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Ophelia’s designer/father designed this invitation for her first birthday party to be a piece she could enjoy now and appreciate as a keepsake as she gets older. The tactile qualities of the letterpressed invitation will likely fascinate her toddler fingers now, while the hand-crafted piece can serve as a connection to analog as she grows up in an increasingly digital world. A thoughtful gift from a caring father. 



Ophelia Chow

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1 week

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5 × 7 in

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Crane's Lettra / Eccru White / 220 DTC

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Bodoni MT Ultra Bold
Snell Roundhand Black Script
Gotham Bold


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It was a remarkable year for me to see my daughter Ophelia grow. To celebrate her first birthday, and as a gift to Ophelia, I've designed a unique birthday party invitation for all her guests. I wanted to design a piece that she can hold on to as she got older, a piece where she can touch and feel the paper's thickness and texture, the type's deep impression, and her own profile from an analog, handcrafted, letterpress print—something that is not from a digital device.

Heather from Porchlight Press has done an exceptional job on matching the colours, getting Crane's Lettra Ecru White paper, and paying extra attention to the printing details, especially on the paper's edge-painting. And of course, Ophelia personally checked every print before they were sent out!

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This was my very first letterpress project, Porchlight Press has been very helpful through out the process. I've learned that finding the right printer is important, each printer has its own characteristic. I enjoyed visiting them and seeing their print samples.”

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Duncan Robertson

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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June 12, 2013


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