emma’s business cards are two colour letterpress, on 500gsm paper. She says “I wanted people who receive my card to want to keep it, to take away an example of my work”.
In the weeks following Christmas, Emma has been working on producing suites of invitations and wedding stationery ready for exhibition at the fair, so she can launch her business to the Manx public properly.
“My website will be launched as of 29th January to coincide with the fair. Jeni of Jennifer Grose Design has worked tirelessly getting the site perfect for the day. Jeni has been great and I’m so excited to share it when it’s finished!”
Emma specialises in invitation design and production for all kinds of stationery, most notably weddings. Brides (and grooms, if they wish to get involved…) can choose from letterpress or illustration and print.
She also produces wedding signage, custom written vows, photo books, monogram design and says quite definitively on her website “if you can’t see what you’re after, just ask! I love a challenge!”
Emma is building an extensive catalogue of existing designs that couples can personalise with their own information. She offers a completely bespoke service where practically nothing is off limits! “If it can be drawn or painted on, it can be used!”
Contact Emma via Facebook, or through completing the contact form and questionnaire on her website as of 29th January. Her full details can be found here in our business directory