11 Sep Hello September: Weddings, Jane Austen 200 and summer reading
Didn’t you just pop up out of the blue.
September always feels like a very in between month for me, summer is over but not quite and we haven’t yet turned towards the winter months. Wedding season is nearly over and the orders are now for graduation presents and back to school gifts.
The last few months have flown by and so I thought it was time to do a round up post of what has been happening here at six0six design, including wedding season, working on Jane Austen 200 and summer reading. I got great feedback on May’s Instagram round up so I thought I would follow the same format once again.
June was definitely the start of wedding season. Myself and my assistant were inundated with map print orders. Some map artworks couldn’t be created using vintage maps, either the location was too specific or obtuse or too modern.
So, rather like with the map pens, I found myself hand illustrating many map hearts. This will definitely evolve into a new product design in the near future.
The Finishing Touches
I think it is the finishing touches that really make an order special so if it is going straight to the recipient we make sure it is looking its very best! Below is a personalised anniversary print which I gift wrapped in a luxury wallpaper.
To make sure the postman takes very good care of our parcels, here I added some fragile tags.
Jane Austen 200
I was delighted to be commissioned to do a special collection of pencils in collaboration with author Rose Servitova for the Jane Austen 200 celebrations. To give you some background, Jane Austen died 200 years ago this year and to commemorate the author and her work there have been events all over the world in memory of her.
In Ireland Limerick has been the hub for these events. You can see more details on the facebook page here
Here are the Pride and Prejudice quote pencils that I created for their Afternoon Tea event during the summer. The quote we used, possibly the most famous from Austen’s novel, was
This time I used a quote from Jane Austen’s novel Emma. It is in the scene where Mr. Knightley confesses his love for our heroine Emma.
Find out more information on the Afternoon Tea here
I would also highly recommend checking our Rose Servitova’s novel The Longbourn Letters
In the studio
A collection of behind the scene shots of work in the studio.
All of the map artworks for the wedding and anniversary prints use vintage maps. I have a vast collection of maps, from vintage National Geographic maps to atlases and road maps.
My favourite are probably the Ordnance Survey maps or the really old National Geographic ones.
Each one has a little scroll with the meaning of their name on it. I am fascinated by etymology, the meaning of words and always love making up these personalised pendants. You always find out something that you didn’t know.
You could probably guess that Olivia comes from the Latin oliva meaning olive. It is widely thought to be first used by William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night in 1602 but in fact there is historical records that show it occurring as early as the 13th century. A name with a history then!
Each order that leaves the studio, from our book pencils to the keepsake boxes, all have a little note from the maker included. That’s me. The note tells my customers about when and where their item was made and the materials and process used.
It is a small handmade chain and I think it is really important to show that process to the lovely customers who choose to buy from six0six design.
Detroit . Windsor . Lincoln Park . Royal Oak . Dearborn . Grosse Pointe . Roseville . Pontiac – one of my favourite things when making the map artwork is to read all the names of the towns and cities, imagining what they are like. Sometimes sporting a name I recognise or one that is identical to a place closer to home.
Taking a Break
When you run your own business, especially one where you are designing and making everything in house it can be very hard to get away and take a break. But I was determined to take a proper holiday this summer. One where I actually switched off and relaxed. So I ended August with an actual SUNNY holiday. I read a lot of books, and it was so lovely.
I finally got around to reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. A fascinating read, all about how we think, instinct and the detrimental nature of too much information.
Thank you for reading, see you next time,