Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kemba Celebrations

Today I am happy to feature the culturally inspired stationery of Kemba Celebrations. They offer standard collections but also offer exquisite custom designed stationery to reflect the culture and traditions of the couple. Kemba has stopped by today to share her work.
Lemiga: What services does Kemba Celebrations provide?

Kemba: Kemba Celebrations creates cultural and theme invitations and stationery. In addition to custom design and printing we also offer an exclusive letterpress invitation line based on cultures from around the world that allows couples to customize inks, paper colors and matching reception designs.
Lemiga: How did you get started in the stationery business?

Kemba: We run a marketing design and copy writing business and one of our clients and a dear friend was getting married. She couldn't find any thing she liked in the stationery books, so my husband and I volunteered to design her invitations and stationery.

Well, we ended up branding her Persian wedding: designing a wedding logo, translating phrases into farsi (the native language of Persia) and developing everything from the save- the-dates to the thank you cards. And in the process we got completely hooked. We realized there wasn’t a lot out there for brides looking to celebrate their heritage in an elegant, distinctive way. And Kemba Celebrations was born.
Lemiga: What makes Kemba Celebrations different from other stationers?

Kemba: We are distinctive in a couple ways, in what we design and how we do it. We help brides celebrate their heritage or cultural and theme interests through design. So whether custom or not, our designs involve lots of research. We look at decorative arts, textiles and architecture of the cultures we are designing in.

Plus we love color and dimension. So even when flat printing that dimension comes through with custom illustrations that often involve intricate patterns. The results are unique pieces that guests have not seen before.

Lemiga: What has been your favorite invitation to design?

Kemba: Each of our designs has been fun in some different way. But for pure sentimentality our first design for our friend’s Persian wedding has been our favorite. We just loved the collaborative process of working with the couple and interpreting traditional Persian tile design into a stationery suite. And the excited feedback, even from her relatives in Iran, was great.
Lemiga: What new products or trends will you be introducing for 2009?

Kemba: We are working on a new line using decorative paper from around the world, ribbons and diecut shapes to create unique stationery for cultural, destination and theme weddings, like beach weddings. We are also looking to make our letterpress designs available as flat printed pieces.

Plus we want to be a resource for information on stationery, and cultural and theme celebrations. So we are looking to offer more articles and advice on our site in coming months.

Thanks for stopping by today Kemba. I'm so looking forward to seeing your new designs!

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