The College Chair...Reimagined!
Call them college chairs, recognition chairs, insignia chairs, alumni chairs...my unique take on this traditional concept was originally conceived for Whittier College in California, to present to members of their distinguished circle of donors, their Poets Laureate. Philanthropists, civic leaders, alumni...the college wanted to thank them for their generosity, in a very personal way. And now this unique concept is available to you, your school, or your organization!
For your institution or event, I will create a unique, completely customized design to produce a truly one of a kind commemorative treasure.
The chairs you see pictured depict the life story each recipient as it intersects with the college. In order to tell that story for Whittier College, I learned quite a bit about their history to present an iconic image on the seat: the hallowed Diehl Hall nestled in the lush, park-like setting of the college. In the foreground is the Rock, a 101 year old piece of history that the students' societies (like fraternities and sororities) vie to paint in their signature colors--and each time, I depict the Rock in the colors of that recipient's society! Another bit of college lore, Friday the squirrel, pops up unexpectedly somewhere in the scene. The original Friday was the pet of the school's founder--and is said to be stuffed and lurking somewhere in the library...my version is a bit livelier!
What story can I tell for you?
The chair back is where I carefully build scenes that reflect more personal elements, specific to each donor. Details from their lives, careers, subjects of particular interest, specific gifts to the college...each donor will find a treasure trove of hidden references that will be uniquely meaningful to them, whether it's basketball courts, a love of air crafts, or chocolate chip cookies! The back consists of five slats, each 1 inch wide, so this story is told in small sections of minute detail, leaving your eyes and brain to fill in the negative space in between.
Each chair is then finished off with a hand painted artistic rendering of the college seal in gold leaf paint, and a hand-lettered legend reading "Poets Laureate."
****Visit my website, www.laraevestudios.com to see more pictures and details of the College Chair!****
Each chair is made of solid alder wood by Whittier Wood (a happy, unexpected naming coincidence), and I hand paint, stain, and seal each one using all non toxic acrylic paints and sealers. Dimensions are 21 1/2” (width) x 38 1/2” (height). Given the customized nature of each piece, please allow 12 weeks for completion.
Contact me, and let's start telling your story!
Payment may be submitted through Paypal or through Direct Checkout
Shipping costs vary by location and item, and a variety of shipping methods are available. For a quote, please send me a conversation with your zip code and the item in which you are interested.