The London Olympics are fast approaching and, although we do not expect to have a major role in the events, it is nice to be involved laterally. So it was a pleasure recently to add some typographical adornments to a tool box to be used by a farrier attending to some of the equestrian participants.
Gold leaf was the most fitting material for a dark stained wood and teamed with a bit of black shadow you have a timeless combination.
The headlines are all about the Torch Run and the weather. These combined when we were working in Windsor recently where a new West Cornwall Pasty Co. premises is taking shape in the shadow of the castle walls. As we were working on the windows the crowds were gathering to view the event, sadly the clouds were gathering too and both the torch bearer and tourists were drenched in a downpour. This prompted Her Majesty to enquire of the torch bearer “Did you get wet?” and a fair proportion of the masses to cram themselves under the very small overhang of the shop premises and attach themselves like clams to the windows we were trying to complete, darkening the already overcast day like a solar eclipse.
The Moss End show was under threat of cancellation for the first time in known history because of the weather as we completed another Virtue 3.5 horsebox for JMB HorsePower on the Friday before the event, the decals being a smaller version of the light blue box shown here previously. Hopefully some pictures will be available soon.
Another equestrian link requiring a marathon effort was the arrival of “Copenhagen” at Wellington College. Copenhagen was the Duke of Wellington’s favourite horse and who was famous for carrying his master throughout the Battle of Waterloo. A representation of his head has been beautifully crafted in bronze by Nic Fiddian-Green, pictures can be seen at www.nicfiddiangreen.com and at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-18626960.
Whilst Fedderer and Murray were making the headlines at Wimbledon, I made use of the very short-lived periods of dry weather I took the advantage and made some headlines in Guildford on a patch of wall in Bury Fields.
The spots of moisture on the lens prove that the authorities at Wimbledon were wise to have the sliding roof installed and closed for the final this year.
Also dodged around the weather were some signs for Peaslake Village Stores, produced to a design by local designers resident nearby. The chosen font had some interesting “glyphs”, this is a conjunction of two letters into a single form. This was shot during production. We look forward to seeing more exterior photos once the sun is shining in the beautiful Surrey Hills.
Meanwhile at the end of June, a delegation representing our home village of Bramley visited the German twin town of Rhens. The German news clips are featured on YouTube at “Wir in Rhens-Folge55”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFlwChXMSUE those of you who are German speakers will appreciate this most. Simon’s lettering art on a presentation notice board features at 10:13/45.01 for anyone wishing to fast forward.