It's been a great summer. We've done some fun day trips, had quite a few lazy days at home, and travelled to the north of the country for several glorious days. I'm going to organise my photos and post them here soon, but in the meantime I can now show you this invitation design, created for a dear friend's daughter who celebrated her Bat Mitzvah this last weekend.
I know the young lady in question quite well, since her family visit Israel often and we always hook up when they are here. After a few emails back and forth I was able to put together a design which pretty much included all of her current interests and hobbies.
Aviva's Mum told me that one of the most important things in her daughter's life is her violin. Apparently she is a superstar with it and it *had* to feature in the invitation design. The Bat Mitzvah girl also plays the piano, so references to music - notes, treble clefs and staves - were suggested. She is very artistic, loves reading and is very studious too. All those attributes were incorporated into the design. Finally, Mum said the colour scheme was to be purple and that, if I was able, I should use both English and Hebrew in the design.
I have shown Aviva with her violin under her chin and a book in her right hand. A couple of pencils and some papers are nearby. Apparently she always wears a flower in her hair too, so a lilac one, to match the colour scheme, was a must! I initially had a piano in the top corner of my design but we all agreed that it felt too crowded. The music notes somehow looked younger and lighter.
I was delighted to receive my own invitation in the post a few weeks after I had sent my artwork to the UK (below), though I was less delighted to realise that it simply wasn't on the cards for me to travel abroad this summer. However, my friend told me that everyone was "raving about them [the invitations]" and that her daughter especially was very happy with my work.
Next up, Aviva's album. I'm saving that for another post.