Today we’re delighted to feature the adorable Jean Orlebeke of eieio papers! We love Jean’s designs because she has a totally unique style, and her collection stands out with it’s embellished and geometric flare. Not only did eieio come up with these awesome designs for our holiday collection this year, but she also designed a few of our most popular wedding invitations! Check out her shop of prints here and scroll down for a holiday giveaway!
What inspired your design for the holiday collection?
To get in the holiday mood I put the sound track for Charlie Brown’s Christmas on and chose a few eieio ‘classic’ wraps to translate into cards. Usually I try to design wraps that are more embellished or festive than the rest of the eieio designs. I typically don’t use classic holiday color palettes, as my customers are small shops, and want the wrap to work in January as well. Instead I add a metallic ink, a gloss varnish or draw a motif that is ornate. I had so much fun re-coloring some of my favorite designs into classic holiday colors.
What are you currently working on?
My work is around 70% branding and identity. Right now I am working on two new identity projects: a perfume label and a film festival. I’m also working on some textile designs and the interface for an educational Earth Sciences product.
What influences your style the most?
Modern sculpture, natural forms, fiber art.
What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
My family’s Christmas Eve casual dinner. My mother always made a big buffet, which included everyone’s favorites. We would make up our plates (several times) and eat sitting around the fireplace. Before we went to bed we had a funny ritual that my dad would tape each year: each of us would enter the room doing silly improv dances and make a grandiose presentation of hanging our stockings up on the fireplace. My mom’s was always the most dramatic performance. She would hang up a thigh-hi stocking — which in our family was a punchline that never got old.
Best holiday memory?
I always wanted a cat when I was growing up and on one Christmas Eve (I was 13), as I walked through the kitchen I saw a tiny gray paw reaching out from under the basement door. My parents were planning to give her to me on Christmas morning, but there was no way that little kitty was going to spend the night in the cold basement alone!
To enter to win a 2 boxes of Hello!Lucky letterpress holiday cards, leave a comment below telling us your favorite foods to eat during the holidays. We will choose a winner on Monday November 14th at 12:00pm. Good luck!
**A winner has been chosen! Thanks for participating!**