Recently, I was given the opportunity to design an event invitation for the Philadelphia on Stone book launch party on October 23 at The Library Company. As the party is an ode to the great lithography of the Victorian era, I played with styles and themes from the time period, namely Victorian photo-collage.
When putting together the invitation, I decided to take a straightforward approach. I created a digital collage using the photographic heads of prolific lithographers and pen and ink drawings of their bodies, the library setting, and the lithograph press. I can see why the practice was so popular because once I combined the first photograph with my drawing I could not help but smile and laugh. In an era where a photograph could not capture a smile due to the long exposures needed, the whimsy of Victorian photo-collage brought a cheerful element of play that was lacking into family albums.
I spent hours pouring through images of 19th century fashion. The Victorian gentleman certainly liked to mix patterns. It was a lot of fun to draw and I think I learned some new styles. You might notice an touch of Edward Gorey, especially in the background drawing. You check out more on the LCP blog!