I've just learned so much about this registered charity who do fine work for orphaned children in Russia. I was delighted to work on a special envelope gift for their founder, Debbie Deegan, in appreciation to one of their patrons.
The brief was simple; an envelope which is uniquely Irish and with a quotation from one of our great poets, William Butler Yeats;
"I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
W.B. Yeats (1865–1939)
"He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven"
Time and budget did not allow for hand-drawn Celtic illumination so I used a rubber stamp (I knew these would prove useful at some point!) and finished off with a wax seal.
Ok, burning wax can be very incendiary....perhaps I should have recruited a grown-up to help...but all went well in the end. Here is the final envelope, on Debbie's chosen hand-made paper envelope;
I was just thrilled to be asked to provide the in-store calligraphy services for Molton Brown's beautiful new store in Grafton Street, Dublin. Their line of filled festive bauble products was a genius idea and their customers loved them. My job was to personalise the baubles on demand with names. So I chose the Edding metallic gold and silver chisel-nibbed pens which proved a good choice - though they do expire quickly and the nib gets weathered and feathered after a short time. Thankfully I calculated the number of pens accurately though, which was key with the volume of names to be painted.
The launch party was wonderfully festive, with bubbly, canapés and a jazz band.
I apologise for my grubby hands, but metallic ink, you know....
And here is a selection of baubles;