Sunday, December 14, 2014

QLA 2014

One of the commissions we had to finish before we went away was the trophies for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards. We were honoured to be asked to create them again, along the same lines as last year, but with a bit of variation.


We kept the covers the same - with an updated logo on the front and the words of author/poet David Malouf on the back. The inside of the covers was different - various swirly florentine patterns from recycled EPNS trays.

Barry cut and polished the metal and gave me some spares to acts as embossing plates.  We had the words and logo etched into the metal, but my, you learn a lot working with recycled materials as you are never sure what is in them and how they will react.  There were several 'sick to your stomach' moments when the etching just rubbed right off! We learnt which metal we could use and why, but not after multiple trips up and down to the shop where it was done.


As a result Barry has lots of pieces he can use for books and earrings!

I embossed the inside pages with the florentine designs and wrote the names of the winners. It was such a joy to see so many fabulous books and people rewarded!




Together we riveted the perspex covers surround over the covers and the pages.

Then I stitched them up with my own weird and wonderful binding which I have to remind myself how to do each year!







They were packaged up in their signature orange pouches and popped in the post. We weren't able to be at the ceremony this year, but from all accounts the recipients were thrilled.


10 comments:

  1. Why wouldn't they be thrilled....awesome trophies!

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    1. Thanks Jo - I'd be happy to receive one I think!

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  2. Beautiful trophies, Fiona, and a lovely combination of your and Barry's talents.

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    1. Thanks Carol, it's a really good collaboration as you say; we each do our special bit and the result can be really worth it!

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    1. Thanks Velma, I appreciate your words; they mean a lot. Go well.

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    1. Thanks Anna! I also like orange which makes it even better!

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  5. So, so beautiful. Embossing and etching - two of my favourite things in life. What lucky recipients. Blessed twice over by winning and then having such a stunning memento of their success.

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    1. Thank you Lesley I think it is rather wonderful that the folk who run he Awards get artists to make individual trophies - rather than getting a kitsch trophy engraved with their name or something. We have been honoured to be asked to do them both times and I really love that some of my favourite authors now have a piece of our work on their shelves! Go well.

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