Michelle Ward's November Crusade #46 is about framing, hanging and displaying our artwork. Although I should take this further and actually follow the advice and start putting stuff up in my house, I took this challenge and used it for a gift giving purpose.
Normally when it comes to special birthdays, anniversaries or weddings, I tend to give a small handmade token on the package or else present the gift with a handmade card. I've always sort of thought that gifting a framed creation would be a bit presumptuous, as if I actually expect the recipient to hang it up on their wall.
But the perfect occasion arose to do just this. A colleague of the hubby who I've known for years was turning 40. This is the same guy who said he wished I would do the artwork for every room in their dreadfully decorated company after my hubby hung up my CMYK canvas in his office! What artist would ever get tired of hearing a compliment like that? These are the same guys who work with Roland, my friend who asked me to make the New York artwork for his wife's 40th. Surely this was a sign...
So instead of my standard plain-old birthday card, I worked up an A4 journal page. The German word for printing is "Druck" so I made up a hybrid of "print" and his actual last name. So of course this really doesn't make sense unless you know him and then it's quirky and clever. The other element that's meaningful is the use of the color bar from a printer's sheet. These are normally trimmed away from the pages but since these guys do color proofing it's an appropriate element for the office. I bravely slapped it into a manly black frame and then I crossed my fingers in German.
The day after his party the hubs got a message, "tell your girl that I'm totally happy about the collage that's going up in my office!" Greetings, Druckert