The brief for these invites was ‘art deco, balloons and sausage dogs’, which isn’t a combination request that I receive every day, but they are three of Louise’s (the birthday lady) favourite things – especially sausage dogs – or more importantly, her sausage dog, Alfie (aka Sir Alfred Moon).
Picasso’s famous drawing of his own much loved pet ‘Lump’ formed the beginning of the sausage dog part – with the addition of a top hat that only the smartest pooch about town can wear, of course. Balloons feature in a typically art deco inspired geometric pattern, as no kitsch-y string is welcome here.
I’m happy to say that Louise was delighted with these, as were those she invited, sorry, Sir Alfred Moon invited. It’s going to be quite a do, I reckon!
Creatin’ birthday cards for me bucko’s young sprogs be always great fun. This year I thought I’d have a go at drawin’ a simple pirate ship for Jake’s second year – arrgh!
Sorry, I know it’s a bit early for national talk like a pirate day, but I couldn’t resist.
This was a very small and bespoke project that was enormous fun to do, as this wedding was a surprise – even to the select few who were ‘invited’ – the bride and groom’s parents. As there were only two keepsake invites required, my approach was to make it all intricate and hand-crafted for the happy couple – including their own ident that entwines the first letters of their names.
Both invites are completed with handmade bands and bows with window and door apertures that are augmented with opaque and pearlised stock. The entrance, which is based on my sketch of the Shottle Hall venue, can be removed from the front pocket and doubles as a VIP ticket.
All photographs are courtesy of L. Gratton.