In the world of awards and presentations, You want the awards you present to stand above the others. A machine-engraved brass plaque on a piece of wood?! C'mon—you can do much better than that! Give an award that your honoree will be proud to display—a real piece of original art. Not only do certificates make a unique and appealing piece of art, but they describe, in as many words as you wish, the details of a person's accomplishments or contributions. Hand-lettered awards of this quality are traditional heirloom pieces, passed down through the generations.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Being a man of the sea, and a big fan of WHOI's work, it was a real treat to create this certificate of appreciation. I was honored, years after the presentation of this piece, to hear that it is displayed in a highly visible position of honor in the recipient's library.
I have raced in this legendary harbinger of Summer many times—winning and placing on several occasions. This high-spirited weekend is full of fun and frivolity, with many offbeat traditions accumulating over the years. This certificate was designed as a keepsake for all participants. Border paintings include images from the race course; text is tongue-in-cheek humor well worth the read!
Watin Gilding Prize
I was honored to receive a call from the French Embassy in Washington, to prepare this certificate presented to David McCullough for his work in furthering French-American cultural relations. Created on vellum — wonderful!
Katharine Malone Prize — Wellesley
This special award was further personalized by utilizing the class colors of the recipient, as well as a field of Texas Bluebells—her favorite flower! Sorry 'bout the bad scan. I seem to have lost some copy in the scanning process.
President Clinton's Gift to PM of Greece
When one thinks "White House calligraphy", they typically conjure up images of treaties and proclamations and awards. The truth could not be much further, it is rare that we have the opportunity to design original pieces such as this. Greece was my inspiration for using papyrus, a material that I had long wanted to try to write on. I discovered that papyrus is, in fact, very difficult to write on! Woven strands of grass, pounded together while soaking do not yield the same wonderful surface as animal skin or quality paper. The text is drawn from President Monroes
"sixth annual message to the United States Congress" in which he eloquently waxes on about our relationship with Greece.