Monday, 25 January 2010
I have an interest in “smeedijzer” designs. (Sorry, I don’t know the English word.) When we were in Lissabon last summer, I have seen some very beautiful examples, but I was there only for a day and didn’t make any photo’s. I hoped to find a book about it, but I didn’t. But last week I found this book:
It is not the book that I hoped for, but there are some beautiful designs in it. Here is just one random example:
I wanted for a long time to do something with these designs, but apart from piles of useless sketches of possible patterns in the traditional style, no idea came to my mind. Until a few days ago, when I started to incorporate letters in the designs. Next I made designs with only letters.
Not all words drawn/written in this way are very well readable, like this ”Showcase”:
After a while I noticed that the designs look better when there is a frame around them.
Of course, the readability depends on the words used. This sentence is probably beyond communication:
This is one of my favourites:
Short names work out best:
Of course I made CD cover in this style (but there is no CD yet):
If anybody wants her or his name made into a “smeedijzer” fence design, just ask.