Right royal job for cal­lig­ra­pher

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Grand plans: the pro­posed site for the new shop­ping cen­tre

Royal touch: Artist Hay­ley Hamil­ton with her cal­lig­ra­phy em­boss­ing for the Queen’s chair

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