Right royal job for calligrapher
PART-TIME resident and artist Hayley Hamilton had a right-royal job to perform recently.
Ms Hamilton was asked by a leading designer to use her talents and emboss two chairs with her calligraphy skills for use by Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip for their boat ride up the Brisbane River on Monday.
Asked by designer Jean-Christophe Burckhardt of Christophe Living - a leading French furniture and interior design specialist in Sydney - to hand-write the calligraphy for the labels underneath the two chairs specifically made for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Ms Hamilton said it was an “absolute delight” but also quite nerve-wracking.
“It’s not every day you get asked to do something for the Queen but apart from that the chance to work on something as exquisite as these two chairs was also a real privilege and is quite rare work,” Ms Hamilton said.
“I had to do a couple of practice runs before I was ready to use the gold thread which is so fragile that if you make even the smallest of mistakes you have to start all over again.”
The fine Louis XV armchairs were carved in Italy by some of the world’s best craftsmen and carved from solid European Beech.
They were then shipped back to Sydney and then gilded and upholstered in a deep-blue velvet with a rich sheen.
The armchairs were commissioned especially for the occasion by a leading Queensland businessman.
Ms Hamilton divides her time between living in Port Douglas and painting in her art studio which is located directly under the Harbour Bridge in The Rocks, Sydney.
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Royal touch: Artist Hayley Hamilton with her calligraphy embossing for the Queen’s chair