GRAPHICS PRO

March '21

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5 2 G R A P H I C S P R O M A R C H 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z AT I O N not one in the general award sense, but it was a fairly expensive crystal decanter from Villeroy & Boch, with very convex surfaces. This decanter was an elegant and obvi- ously expensive item, and the thought of adding a colorful shoe to it did not sit well with me initially. But it was for a good customer, and so I was not going to say no right off the bat. We said we would think about a concept and get back to her with a layout. ASSESSING THE LAYOUT First of all, we would need to get an actual decanter from her because of all the curves in the glass object and they, her group, had already purchased them ahead of the tour- nament. So, in view of COVID-19 and all, we met like masked bandits in a parking lot halfway between our locations to re- ceive the decanters, seven in all. After I returned to the studio with the decanters, I realized what I would be up against: not just curves, but planes that A Special Golf Award A COLORFUL, NICHE SANDCARVING PROJECT B Y R U T H D O B B I N S The decant- er with all the curved surfac- es. (All images courtesy Ruth Dobbins) N ot too long ago, a previous cus- tomer of ours approached us to create another award for a golf tournament. Ok, I thought, re- membering the one we had done for her multiple times: a Martini glass with the winner's name etched into it. But no—she said this time it was going to be different. One of the ladies playing at her golf club had passed away and there was going to be a memorial golf game in her honor. She described the woman as a very col- orful one in many ways, but she had one defining identifier: she always wore col- orful high heels to the club house. These shoes were her trademark so to speak, and the customer wanted me to include that phenomenon in the award. Little did I know at that time that the "award" was B Y R U T H D O B B I N S D O B B I N S

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