Fiber AND Dye

About

About

Let’s celebrate, for real

A writer, doodler, painter, and all-around dabbler, Lisa Aihara started Fiber & Dye on her 30th birthday after years of loving pestering from friends and family telling her to find a creative outlet to flex her art muscle, if you will.

In August 2016 she launched the greeting card line with a few cards that featured her original artwork and text. Just like the gal who created them, Our designs are always cheeky and mostly cheerful, with its sentiments sincere but not without wit and cursing like a sailor. Never intended to be taken seriously because let’s face it, she certainly don’t take herself too seriously either.

From stationery to custom wedding design to business branding, Fiber & Dye is a design studio that’s all about telling stories about your relationships, your love, your real voice.
We love telling your stories

Lisa draws inspiration (pun intended) from the people in her life for her designs. For the greeting cards, they’re intended to be that “aha” card, the one where as soon as you set your eyes on it you know exactly who you’ll give it to. That’s why they’re all oddly specific, and not meant for every one. No generic sentiments here. Your stories are nothing but generic, so why would the cards we celebrate with be blah?

With that same mindset, we create custom wedding suites that tell your story as a couple and truly reflects the both of you, and business branding that truly feels one-of-a-kind.
Painted and lettered by hand

All Fiber & Dye designs are painted, written, lettered, and designed by Lisa.

Watercolor has always been a medium that was special to her, because it was difficult and counterintuitive. It was an unforgiving medium unfit for frequent touch-ups, and forced her to be okay with the imperfections from organic strokes that she would instinctively want to “fix.”

Starting pointed pen calligraphy in 2014, brush lettering and hand drawn type has become a passion for her ever since. She believes that written text quite literally (pun intended) help to tell the story, strengthening, complementing, or juxtaposing against the images, and plays such a big part in that.

So we don’t use fonts to tell our story, nor clip arts. The calligraphy, watercolor, illustrations, and designs are done in-house, custom, by hand, all the time.

@fiberanddye

Designs that are unexpected, silly, oddly-specific. Oh, and pretty. Hi, we’re your new designer friend. Follow mama life 👶🏻 @lisaaihara

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Just love how the chalkboard transforms the space over at @smokyhollowstudios Thank you @mallorywang and Kevin for having me 🥰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now I just have to wait patiently for the real photos from @hilaurenhello ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #weddings #weddingdetails #aislesociety #weddingsparrow #theknot #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #weddinginspo #lawedding #losangeleswedding #californiawedding #socalwedding #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #chalkboardart #weddingsignage #weddingsigns #sign #modernfont #handmadefont #modernlettering #lettering #handdrawn #handdrawntype #liveauthentic #flashesofdelight #curiouscalligrapher #thedailytype #liveadventure #chasinglight
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Can’t stop won’t stop posting about this wedding! Since it was for my baby sister, and I had MOH duties too, I got to do so many fun things and push my agenda onto the couple 😏 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love doing unique meal indicators because sometimes, a silhouette of an animal just doesn’t cut it design-wise. For @amyokuda we opted for a custom @waxseals stamp which we used for their invitation, but in different colors for each of their entree choices. All you have to do is hand your service staff the color list, and you’ve got a pretty set up, no animal references necessary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oh and how pretty are these place cards, right? Our take on the personalized menus, @kchopperinvites laser cut all our guests’ names using our calligraphy! It was so sweet to find out a lot of the guests actually took their names home 🥰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo @jillianrosephoto . . . #weddings #weddingdetails #aislesociety #weddingsparrow #theknot #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #weddinginspo #lawedding #losangeleswedding #californiawedding #socalwedding #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #chalkboardart #weddingsignage #weddingsigns #sign #modernfont #handmadefont #modernlettering #lettering #handdrawn #handdrawntype #liveauthentic #flashesofdelight #curiouscalligrapher #thedailytype #liveadventure #chasinglight
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No matter what you’re celebrating this holiday, hope it’s filled with all the jolly warm goodies 💕
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Storytelling should always be a part of your wedding suite.   Designing this special invitation for @amyokuda was all about the details. From the custom calligraphy (made a style just for her) to the botanical illustrations (secretly inspired by her gorgeous @watters gown), as always our goal was to somehow reflect the couple on to paper. After all, you’re inviting your loved ones to celebrate with you—so why would you send a generic invitation that doesn’t feel like you?   And a super special love letter to @swellpresspaper for the gorgeous print and letterpress, as well as the creamy, buttery goodness of the paper she selected. I’m so glad I convinced the couple to go letterpress so I could finally work with you 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo: @jillianrosephoto . . . #weddings #weddingdetails #aislesociety #weddingsparrow #theknot #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #weddinginspo #weddingstationery #invitationsuite #weddinginvitation #weddinginvitations #lawedding #losangeleswedding #californiawedding #maliburockyoakswedding #malibuwedding #socalwedding #stationerysuite #invitation #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #paperstories #dailydoseofpaper #stationeryaddict #watercolor #watercolorpainting #art #wearethecreativeeconomy #communityovercompetition
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Loved illustrating these dainty lovelies for business pal @carissawoo Her new branding is beautiful, vibrant, and special—just like her! So excited for your new studio and I’m happy to have been a part of bringing it to life! . . . #personalbranding #brandstylist #brandingdesign #savvybusinessowners #theimperfectboss #beingboss #create #creativelifehappylife #creativebusiness #creativebiz #creativeminds #creativeentrepeneur #doitfortheprocess #dowhatyoulove #pursuepretty #thehappynow #flashesofdelight #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #livecolorfully #petitejoys #pursuewhatislovely #solovelysofree #makeitblissful #ohwowyes #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #thelittlevictories #wearethecreativeeconomy #shecreates
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Been hearing from lots of brides getting married in 2019 at @smokyhollowstudios and it’s no surprise because the industrial-cool venue has this stunning chalkboard wall to work with 💕 Whether you decide to do a seating chart, menu, or even a photo backdrop, the mural could completely transform the space! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shoot over a note or DM if you’re interested in inviting us over to make your wall pretty! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo @mollyandcophoto :: Design & Planning @causewecanevents :: Florals @bestdayeverfloraldesign :: Tabletop rentals @dishwishgirl :: Cocktails @calicraftcocktails . . . #weddings #weddingdetails #aislesociety #weddingsparrow #theknot #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #weddinginspo #lawedding #losangeleswedding #californiawedding #socalwedding #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #chalkboardart #weddingsignage #weddingsigns #sign #modernfont #handmadefont #modernlettering #lettering #handdrawn #handdrawntype #liveauthentic #flashesofdelight #curiouscalligrapher #thedailytype #liveadventure #chasinglight
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To friends old and new, welcome to our new normal.   Wedding season for 2018 has come to a close with the best of them all, my dear sister @amyokuda got hitched a few weeks ago and I’m still in awe scrolling through the photos by @jillianrosephoto Amy gives me a lot of credit for the look of this wedding, but I can’t thank her enough for trusting me to be a part of it.   Pregnant and then with a newborn, it’s easy to feel helpless, overwhelmed, and almost like a shell of the person you used to be. You feel your old self slipping away, like it needs to leave in order to make room for this new huge responsibility that weighs on you. Like there’s no space left for anything else. Passion. Love. You.   But working on this wedding as a stationer and calligrapher, being a matron of honor, planning the ceremony as an officiant—it all reminded me that I’m still here, that I’ve got a job to do so I better roll my fucking sleeves up and get shit done. No time for crying, leave that to the new baby. I’m here. I’m worthy. I’m needed, everywhere.   So thanks as always Amy, for thinking higher of me than I ever could, pushing me to heights I couldn’t have dreamed of without you believing in me. Because of you, amazing things happen, like an acrylic sign with vinyl lettering and laser cut wood botanicals. I mean, come on how pretty, right?   Venue @maliburockyoaks :: Coordination @allyouneedisloveevents :: Florals @jl_designs :: Cake @mjbcakes :: Specialty Rentals @archiverentals :: Photobooth @theboothandbusco :: Catering @madebymegcatering :: Bar @liquidcatering :: Music @luxuryentertainmentgroupscott @luxuryentgroup :: Video @rymcduff @mcduffproductions :: HMUA @tokikoinouemakeup :: Wood cutout @kchopperinvites :: Dress @watters :: Valet @marsvaletshuttle   #amygetsmitched #weddingdetails #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #weddinginspo #lawedding #losangeleswedding #californiawedding #socalwedding #malibuwedding #maliburockyoaks #maliburockyoakswedding #moderncalligraphy #weddingsignage #weddingsigns #modernfont #handmadefont #modernlettering #lettering #handdrawn #handdrawntype #liveauthentic #flashesofdelight #curiouscalligrapher #thedailytype #liveadventure
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Happy thanksgiving 🦃  I know I’ve been slow to get back into social but I’m thankful for all of you who’s allowed me not only this grace as I celebrate this new season of life, but for continuing to support me and my business. You’re my family here, and I love you all.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our tablescape won’t be this pretty, but it’ll still be full of yummies. Wishing everyone a plentiful gathering with your loved ones! . Photographer: @nicolette_moku  Coordinator: @abbyleeevents  Venue: @highlandspringsranch Petite Rentals: @borrowedhouse Rentals: @sigpartyrentals  Linen: Raquels Linen . . . #weddings #weddingdetails #aislesociety #weddingsparrow #theknot #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #weddinginspo #lawedding #losangeleswedding #californiawedding #socalwedding #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #weddingsignage #modernfont #modernlettering #lettering #handdrawn #handdrawntype #liveauthentic #flashesofdelight #curiouscalligrapher #thedailytype #liveadventure #chasinglight #thanksgiving #gatherandfeast #tablescapes #marbleplacecards
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I’m so excited to talk about something we’ve been working on since being back—our new website and a refreshed branding! Check it out from link in bio 💕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Like a lot of the amazing biz owners I’ve gotten to work with, our own branding has become much more clear and refined over the years. When you start, you usually take that leap before you overthink it and get spooked, which means you may not have your branding completely figured, or you may grow and evolve from what you initially started with. For me, it meant I’d stop trying to be so formal and pretty all the time, and instead lean into being silly and fun. It’s subtle, but it feels right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How about you? Are you struggling with a branding that you’ve outgrown? Even a small change could make a big impact!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #personalbranding #brandstylist #brandingdesign #savvybusinessowners #theimperfectboss #beingboss #create #creativelifehappylife #creativebusiness #creativebiz #creativeminds #creativeentrepeneur #doitfortheprocess #dowhatyoulove #pursuepretty #thehappynow #flashesofdelight #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #livecolorfully #petitejoys #pursuewhatislovely #solovelysofree #makeitblissful #ohwowyes #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #wearethecreativeeconomy #mycreativebiz #womenwhohustle
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Nothing says fall like pumpkins 💕 but we’re partial to kabocha over here, which cooks up so sweet and delicious—skin and all!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #watercolor #watercolour #watercolorpainting #watercolorart #design #artistsoninstagram #illustrator #homeinthestudio #create #creativelifehappylife #creativebusiness #creativebiz #creativeentrepeneur #doitfortheprocess #dowhatyoulove #pursuepretty #flashesofdelight #livecolorfully #makers #makersmovement #makersgonnamake #makersgunnamake #wemakecollective #makesomething #makelivesell #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #fall #pumpkin #vegetables
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We're back! The last 6 weeks has been a dream with this guy. Introducing to the world our baby Lucas, our very special YAY! moment.  It's the first time in my life that I wanted time to actually stay still to get more time with him. I’ll love you forever and keep you for always, my little one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Excited to start getting back into the groove of things, all the while trying to figure out what the new normal looks like. Logging work in between nap time, emailing while babywearing... taking these first weeks nice and slow. It'll be back to business over here, but we'd love for you to follow along our baby mama journey @lisaaihara  . Photo @hilaurenhello . . .  #girlboss #ladyboss #womeninbusiness #womeninbiz #womenentrepreneurs #womensupportingwomen #theeverygirl #presentoverperfect #theimperfectboss #pursuepretty #thehappynow #flashesofdelight #thatsdarling #livecolorfully #petitejoys #livethelittlethings #solovelysofree #makeitblissful #ohwowyes #create #creativelifehappylife #creativebusiness #creativebiz #creativeentrepeneur #mompower #mompreneur #motherhood #motherhustler #hersuccess #buildingbossladies
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9.17.18 Um. You’re a little early little guy, I was gonna wrap up some shit this week 😂 Please allow us some grace as we celebrate this major YAY. Be back soon to get a plan in place.
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