This logo was designed for my side project, Valkyrie Adventures a travel & homeschool blog selling related apparel. I chose this name as it appeals to the nordic viking in me. The logo practically made itself with the natural shape of the V&A together, making that quintessentially curvy hour glass silhouette. The wings made the perfect addition as they represent both the Valkyrie iconography and the freedom intrinsic in travel and living a an unconventional lifestyle.
I think this project may have been one of the highlights of my career! It came to me through EuropeAxess when Msg. Charles Azzopardi, Rector of the Our Lady of Europe Shrine in Gibraltar commissioned two memorial stained glass windows to be designed for the Shrine.
The brief was to reflect the Moorish roots of the building. We researched Moorish murals and I created vector versions of the Bishop and Pope crests and shrine emblems that were to feature in the windows. We created a highly intricate design echoing the ancient motifs of the times before the Christian era.
However after a visit to Barbara and her son’s workshop nearby in Spain it was clear that the rustic artisan methods and the precise intricate motifs were not going to marry happily.
They came up with counter proposals, which were quite far from the original brief, but much more suited to the production methods to be employed.
At this point I travelled to Gibraltar and, with Angela, was able to sit down with both parties in turn and fine tune a design that used larger shapes, less glass cutting and more glass painting for the more intricate details.
The final design was the perfect balance between what the church had asked for and what was possible from the glass artists’ perspective.
I have always loved working with glass as a medium, painting on discarded glass that I found as a teenager, so I revelled in thinking how the colours and patterns would look in situ, making sure that it didn’t block out too much light on dull days and glowed on sunny days.
I worked in Illustrator to make sure the images would be high resolution when full size and as clear as possible for the glass artist to work from.
When Beth got in touch with me, she was very excited about her new Interior Design business venture. I visited with her in her beautifully furnished home and over a cup of tea, plans were made for not only a new website, but a logo and a social media strategy.
Using her name as the business identity, Beth requested a logo made out of her initials, which could hopefully be made to look like furniture. It is lovely working with other creative people, she already had the concept, so I got to narrow down my focus and produced 3 different logo’s for her to choose from.
The final product is polished and classy, just like the lady herself.
After building raised beds for me, John asked me to design a logo for him. I suggested we do an exchange of services, logo for more gardening and general garden maintenance. He was really pleased with his logo and I was very pleased with my raised beds, tidy garden and fixed fence!