Pocket Invitation Number 1

Shown here: pocket folder with invitation attached; four insert cards: rsvp, directions, brunch, evening party; tab on flap shown upper left, rsvp envelope lower left.

This is the first pocket invitation set I designed. As I was the customer, I made it a rather complex project. This included using for the first time a letterpress printing set that I got in the spring, a small model that sits on the table. I lettered the text, drew the border, and had a plate made to use with this press. I found that applying the ink takes practice. I love the look of the impression in the paper. I used that for the invitation cards, which were adhered to the folder. The other items also used my lettering and design, but were printed by a commercial invitation printer, http://www.phdcalligraphy.cceasy.com/. I was wise enough to know I wouldn’t have time to hand-press each item. They were then all assembled, some of them using more insert cards that others, depending on whether they were out-of-town guests or not, and put into the envelopes which we addressed using our computer printer. It was a great learning experience, and a pleasure to create.


The invitation season has begun. I had a great session with a customer–the whole family–for a bat mitzvah invitation. The photo shows the table with all the materials we referred to for this project. It is always a fascinating process which is at first overwhelming, but the preferences become clear soon enough.

While I work with customers all over the country, thanks to the internet, phone and mail, it is great to meet in person. I’m glad to be able to offer this to those in the Greenfield-Shelburne Falls-Amherst-Northampton area, as well as to those in Western Mass., Connecticut and Vermont who are able to travel here.

Invitation albums set out for browsing

Pocket Invitations

Pocket invitations are so appealing, providing a neat packet which holds the invitation on one side and all of the smaller insert cards of an invitation sets in a pocket on the other side. This packet goes into an outer mailing envelope. Pricing will vary depending on how many cards there are in the set and whether or not I provide original art for it. $600-1200 would be an approximate price range for 100 invitation sets with this pocket format depending on the choices you make.


Pocket album open on lower left; pocket invitation I produced this summer on right.

Full-color Invitation Designs

I’m enjoying creating full-color invitations that are moderately-priced. One of the printers I use now offers full-color digital printing on two sides of a card, and my customers are making good use of this option. This is a new design I created using a watercolor illustration of a tallis. If you’re looking for invitations, look at my website to see examples of ones I’ve created. Then contact me to talk over your ideas.

Click on the link to Peggy H. Davis Calligraphy in the right margin.

Lunch box/Bento box–Found!

My sister gave me a stainless steel bento box when my son was young. I think she got it in Taiwan when she was studying T’ai Chi there. A bento box is a single container or one divided into sections for carrying a meal, used in Japan and other countries. When he started preschool, it was used daily for his lunches. That pleased me, as I was always searching for non-plastic alternatives for food containers. Later, with two children, I looked for another one. I found other parents with similar concerns who had started websites about healthy lunches and containers (http://www.laptoplunches.com). I found out that the term bento box is used as a metaphor as well, for something with varied content, and more. However, no one had these stainless steel boxes.

In the meantime I did find reusable sandwich bags by SnackTaxi (http://www.snacktaxi.com) in the Linden Hills food co-op in Minneapolis, where I used to shop when I lived in an apartment near Lake Harriet. To my surprise, I found that the creators of these easy-to-clean bags are in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, not far from where I live now. We bought some, and they are useful. But I was still looking for those stainless steel boxes.

Fourteen years later, I walked into Green Fields Market, our local cooperative grocery store, and there on the shelf was not only a very similar box, but it came with a smaller container as well (http://www.ECOlunchboxes.com!) I felt like telling everyone around me how exciting this was, but I only let it bubble over a little when I got to the cashier. She smiled.

Lunch containers

Crafts of Colrain Summer Fair

Peggy H. Davis Calligraphy will be showing and selling work along with other Crafts of Colrain artists at this Summer Fair. It’s a great chance for an outing that combines art with local fruits and vegetables. The farmstand sells prepared food as well.

I will offer this collaborative work, Vegetable Seasonings, made with Audrey Arner, at the Summer Fair, combining the art and vegetables that will be for sale that weekend! Giclée print, framed, $50.

Recognition Awards

I designed a series of recognition awards with English and Hebrew texts for Denise Hametz, of Adir Gallery. Theses are ordered by congregations and organizations to honor volunteers, officers, donors and others with a meaningful gift. Shown here is one of the awards, which is personalized with text added on either side of the tree trunk. Contact Denise for more information, (732) 572-6393.

Giclée print of watercolor & gouache original

International Calligraphy Conference

This year’s internat’l calligraphy conference, Odyssey 2010, will be held in Easton Massachusetts this summer. I’ll be teaching a class in Hebrew/Yiddish calligraphy. I will teach the basic elements of Hebrew letters that I learned from Ismar David, and we will also create alphabet styles inspired by Yiddish book titles, etc. from the first part of the 20th century. Students of Hebrew letters at any level are welcome to this class. I just received the catalogue in the mail, full of enticing classes taught by an array of inspiring teachers.

Here’s the website: http://www.2010calligraphyconference.com/

Sand and Stars Invitation

Vayishlakh invitation set

This is an invitation created for the parsha “Vayishlakh,” when Jacob is promised that his descendants will be as numerous as the sands of the sea. The design includes that verse, the sand and the sea, and, referring to the earlier promise to Avraham, that his descendants will be uncountable like the stars in the sky, the invitation was printed on a paper impressed with gold foil stars. The invitation was adhered to a glistening brass-colored paper and hand-cut to reveal the Hebrew verse at the top and the star shape at the bottom.

My new style of adding an illustration to the respond card envelope is shown here.

New! Three-Color Designs

One of the invitation printers I use offers a three-color digital printing process: two ink colors plus the color of the paper (white or ecru) to make up the design. The pricing is comparable to other printers I use.   Here is an example of an invitation set I designed for this process.

I’ll be scheduling invitation orders for 2010 after December 29. E-mail me to let me know of your interest and the date of your event: phd@ganeydn.com