Design + Print: program covers

November 5, 2009 by  

letterpress.funeral.programHave you noticed that the Lunalux blog has been kinda quiet lately? Me too. The main reason: I took several weeks off from work in October because my mom passed away. I come from a great big family, so we all huddled together for a while to take care of each other. There is, indeed, strength in numbers! We all pitched in to help plan the funeral, too. My task: creating programs for the service. Late one night, with one of my brothers peeking over my shoulder, I did my best to create a quiet, beautiful design for my least favorite thing ever. After staring at the computer screen for an hour or two, we discovered a lovely coincidence: the lily of the valley image includes 10 individual flowers, one for each of my mom’s 10 kids. The next afternoon, we (and by “we” I mean 2 brothers, 1 sister and myself – we’re all printers) letterpress-printed the covers with green and gray inks on pearl white 100% cotton Lettra cover; the interior pages were modest photocopies, because there wasn’t time to do every element so fancy. The programs were bound with green double-faced satin ribbon. Extra program covers are doing double-duty as thank-you notes.

It feels a little weird– wrong, even – to blog about something so personal and sad. But I think it would feel even more weird to skip over this monumental project like it never happened. So here it is. And now we’re moving on to other things.


2 Responses to “Design + Print: program covers”

  1. Brenda Adams on October 2nd, 2010 4:19 pm

    I love that you include this piece/peace of your whole self. Your design, your love, and your beauty and authenticity radiate throughout your site/sight/vision. Thank you!

  2. lindsey on January 8th, 2011 8:53 am

    I would love to use this for a program for my grandfather’s funeral. Is there anyway for me to do this? It’s beautiful.

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