|Two Birds, 1938 drawing by M.C. Escher|
Birds play a prominent role in our folklore and culture, symbolizing ideas as diverse as peace, love, wisdom, longevity, courage, and hope. But they are also sweet and whimsical, adding a charming touch to any design. And in the world of all things handmade and vintage, as Portlandia wisely noted, “Put A Bird On It!” and it sells!
It is no surprise then that birds are often a recurring, universal theme for weddings and invitation design. So we’ve compiled some ornithological inspirations to get those creative juices flowing!
Inspired by fashion and advertising prints from the 1920s, we love the image below for it’s sophisticated, yet simplified,
style. The birds are stylized and become a decorative element meant to enhance the overall effect. The dress is typical of the early 1920s when designers began looking to the classical Greek and medieval periods to release women from the corset.
|Mille Petals gown from BHLDN|
Although the above dress, an original design from BHLDN, does put you back in the corset, the sleek silhouette combined with the texture of the cascading ruffles is stunning. The effect is both organic and architectural.
This 1909 Japanese print uses blocked color instead of graphic lines to delineate space. We love the color palette of sea green, moss green, eggshell, and graphite.
|Contrail Ring from Yayoi Forest|
|Artful dinner plates, Perched Birds from Anthropologie|
|Letterpress invitation designed by Artcadia in England, the playful use of text and color make this otherwise simple design interesting and fun.|
|This invitation suite, from Allie Ruth Design, uses chipboard instead of paper, giving an earthiness to the overall collection.|