Herald-what?

Heraldic achievements, ciphers, and coats of arms are often referred to today (at the chagrin of stickler historians!) simply as crests, illustrated monograms, emblems or badges. 

The general concept is to build a design with images that are full of personalization and meaning. We can go literal – and include shield-like shapes, motto ribbons, charges, and supporters. Or we can simply embrace the concept of designing artwork with you in mind- instead of mantling we can frame pieces with botanicals. I specialize in custom designs that reflect your passions. We’ll build your design around ideas and images that are near and dear to your heart, event or business. 

Your personalized design can become the basis for paper goods – say, a cohesive invitation and announcement suite, personal stationery, or a print to hang in your home. Or, we can explore special production concepts – like printing your design on a pair of high-end slippers!

For more on how I apply the concept to your wedding, click below.

Wedding Heraldry

What are some examples?

Wedding invitation card flats are recommended in 5.5in x 8.5in, with coordinating A9 contour flap envelopes. This leaves room for text to breathe within the design. For wedding suites we can also add other elements, including complex formats (folds, and mounting). You might incorporate a large scale version as the crux of a thank you card design, or add a small wedding logo to the top of a menu.

Personal, holiday or business stationery is recommended in a slightly smaller size of 5in x 7in flats, with coordinating A7 square flap envelopes.

Commemorative graphic art (think family crest, pet remembrance, special event retroactive, vows) is recommended in anything from an 8in square up to an 11in x 14in, perfect for framing. Inquire also for bespoke large format semi-abstract pieces, painted in acrylic, typically on black cold pressed paper. 

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