happy accidents in design
Daughter #2 and I have often found that mistakes inspire improved design. This keychain was made for a long-time soccer teammate/fellow band-geek friend of Daughter #2’s. Her family is from Australia (which is where she was born), and she now lives in the United States. We thought working the Australian flag on her keychain would be perfect, especially after our success with MK’s Union Jack keychain. However, despite many tries, we could not get the mini–Union Jack that appears in the flag’s upper left quadrant to work–the diagonals on this small scale were a killer and our attempts looked plain goofy. We carefully seam-ripped it out and considered other options. We finally settled on doing her initials in red and white in the upper left quadrant, which suggest the Union Jack, and keeping representations of the Commonwealth Star (in the lower left quadrant) and the Southern Cross constellation. We like how the design ended up as a personalized mash-up of the US and Australian flags–just right for Danielle.
For another special friend, Daughter #2 and I came up with a modern aqua/coral palette and chose a font and layout that emphasized the serifs and descenders. After D#2 needlepointed the name though, we realized the design was skewed to the right (rather than centered as intended) and there was too much empty space beneath the name. Hmm. . . .so for balance and fill, using ecru floss, we added rules beneath the name and a geometric pattern to the left. In the end, it looks better than if we had finished it as intended.
Happy Birthday, Danielle and Peyton!