Gwen Barba started Concarta Studio in 2010 to offer paper sculpture and decorative object design for custom clients. Her designs are pleasingly clean and fresh with added elements like watercolor to enhance her paper-cutting skills.
Cake toppers, art, display pieces are among the various types of creations she provides to her clients. Contact Concarta for a custom commission.
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The bride, Caitlin Watson Boyes, and her mother teamed up to create these fantastically-large paper flowers for her wedding in California last July. Such incredible creations -- and the scale! They used butcher paper and spent months creating these beautiful blooms that covered the reception area. Photos by Jessica Peterson.
So thrilled with the images from Emily and Marco's wedding at Wave Hill, which is now featured in the 2014 Martha Stewart Real Weddings special issue. It was the result of a lot of hard work by a great team, listed below.
Paperfinger contributed all the calligraphy for print and individual paper goods, as designed and produced by the superb Katie of Katie Fischer Design. You can see the calligraphy invitation suite pictured in the magazine's spread below. It was letterpressed and then each piece hand-painted with a light wash of watercolor by Katie.
This lay drying on a spread of magazines in the studio this week. I feel grateful for the time I spend transcribing a poem like this -- it's the best way to meditate on the words, writing them slowly and carefully. The complete poem text by Maya Angelou is below.
Touched by an Angel
We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life.
Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love's light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.
Visit the shop page for information on my transcription offering for poems, letters or any words of your choice, starts at $125.
Sierra & Juliet (the Poppies & Posies team) kept it simple, but of course it was elegant and dreamy. They sourced all the flowers on site and added these beautiful blue tablecloths to highlight the gold place cards and brilliant bougainvillea blossoms. And I wrote the calligraphy for all the guest names.
All photography by Jen Huang.
This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.
Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.
It called for a unique invitation -- less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone's anticipation for the special trip.
Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named "A Field Guide." It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.
The invitation elements:
- Invitation -- gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
- Map of the region -- hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
- Mini compass
- Route details -- a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa
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- Field Notes pencil
- Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide -- letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
- Blank pocket notebook -- illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
- Tropical spice rub -- seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff
All photography by Jen Huang.
This custom invitation suite was such an exciting process. We were able to combine two printing methods: gold foil for the hand-drawn floret pattern and ivory engraving for the text of the invitation and reply card. So happy with how these came out and excited to now be offering them as a part of our invitation collection.
We created invitations and illustrated table signs for Eve & Nick's wedding on the rooftop terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Great to see it featured on Style Me Pretty this past November! You can view the full gallery there.
Eve writes: "A brunch-themed cocktail hour included egg and cheese crostini, french toast bites, and mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys. In lieu of table numbers, we assigned each table a New York City landmark, illustrated and calligraphed by Paperfinger, who also designed our invitations. We set locations based on the guests seated at each table — for example, we sat at the Museum of Natural History table, the New York landmark where we got engaged, and in a winking nod to our sense of humor, we sat the groom’s high school friends, all native New Yorkers, at the Times Square table."
This was one of my favorite new additions to our invitation collection: two variations on the oval watercolor theme, both with custom calligraphy for the full text of the invitation. The menu design mirrors the angled writing as can any other pieces in the invitation suite. This suite was featured in a shoot at the Brooklyn Grange.
This suite with reply card and envelopes starts at $1290 for 100 invitations. Receive a full sample set for $5.