Thursday, November 12, 2009

Calligraphy and Design Project

This is something I've been working on for a while now and is almost finished. The Joliet Fire Department hired me to design this project to honor their retirees from as far back as the early 1900s.

When we initially began talking about it, we realized that to do a hand-done masthead for each of the 7 sheets would bust their budget. So, I came up with the solution to design a masthead in Illustrator, include their historical logo, and typeset a special fireman quote on each of the 7 sheets. We decided that I would hand-letter the almost 400 names. (The names in ochre designate the rank of chief.) I chose a simple Uncial form for the letters. (Photo 3)

Each sheet was then printed as a 19" x 31" giclée print. There were designed with the lines for lettering printed in a 10% shade of gray, so they are very faint. We decided that it would be better to have those lines there (instead of erased) to minimize damage in the future. Because this is an ongoing project, there may be other calligraphers involved as more people retire. The less handling of the paper, the better.

There is also gilding on each one of the seven sheets. In the second photo, you see a close-up of the masthead. The stars that flank the word "Joliet", as well as the JFD logo are gilded with real gold leaf. You may not be able to see this in the first photo, but the stars that flank "List of Retirees" are also gilded.

Each one will be double-matted (soft white for the larger; gold for the inner thin mat), then framed in a very simple, classic black 24" x 36" frame. (I'll post some pics of the framed pieces some time this weekend.)


dthaase said...

wow - impressive! great work

Lisa Holtzman said...

Talk about a big undertaking. Nice budget solution to the 7 pages. Great job!

zquilts said...

Really nicely done!
Beautiful work !

Just want to let you know that I did send you an email.If you haven't gotten it - check your spam file!

WildmanDesigns said...

Thanks for looking, everyone! And welcome to my blog, Marie. :-)