I like the challenge of working to commission, trying to come up with a design that will satisfy the customer yet also be something I will enjoy working on. Last week I was asked to come up with a design for a book jacket as a leaving gift for an American Express empoyee. In a mad moment I thought it would be a good idea to try to recreate an Amex Card.
It might have been a good idea but deciding how to execute it was another matter altogether. I started by dyeing the fabric and then worked on the Centurion motif, which I shaded with crayons and free machined.
I then agonised over the lettering and made some test runs...
but in the end it all seemed to come together.
Now I'm just hoping it will fit the book. I did get to measure the actual book before I started but it has gone off to be filled with photos and memories so I won't actually get to see it with its jacket in place.
I've a couple of more commissions to finish off in the next few weeks but meanwhile we've a busy weekend ahead involving meatballs, Smorgasbord, Swedish chefs and Abba... I'll be back early next week to tell you all about it!