IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS
As you can probably tell, I’m a little bit obsessed with detail. Not just in the way I draw sometimes, but also in the way things are put together. When we decided to create a hand illustrated map to accompany Apologies, I have None’s record ‘London’, I could barely contain my excitement.
With a limited run of 100 copies came the potential to make something really personal. So, after a number of discussions about the perfect paper colour, paper weight, wax colour and stamp design, (I’m not sure if I mentioned that I’m a complete stationery geek) everything was ordered and ready to go.
I’m not sure why exactly, but being involved in the process start to finish is something I just have to do. This isn’t always convenient for everyone involved – halting the map folding because I had to make sure I was there to oversee it, making sure the boys were ‘doing it properly’ and casting an eye over the envelope stuffing to make sure they all went in the right way up. Sealing the envelopes nearly pushed me over the edge. Making sure we used the correct amount of wax (no drips please) with our faulty lighters was tense at times, and positioning the carefully chosen ‘A’ on our quickly drying wax a challenge to say the least.
Hand writing each name in pen and ink on the front was the final touch, and with this came a great sense of relief (and bed time).
I was thrilled with the end result and genuinely think it was worth the effort. So much so that I made myself one – sealed it, never to be opened again.