|Posted by [email protected] on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM|
You know how everyone and their brother neighborhood, or private school, has some kind of slogany oval sticker on their rear window? Like Tybee Island is = TYB or Historic Savannah Foundation = HSF or Savannah Country Day School = SCDS? Yeah, that kind of thing and yes, its kind of a cool way to show off pride in where you live or where your kids go to school or whatever it is. Around here, these stickers are like badges of neccessity and on many vehicles sporting their biggest sticker, "Salt Life." That one personally makes me want to gag, but no offense. Its become kind of like those Salty Dog T-shirt every Jimmy Buffet fan in the world owns or something and I apologize for that being a me thing versus a you thing.Anyway, in the name of making one sticker above the rest, if just because Bonaventure Cemetery has that kind of cool neighborhood vibe of a different cut, we're proud to present how you can join the club by displaying one in your car or laptop or wherever stickery people place such things! So yeah, instead of that usual hassle the Grim Reaper gives you at the gates, you can just roll down your window and say, "Ahem, the sticker?" And yes, he'll wave his scythe and pass you on through.This sticker wasn't just thrown together either. As "simple" as it looks, we knew it had to mirror the look of the conventional, but have just the right tweaks to set it apart. We worked with Jen of Forever Young Creative http://www.foreveryoungcreative.net and she did a stand up job for us and was very economical too! So what are the special elements of design & thought? So glad you asked and if you're still reading this blog post, we're incredibly thankful that we have fans willing to read sticker philosophy. Ok, well, right away, if you know something about Bonaventure or have seen the word, than the design click in pretty quickly and that we replaced the "A" with a headstone, and the "T" with a Live Oak. And the following thought is purely for design professors, but can be enjoyed by others -- did you know that our design deconstructs the word "Bonaventure" back to its origins of "bon venture?" Yes, it almost reads without the "A," unless you know there is one in the complete word for the cemetery. But the translation either way, is pretty much "Good Venture," so the design is all at once one word version and then, a second or original way of expressing it. I know, I know, its too good. Now, as to the headstone we chose to use for the substitute of "A." Well, at one level, its particularly recognizable to anyone who has ever enjoyed Halloween or spooky cartoons. So yes, generic. But at another, its a shape that was common to both the Puritan and the Victorian eras, and one where the roundedness suggests a human figure or a spiritual one. Many of the slave, pauper and pre-marker (before large stone could be placed), grave markers, used to be just wood shaped people stuck in the ground. Some, but very few of those survive openly in cemeteries anymore. So yes, the very shape suggests someone standing there watching over, like an angel, or perhaps the spirit of the person, and suggesting in the latter, that although their bodies lie below, they are "above." Make sense? Yep, all of this from a sticker folks.The term "At Rest," Is also important, because a part of the "feel good" of Bonaventure, is how death was expressed in the Victorian Age vs The Puritan. In the former, headstones read, "Death" and "Died" and "Never Lived" and all very suggesting of a finale. In the question asking age of the Victorians? More death as transition -- "At Rest," "Not Dead, But Asleep," or "Awakened In The Arms of Jesus." Everything to suggest that death was only of the body, but the spirit lives on and on. And so putting that on the headstone in our lovely sticker design, was key to the expression of both the age, and the place. Alright, but we're tempted to say the Live Oak and Spanish Moss in our "T" tree, is our favorite bit. Let's face it, its pretty coy. And we shaped it about 10 different ways until it looked less like an "F" and more like a T. But a part of the reason its so double whammy and historically correct, is that pre 1834, the the plantation era of Bonaventure, Josiah Tattnall I, had all of the branches of the Live Oaks at Bonaventure pruned to form the initial of his last name and his partner, John Mullryne. And this is how people spoke of Bonaventure out there in the world of that period, the talked all about those trees spelling out letters! SO yeah, isn't that a cool co-inky-dink? So hope you enjoyed this lesson in Bonaventure Cemetery sticker design. It won't just be the coolest sticker on your car, it'll be a little history lesson you can share with others that will make them seriously wonder about you.