November 2nd, 2012

A Sneak Peek from our Open Day Weekend

Our Collection has been printed to perfection, lovingly styled and photographed, and we are in the final stages of putting together what will be a celebratory Open Day Weekend reflective of our passion for specialty invitation design.

What you can expect to see from Zed & Bee is the unveiling of our long awaited 2013 Collection,
as well as many never before seen beautiful Bespoke creations, each representing the couple’s personalities, utilising the best of specialty printing.

Our friends, AleksandraBespoke BallooneryPerfect South and Pure Pops, look forward to welcoming you into our temporarily transformed home at The Tate @ The Toxteth for afternoons of printed, arranged, styled, poured and chilled loveliness.

We look forward to seeing you there!

October 25th, 2012

Adventures in Babysitting

Amazing what you find when you’re not really looking!

When juggling a baby and two small businesses with your partner, so good at negotiating you become. Every hour of every day is bargained back and forth to ensure we meet our sons needs and our work gets done. Yesterday I had ‘Leon & Mummy’ time scheduled between 12 and 4 pm and decided an excurison was in order to celebrate the warm weather and pristine beaches right at my doorstep. Avalon was calling me.

Between my comforting takeaway coffee from Franks Bar and a consistently awesome mini Almond Croissant from La Banette, I stumbled upon tiny boutique Tiny Bird and began mentally redesigning my bedroom based on the goods that I found there. For instance, I have the perfect place for a Snowpuppe Pendant Light, the right outfit to complement a Lucy Folk Necklace and a bare wall waiting for a snedker°studio Marbled Print. Infact if I had more money than God and lived in Denmark, I’d cover an entire wall in their Marbelous Wood.

Inspired by the perfect palette at Tiny Bird, I moved on to Mark Tuckey. home. to revisit my wish to own a one of a kind Bengali Quilt  A brilliant orange and yellow version caught my eye, and the pretty purple reversed side of a more feminine personality provides a refreshing alternative.

I left with pics only to aid the ‘we need’ conversation I planned for my husband upon my return.

Image 1. Lucy Folk Necklace ($375) from Tiny Bird. Image 2. Snowpuppe Pendant Lights ($129) from Tiny BirdImage 3. Jacqueline Evans Skincare from Tiny BirdImage 4. Vintage Bengali Quilt ($365) from Mark Tuckey. home. Image 5. Edenborough Evans Stamp Yourself Jewellery ($59 & $79) from Tiny Bird. Image 6. Range of  La Cerise sur le Gâteau children’s goods from I Am Kidz. Image 7. snedker°studio print ($790) from Tiny Bird.

Tiny Bird – Shop 9, 20 Avalon Parade, Avalon (02) 9918 0214
Mark Tuckey. home. –  Shop 11, 20 Avalon Parade, Avalon (02) 9918 0250
I Am Kidz – Shop 1, 55 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon (02) 9973 4544

October 23rd, 2012

An Open Day Weekend to Inspire Your Next Event!

Join us at an Open Day Weekend presenting inspired ideas, by like-minded creative types, catering for savvy brides & party planners.

With our friends, Aleksandra, Bespoke Balloonery, Perfect South and Pure Pops, the temporarily transformed The Tate @ The Toxteth promises to be the perfect place to while away the afternoon envisaging the celebration of your next milestone or event.

For more information, contact Billie at

August 10th, 2012

NYC Exhibitions, Both Near & Far

A while back we introduced you to the weird and wonderful work of Numskull in our post about his previous Sydney exhibition, The Weird Machine. Numskull, a local Sydney artist, holds a special place in our hearts as he also happens to be Bee’s husband.

For those lucky enough to be in New York tonight, Numskull is having his first ever solo show, ‘Dance like a video, sting like a Gif’ at the Mishka store in Brooklyn. Not only will Numskull be launching a limited edition Mishka t-shirt, he will also be showing a small run of Giclee Prints, available for sale tonight only. For more information, as well as a little video of what to expect,
visit the Numskull site.

For Sydneysiders, don’t feel you are missing out, New York is coming to you for one night only! Tonight Kingbrown Magazine (NY) is launching it’s latest issue with a showcase of amazing artists both local and international from within the Kingbrown Family. Co-curated by Kingbrown (NY), Morning Breath Studio (NY) and The Hours (Syd), this exhibition should not be missed!

The Tate Gallery @ The Toxteth. 345 Glebe Point Road Glebe, from 6pm

For more information, visit The Tate Blog

August 9th, 2012

Jessica Hische is a Talented Type

With our newly acquired, tongue-in-cheek Should I Work for Free? flowchart letterpress print now framed and ready for hanging, I thought it the perfect opportunity to blog about it’s creator, illustrator and type extraordinaire, Jessica Hische.

Many of you would already be familiar with Jessica’s lettering loveliness or at least recognise the beautiful work repeated across cutting edge design and typography websites. Working out of her and Erik Marinovich’s Title Case studio in San Francisco on a myriad of ‘side projects’ Jessica is in demand for both her typographic prowess as well as for speaking engagements at universities and the like, where she teaches others to do what they love, just as she has done.

I was introduced to Jessica’s work at my brother in law’s type exhibition GO FONT UR SELF*
a while back. What draws me to her illustrative style is it’s nostalgic aesthetic, being a lover of vintage typography and all.

Above are just a snippet of portfolio pieces selected from Jessica’s diverse body of work.
Her latest project (which I cannot wait to check out) are titles created for Wes Anderson’s new film, Moonrise Kingdom to be aired in Sydney’s cinemas soon. Check out the trailer here…

July 3rd, 2012

NYC Nuptials & Sera Rose CDs

Imagine our delight when Sera Rose waltzed through Zed & Bee’s doors requiring wedding invitations for her New York City Nuptials to fiancé Derrick. On discovering that she is a talented, up and coming music artist, a CD Invitation was the obvious way to go. Their ever so cool NYC destination inspired a Blue Note’esk 6 Page Gatefold CD Sleeve, decorated with duotone images of the couple, built into a jewel toned city skyline against the dark night.

This interesting project spiraled into an equally fun gig, Sera Rose’s Demo CD, to be presented in New York on her travels there.

June 28th, 2012

Premium Tea by Perfect South

As a young company, Zed & Bee are always impressed when like minded folks take the seed of a great idea and see it through to fruition.

Recently a couple of clever, creative friends embraced their collective passion (for green tea),
by realising a shared dream (to ignite people’s love of it) and launched Perfect South, a tea company producing exceptional, Australian made, Japanese inspired green tea.

Taking a fresh perspective by melding their shared backgrounds, dedicated to coffee and wine,
in love with the Australian countryside and immersed into all things design, aided in the birth of two beautifully packaged tea ranges, First Harvest and Estate.

In terms of flavour, Perfect South tea is incredibly fresh, natural and it doesn’t have the bitterness so often associated with green teas. It has also been tailored to suit Australian taste buds.

There are six teas on offer and they plan to release more in the future. We can’t wait!

June 7th, 2012

Concrete Love – Nathan & Toe

Amongst a sea of ‘wedding’ weddings, this modern marvel featured on 100 Layer Cake recently caught our eye and stole our heart.

Nathan and Toe found one another on Toe’s blog, fell in love over their shared interests and corresponded via email and iChat. Their love affair brought Toe from Tokyo to Adelaide to marry her Nathan in a contemporary ‘concrete’ themed wedding, perhaps symbolic of their unshakable union. From concrete cast invitations, to the floors of their unique venues (modern art gallery and rustic barn), finally to their custom created wedding bands, concrete was a binding element.
The ceremony was set before an exhibition of works by Ariel Hassan, to a sound track of ambient music by Helios.

Back to the invitation, which Zed & Bee were particularly taken by… designed by the groom, these awesomely unusual invitations were cast in concrete, wrapped in newsprint, sealed with a custom Katakana monogram mashup of the couple’s names and then hand delivered or posted in protective bubble wrap. No mean feat but worth the trouble to introduce the carefully considered, stylised wedding to follow.

Photography by White wall photography

June 5th, 2012

Groom & Groom Say I Do in Cotswolds Splendour

This mood board was created with Jerrod and Paul’s spectacular wedding venue in mind, Barnsley House, a boutique hotel in the Cotswolds, England.

With nuptials taking place at the impressive property, with an array of fun activities planned over the course of the weekend, invitation concepts put forward aim to excite guests by depicting the amazing time away they can expect to have. The couple’s eye for style and attention to detail is reflected by using luxurious print processes, thick sumptuous paper stocks, calligraphy and illustration (a hand drawn map of the village perhaps).

Elements of the Save The Date and Invitation can be carried through the styling of the wedding itself, with playful Illustrated Dessert and Cheese Board Menus, and calligraphy for Placecards, Favour Tags etc. A little English pride could thoughtfully be dotted throughout, with English Toffee Favours and a Burberry Tux wearing groom and groom.

Row 1. Late Winter Tablescape on 100 Layer Cake, Ginger & Clementine Layer Cake for Jamie feature on Ill Seen, Ill Said. Perrier-Jouet Champagne, Vintage Guinness Postcard. Row 2. Family History Wedding Invitation by Bird and Banner, Wax Seal Emblem for Cappele by Kutchibok, Barnsley House, Burberry Tuxedo photographed by Paola Kudacki for How to Buy a Tux feature on Row 3. Beautiful Floral Centerpiece by Saipua
on Little Flower SchoolBrue Wedding System by Nick Brue at Studio On Fire.
Row 4. Double Sided Luggage Tag by Harlex on Etsy, Sunday Suppers:: Martha Stewart Feature on Sunday Suppers, ‘Fun Deck Idea’ Garden Chess Board on Country Living, Chateau De Moissac.

May 23rd, 2012

My Painted Paddocks Invitation Suite

At last I present my own wedding invitation!

It’s funny looking back at this now, as what turned out to be an elegantly simple design, seemed to be the bane of my existence at the time of it’s creation.

As a fellow designer could understand, though I design wedding invitations every day, designing for myself proved near impossible. I found the conceptualisation of this suite the most daunting stage and procrastinated endlessly commencing the design. However, once I narrowed my ideas down, selected print processes and handpicked paper stocks, my invitation concept came together quite organically.

I used my previously produced Save The Date as a springboard for inspiration, a plantable letterpress card with custom whimsical calligraphy (which may I add, was a hit with guests). While the invitation would have a personality of it’s own, I wished to retain a tactile feel through the use of luxurious and unexpected paper stocks. As with my Save The Date, I went for loose typography setting a casual tone.

Set in Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland, I thought it playful to include the pineapple as a motif, which I incorporated into the styling of the event by purchasing 100 baby pineapples to intertwine with our floral arrangements.

Being a destination wedding, with events either side of the big day, I had extra information to include with my formal invitation. To house components neatly, I utilised Zed & Bee’s custom Pocket Fold knife line to create an envelope in gorgeous wood grain paper imported specially.
To complement the envelope’s tan hue, I selected a 100% cotton stock for my components.
The Pocket Fold was sealed with an ivory ‘pineapple emblem’ wax seal and housed in a matching silk lined envelope with whimsical calligraphy.

So there it is, a wonderfully over the top solution (exceeding most budgets) that couldn’t have been more fitting for my husband and I and our wedding theme. It was the perfect solution for an invitation designer, whose aim was to exceed guests’ expectations and generate excitement for a fabulous wedding weekend. Job well done, if I do say so myself!

x Bee

See wedding pics here and on Sunday Collector.