Brescia is one of Artemis Stationery’s more unique collections of bespoke wedding stationery.  As it can look really different dependent on the choices made.  You might have seen photos of different items that barely look like they belong to the same collection.  This article will attempt to explain why and show how the different options look with this damask wedding stationery.

The Background on Brescia & Damask patterns

The basics of Brescia is it’s a damask pattern inspired design.  Damask is an old style of fabric designs created by weaving.  They originated from Islamic cultures and the Byzantine empire in the middle ages.  The term damask was first recorded in France in the 14th century.  These days its not contained to fabric and damask patterns get a lot of use as striking wall paper, sometimes as feature walls and website backgrounds.

If you do a google image search for Damask patterns you will get plenty of results to illustrate what they are.  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=damask+pattern&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=e_ryUenaD6Si0QWXjIHADA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1680&bih=963

The main trend is that they’re one design, often quite elaborate, normally from stylised floral elements.  The design is then repeated to form a pattern, some designs interlink quite ingeniously while others are more clearly separated.  The designs generally interlock when repeated.  If you imagine a chess board, turn it 45 degrees and each of the squares would represent one part of the design.

 Back to damask wedding stationery

Brescia used as a Save the Date with one bold design and background damask pattern.
Brescia used as a Save the Date with one bold design and background damask pattern.

Back to Brescia, the inspiration was damask so I produced a design that could be repeated across the page.  But since like all of our designs we are in complete control as to how they are used with Brescia there’s four main routes to go down.  The simplest is to have a one off central design and not repeat it as shown in the image at the top of the page.  The second is to just repeat it and have it as a background pattern, this can be as subtle or pronounced as you like.

Brescia as a damask inspired pattern
Brescia as a damask inspired pattern

The third option is to combine the first two, use one big version of the design in front of a background pattern.  The options which have one large central pattern when put on the cover of something are good in a square shape so work brilliantly with square cards as shown at the top of the page as well as bifold and trifold invitations.

vintage damask inspired blue place name
vintage damask inspired blue place name

Some items like our place names and booklet invitations are rectangle shaped.  So in these instances I like to just use part of the design so it’s like a very zoomed in version and this is the fourth option.  But that doesn’t mean any of the options couldn’t be used on rectangular items.  The choice is entirely down to you if you’re ordering Brescia.

Off white vintage booklet invitation
Off white vintage booklet invitation

So there you have it.  Brescia has been pretty popular with wedding ideas magazine, one of our green place names was used in many issues while a purple card design.  You can see it on our main website along with many other bespoke wedding stationery collections.

Brescia card as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia card as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia place name as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia place name as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine