LADYFINGERS LETTERPRESS creates one-of-a-kind custom invitations designed exclusively for you! As designers, artists and craftspeople, we bring our trained expertise, visionary approach and our creative passion into every project. We love to explore vibrant color, quality materials and the variety of ways that you can say "Hey, there's this really big beautiful amazing thing that's about to happen and we want you to share it with us!"
Morgan Calderini and Arley-Rose Torsone met while working at an arts non-profit called AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2007. Arley-Rose, a graduate from Parsons the New School for Design, had been working there as the in-house graphic designer when Morgan, a recent Rhode Island School of Design grad, appeared on the scene to help start up a community printshop just down the hall. It wasn't long before they started making excuses to collaborate with each other, and their working relationship soon blossomed into something much more! (To read the full love story, check out our LadiesInLove Blog!)
It wasn't until the two were engaged that Arley and Morgan started to research the options for same-sex wedding invitations, curious to see what else was out there. When they saw that most invitation designs for same-sex couples meant having rainbows or little bathroom symbols of the same gender somewhere on the design, they knew their work was needed to ensure that all couples had the opportunity to find invitations of the highest quality of design and craft.
They acquired a few Chandler and Price letterpresses and moved into their new space at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, RI. From this post, Ladyfingers Letterpress buzzes with activity: All design and illustration work is done here by Arley, and all printing and production also takes place here by Morgan. Together they bounce ideas off of one another, collaborate and find inspiration from the creative community of artists that surround them. Together (with the help of a staff of skilled artists and craftspeople), they are Ladyfingers Letterpress.
Arley-Rose Torsone, Lead Designer
As a designer, Arley's goal has always been to create beautiful things that serve a meaningful purpose. After graduating from Parsons the New School for Design in 2004, she left the hurried lifestyle of New York City to pursue a slower pace of life that allowed for spontaneous campfires, late-night jam sessions and plenty of time to cook, draw, and love. Her life-long passion for drawing has developed into a fanaticism for typography, old-fashioned sign painting and hand-drawn type. With an appreciation for the old as well as a fluent understanding of the new, her unique style acts as a bridge between antiquated craftsmanship and a new era of tools and skills.
Morgan Calderini, Printmaking Maven
Morgan Calderini surrounds herself with rather odd yet satisfying specialties: hot air balloon building, printmaking, and pie baking are all things she takes very seriously. After having received her BFA in Printmaking from RISD in 2007, Calderini chose to redefine the hierarchical printshop archetype by establishing and managing Rhode Islands only community printshop at AS220 with a grant from AmeriCorps VISTA. She's taught letterpress at the AS220 Printshop and Penland School of Crafts. When she's not baking blueberry pies or hunting for long lost litho stones that people have been using as door stops, she's learning to fly Atlas, her 70 foot, 54,000 cu. ft. hot air balloon that she built.