Whew, May was a busy month! We had many challenges, but got to add a new specialty to our list of design capabilities: wedding design.
A couple of our biggest supporters, Sarah and Ari, are getting married this month. For all of May and part of April, we created unique designs for them. Not only will these thoughtful pieces complete the look of their wedding weekend, but it will give their friends and families a little glimpse of their life on the Thai-Burma border.
We made notecards from original watercolor paintings. Artist Kyaw Khin came up with a wide variety of designs based on Thai orchids, as well as pomegranates, which are of symbolic importance to the Jewish people. After Sarah and Ari chose the designs, we printed them on recycled paper with the same local shop that prints our postcards and greeting cards. These notecards will be used on their buffet table to label each dish.
We also created a unique bunting to decorate the three buffet tables. We considered making them out of batik, one of Puzzlebox’s specialties, but somehow we got stuck on the idea of circles! Realizing it would be a hassle to cut batik fabric into perfect circles, we came up with a way to showcase the individual artists’ skills and help our sister social enterprise Ironwood at the same time. Ironwood cut a log into two different circle sizes for us, and designer Nancy Chuang presented Sarah and Ari with graphics in their wedding colors. Once the designs were chosen, artists John Khai, Sell Khu Paw and Kyaw Khin carefully painted each wooden circle with acrylic. The final bunting will be strung together with a matching ribbon.
Nancy also designed the weekend program and day-of booklet explaining the various Jewish wedding rituals, and former teacher Sein Sein Lin made a batik chuppah, or wedding canopy, before she moved to Mawlamyine. We were all over this wedding!
We’re so grateful for this order, and the chance to stretch creatively. Congratulations to Sarah and Ari!