I was willing to spend a little more on letterpress (and it is a little more, though very worth it when you consider the artistry and time) but all I really knew was that I wanted letterpress and I wanted vaguely 1930s-inspired design. Somehow, Elana managed to create invitations that were EXACTLY what I wanted, from vague guidelines like "sort of Art Deco but not too Edward Gorey." She is unbelievably talented, patient, and flexible, and was so great about working and reworking multiple ideas and designs until it was exactly right. (She also invited us to visit her studio, where she demonstrated her press and even let my fiance try it out.)As a very nervous bride, she made me feel completely understood and ensured that I got precisely the invitations I envisioned. Perhaps most importantly, she accommodated my panic attacks about deadlines, timing, changing my mind--and handled all with grace and good humor. I can't recommend her highly enough.
Elana is a pleasure to work with. She’s flexible, creative and incredibly talented. She was able to turn a long list of ideas into a beautiful wedding suite. A truly gifted creative professional, Elana’s customer service skills compliment her aesthetic gifts.After sending our invitations out the phones began to ring. My family and I received dozens of calls from family and friends, women and men alike, exclaiming about how beautifully made, originally designed and perfectly presented the invitations were. Invitations set the tone for the wedding celebration to come, I can truly say Elana was able to capture the spirit of our wedding as we had described it to her. A true testament to the overwhelming appeal of our suite.The framed invitation suite now hangs in my home, highlighting a joyous occasion, but also displaying a piece of art. Elana now has a permanent place in our home and hearts!
At Spoon&Sailor Letterpress, we like to party like it’s 1899. This means that every single item that makes its way out the studio door is 100% handcrafted; all ink colors are custom mixed; each card that you receive is manually cut down to size on a turn of the century guillotine cutter; every one of your letterpress printed pieces has been hand-fed into a century old Chandler & Price platen press — often several times at that.
Spoon&Sailor specializes in custom printing projects from wedding suites, invitations and personal stationery, to limited edition artists’ prints and special projects. We delight in coming up with unique and memorable solutions for your personalized paper goods and are more than happy to handle all of the design work in-house or to collaborate with other artists and designers, ensuring that the detailed craft of our presswork brings your vision to fruition.
Elana Joy Wetzner is the captain of Spoon&Sailor. An award winning artist and designer from the great Northeast, Elana has been romantically involved with both words and letters for several decades and has been running the presses in dresses since 2003. True to her scholarly New England roots, she has collected both a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design as well as an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (with a Certificate in Collegiate Art instruction from Brown University to boot). In her less inky time, she is a typography, design and photography professor at several local colleges and universities. Her print work has been exhibited in California, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and France. She rides a red bicycle and would very much like a dog.