A Matter of Definition
I see stationery and especially printing of said stationery as something which brings genuine meaning, warmth and excitement to my life. Call me a geek, call me what you will. I genuinely love stationery. My love of stationery will never be stationary, I will always keep moving this thing forward! So on my recent trip up north to visit a family of fine art printers with the key to the most magical workshop of delights I have ever seen (I mean, unbelievable riches, the printing presses, the proofing presses, the ink, the knowledge, the library WITH A MINSTRELS GALLERY!)…well, funnily enough I got to thinking about stationery…again!
Above: The wondrous, beautiful North. Home of some truly amazing people. Also home of Curio Prints,* of whom more later
It’s a common gripe, the confusion caused by the two spellings of stationery/stationery. I like to generously believe that it’s always the spell checker’s fault. Or gosh-darned auto correct! But the confusion persists and as I sat and bathed in the warm glow of stationery and print conversation, I wondered to myself how the question ‘do you know where the word comes from?’ would be received. Sadly (I jest) a second bottle of rioja was uncorked, and the moment passed. I know anyway. I suppose, being the only person present without a formal training in the dark arts of printing, I just wanted to feel accepted (insert ‘ROFL’ emoticon right here!). Haha, or maybe I was dreaming of showing off. Who knows?
I’m almost as keen on etymology as I am on stationery. Yup, I am a geek. I take no offence. Hundreds of years ago, most sellers – peddlers if you will – travelled, moving their wares from town to town, village to city, market to market. There was a notable exception. Because literacy was low, writing was expensive and time consuming and not many people could do it, those who peddled wares pertaining to reading and writing tended to stay put. Maybe they were near monasteries, maybe they were outside the castle, perhaps in the city. So the people who traded in the tools of this remote trade of literacy - communication through the written word – were STATIONARY. And their goods became known as STATIONERY.
So I forgive the spell-checkers, the auto corrects, and everyone who gets a little confused by those two words. They are related and the relationship runs deep.
Here endeth the lesson for today. You’re welcome! XOXO Dragonfly
**Curio Prints is a lovely little business created by my friend Rachael who can literally just do it (and printing at this level is NOT EASY!). Curio - based in Mickleby, North Yorkshire - prints and sells greetings cards and prints, produced from original engraved copper plates and carved wooden blocks. Very special pieces. Pop on over and take a peek here. We also stock a limited selection of Curio greetings cards in our Hoylake Studio. I'm sure you will be hearing more about Curio Prints over the next few months...
We wanted our invites to stand out, and were told by many of our guests that they were the best wedding invitations they'd ever seen. My husband and I initially provided a little info on what we wanted and Ling did tons of Star Wars research to create us the perfect geeky and beautiful stationery for our special day - even throwing clever little Star Wars references into the wording which made people chuckle. Definitely the company to choose if you want stand-out, high quality stationery with a brilliant personal touch! :)
- Sarah & Phil
Dragonfly created the most beautiful invitations for my daughter's naming ceremony. The whole process was quick and easy and Ling 'got me' from the start. The invitations were beautifully crafted and good value for money considering the time that had so obviously gone into making them. I wouldn't hesitate to use Dragonfly again and again!
- Amy Slinky
Ling designed us the most perfect stationery for our wedding, we couldn't have been happier with quality, service and price. And there was so much choice - definitely recommended. Our wedding is on Saturday and we will be going back for our thank you cards. Thank Ling - you took all the stress away and made it all look so beautiful. Xx
- Jan & Patrick
Ling is amazing, I've used Dragonfly twice. First time to design my business stationery including logo - she captured exactly what I wanted. My mum got married for a second time at 80, we used Dragonfly for the place settings which complimented this wonderful occasion perfectly. Ling's skill is understanding clients and getting to know them so she can create a wonderful product for the special occasion.
Ling from Dragonfly brought the perfect blend of direction, empathy, creativity and even fun to the process of developing my bridal stationery. She made the whole process pleasurable and ensured that the final result reflected everything on my wishlist with extra special touches which I believe makes her stand out as the best and most distinctive couture designer of stationery around. I can't praise her enough.
- Elizabeth & Richard
Dragonfly is AMAZING! Ling is fabulous to work with, she will listen and pick up quite intuitively what you are looking for. The result: Perfect, handmade, creative, just beautiful stationery which is very individual to you as a client. Ling and the team created our wedding stationery including invitations, table cards and the most fantastic table plan. Pretty much every single guest commented on how much they loved them. Great customer service and attention to detail cannot be faulted. An overall impeccable package. Made our day extra perfect. Thanks Ling and team X
- Caren & Ellie
I would definitely reccomend Ling at Dragonfly, she did all our wedding stationery from invites to table plan and everything she did was exactly how we wanted them. We had so many compliments about all of the stationery we had. Thank you Ling
- Jemma & Chris
Hugest THANK YOU to the talented Ling for her stunning wedding plan creation for our wedding. It's so beautiful, I'm going to have glass laid over the top so it will be stay pristine forever...
- Jennifer & Christopher
Thank you for our beautiful wedding stationery. Everything from the invitations to our name cards was perfect and beautiful. You captured our vision perfectly. Thanks again...
- Kevin & Laura
Thank you so much Ling for our beautiful invites! The reaction from people has been amazing with people saying they are the nicest they have seen. Steve and I are delighted with them and are so excited to see the table plan and other stationery we have ordered! Its has been a delight working with you on the designs and seeing the end result. Your attention to detail is exceptional, you are very gifted! We highly recommend you to anyone who intends to get married in the future for all their stationery needs, they won't be disappointed! xx
- Lindsey & Steve
We are now back from honeymoon and back to reality. I wanted to drop you a quick email to say a huge thank you for creating such lovely wedding stationery. From the table plan to the order of service everything was just perfect and exactly what we wanted. So many people commented on how beautiful the wedding invitations were and your creative skill to tie that into the table plan and menu cards was just right! ...I am so pleased we choose Dragonfly to create our stationery as it made a huge difference and helped to tie all elements...! Everything was just perfect.
- Gemma & Julian
Just a quick note to say a massive thankyou for everything that you created - it was all beautiful and we had such lovely comments from our guests - the table plan was especially fab! Can't recommend you highly enough!
- Rachael & Jamie
...I would like to say a HUGE thank you for everything you did to make my wedding stationery such a success! I was so happy with the the way everything turned out - they looked gorgeous, true Dragonfly style! You have been fantastic to work with, so easy going and have done everything I asked and more!! You know you're good when men actually comment on place settings!! Thanks to your hard work! I would highly recommend you to anyone getting married! Thank you soo much...
- Anouska & Chris
What can I say, you absolutely excelled when designing and creating the table plan for Victoria and Simon's wedding. It was breathtakingly stunning. You said on the message you left me that you thought I'd be pleased with it - well, that was an understatement, I was truly delighted. Ling it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you on creating Victoria and Simon's wedding stationery. Your designs, creativity and professionalism has been outstanding and I can't thank you enough for helping to add the wow factor to a very special day.
Our stationery was amazing and looked stunning at the reception...your patience, advice and attention to detail was second to none...coupled with the most loveliest people we could have found to undertake our wishes. You're a fabulous team of people who I hope business will thrive for, for many years, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you or come back in the future. Thank you doesn't seem quite enough...
- Jo & Chris
...We had the most amazing day yesterday - I can't even begin to tell you. The Stationery was beautiful! Everyone commented. Thank you so much for helping to make our day so special. The mirror with the seating plan looked amazing! Thank you again Ling, you've been fantastic
- Kate & Ben Foster
The bespoke service at Dragonfly is first class. We felt as though nothing was too much for our consultant - she paid very close attention to our ideas and then made them a reality with that added essential 'Dragonfly' flair! Our cheque-book style invitations were simply stunning, and all of our guests have commented how they were the most beautiful invitations they have ever seen! We're so excited now to hear their comments about our 'on the day' stationery!
- Matt & Eva
I did wonder how easy it would be to design something as personal as a wedding invitation via the phone, but I needn’t have worried because Dragonfly Couture Stationery were fantastic. [our consultant] dealt with us throughout and her experience was invaluable as she guided us through the whole process. Our invitations are exactly what we wanted; they look very professional and yet still have that personal handmade touch.
...thank you for all of your hardwork creating our wedding stationery. Everything was perfect and we have had some lovely comments from our guests...
- Louise & Gary
...we just wanted to say a big thank you for all your hard work, patience and advice in creating our wonderful wedding stationery! Everything looked as we'd imagined (and more!) and it wouldn't have been possible without you. We really appreciate your hard work and creativity, especially in our collage menus and speical guest envelopes....
- Craig & Jay
Just a little note to say a BIG thank you for your time, patience and creativity. We absolutely loved outr bespoke wedding stationery - it was the finer details that made our special day complete. It was certainly a day to remember and one we will treasure forever - as you can see from the front of the card - we had a white wedding! Not something we had planned for, but it made the day even more memorable. All the best... (married during unseasonal snowstorm March 2013)
- Jenny & Rich
Thank you for all of your help and advice in the planning of our wedding. Your bespoke and beautiful invitations set the standard for what was to be a truly perfect day! Much love...
- Katie & Mark Ford
....we just wanted to say a huge thank you for our amazing wedding stationery and for your patience during the process. The end result was exactly what we had pictured and our table plan will be something that we will treasure for a very long time to come. With love...
- Fran & Chris
We wanted to thank you for the fantastic job you did with our wedding stationery. We have received numerous compliments from our guests regarding the quality of our invitations and many of them still have them on display in their homes. We were also extremely pleased with how many people took their personalised menus after the reception. The service you provided was exceptional and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to our friends and family
- David & Rhiannan