A custom made piece from first enquiry to final delivery
She took my half-baked idea of what I wanted and turned it into a beautiful piece of artwork — with so many personal touches hidden within.
A few months ago I was contacted by a very considerate, sweet lady Emily, who wanted me to make a unique parting gift to give to her nanny because her son is now going to daycare.
She wanted the piece to be a memory to their family, so she asked me to include her son. And as her nanny took him to the swings often, she suggested a bucket swing as well.
The family dog couldn’t be missed either. Emily sent pictures over of her dog and her son, so I could recreate them as true to life as possible.
Besides these main features, she wanted me to include a few other things: the year “2017”, a monkey and a frog (from favorite books and toys) and the Brazilian flag (nationality of the nanny).
Designing the papercut
I decided to make a scene in the park featuring their happy boy in his bucket swing under the watchful eye of their family dog. The “originals” (dog and boy) needed to be resembled as closely as possible in the design, so I used multiple pictures that were sent to me to create the design.
The other elements to be incorporated, were more blend in, in the environment, as they weren’t supposed to be a main feature. Can you spot the “2017” (this one’s obvious), monkey, frog and Brazilian flag?