Friday, 25 October 2013

That'll Do Nicely

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!

12 comments:

  1. Such a clever idea and beautifully executed - it will be treasured. Your weekend sounds intriguing.

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  2. That's very very clever, I'm sure they'll love it :-)

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  3. That is brilliant Gina.....the centurion is amazing! :)
    Well you're either going to an Abba themed party or your off to Ikea! ;) happy weekend whichever,V xxx

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  4. Such an original and appropriate piece.

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  5. That's amazing, particularly the lettering. Is it time for a Swedish themed dinner party by any chance?

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  6. Fabulous book cover, you've done an amazing job.

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  7. Fabulous work Gina, I'm sure the recipient will be delighted.

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  8. Great work Gina, let's hope it fits!!

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  9. Exceptional service - exceptional book cover! The detail is amazing.

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