March 29, 2011

World Collection: Fleur-de-lis

Fleur-de-lis is French for "lily flower." When many people see this symbol, they assume it is the symbol of France. Ironically, it is not associated with any French republics. It has appeared on postage stamps in France and it is associated with people of French origins though. It is currently seen on the Arms of the King of Spain and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. It is associated with French settlements, such as Quebec, St. Louis and Louisiana. So, while it's inherent nature is certainly French, the fleur-de-lis can be seen in many other countries which makes this truly a world symbol.

- Version 2

The fleur-de-lis is instantly recognizable and therefore has been reproduced countless times in as many different styles as there are artists. For my interpretation, I wanted the shape to be rounded and soft. I want this symbol to appear inviting and supportive of the main content, not to be the main focal point. I used the ornate, brightly colored frame to draw the eye to the copy, which is always the most important part of any invitation.

- Version 2

The shape of the frame is very interesting and I wanted to use it in a new way for the save-the-date. I used only a portion of it and framed the pattern, while using the shape of the frame again to draw the eye to the content. I wanted to keep the script font classic, but the copy font has a Parisian feel to it which goes very well with the fleur-de-lis theme. Like all the previous World Collection sets, this works well not only as an invitation, but also personalized stationery.

All of the World Collection sets will be available for purchase soon. Stay tuned!

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