Q&A with Red Bliss Design
The avant-garde creations of Red Bliss Design have transformed party invitations.
Cedar shingles were a tipping point in the founding of Red Bliss Design. Seeking a meaningful wedding invitation, high-tech professional Christine Traulich delighted guests with elegant repurposed shingles found in the 200-year-old barn where she and her fiancé were to marry. The positive reaction prompted her to start a business that would convey meaning beyond the mere printed message, to highlight unique aspects of each event.
“In today’s world, time is so precious and it’s so important for people to celebrate the milestones in their lives,” notes Traulich. “We want people to receive and celebrate the joy that it’s about.” With her sister Dori, who now manages production, Traulich innovatively blends modern materials, quality artistry and clever fabrication. Their laser-cut creations have expanded into a line of dinner chargers and a line of stationery that offers “cheers” and “love” with flair.
C&G:What’s an example of a striking first impression?
We designed an interactive invitation with slide-out panels that gradually revealed party details. It was an enticing objet d’art.
C&G: What’s a good example of design collaboration between the two of you?
We created a two-piece acrylic design that recipients assembled into an “up with love” arrow. It delivered a positive message and quickly turned into a keepsake.
C&G: Love your studio’s setting and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Greenery and sunlight breed creativity and reduce stress. Both are keys to our success.
C&G:What can’t you live without?
M&Ms. We stockpile them in our studio.
C&G:What is something you miss from growing up in the Midwest?
Lefse [potato flatbread]. Our secret family recipe has been handed down for generations.
C&G:Which past design are you most proud of?
We designed an elephant-head invitation for a safari-themed party.
C&G:What theme would be quintessential to a Connecticut event?
A farmhouse brunch with flowers from the garden.
C&G:What is your most treasured possession?
Our grandfather’s vintage brass mouse receipt holder.