Blantyre Gala Invitations
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with the Berkshire United Way to produce an invitation for "Be Dazzled By Blantyre," an event to mark the group's 90th anniversary. The gala was held at Blantyre, a mansion-turned-luxury-hotel in Lenox, Massachusetts. This turn-of-the-century marvel, designed by architect Robert Henderson Robertson for merchant & art collector Robert W. Paterson, is rumored to have been initially drawn on the back of an envelope. Ever the aristocrat, Paterson requested that his new home be modeled after the feudal castles of his Scottish ancestry, augmented with ferocious gargoyles, as well as magnificent towers and turrets.
The roaring '20s signified the venue's heyday. Throughout this decade, particularly lavish dinner-dances and garden parties were thrown, and these festivities inspired the invitation suite's gilded design. To strengthen my understanding of this era's aesthetic, I looked to vintage bookplates, advertisements, tarot cards, and patterns. An initial sketch of an abstracted crystal ball (featured below) became the impetus for the cover illustration.