When we began this project we asked falconers and non-falconers what single object or image they identify most with falconry . There was a range of great answers from bells to specific birds such as eagles. Two objects stood out as the most identifiable objects representative of falconry. Falconers identified with a hood as the most symbolic object, non-falconers identified with a bird on a glove as being the most symbolic of falconry. Incorporating both images, the artwork of the Falconer’s Creed is a celebration of the symbols that represent falconry.
Drawing Stage – where ideas come to life. Before engraving begins scale drawings are created. Creating dimension in embossed pieces can be very difficult and it is at this stage that the opening of the hood, proportional rear braces and necessary depth is determined.
Gold embossed art pieces when displayed are stunning in the way they capture light and showcase detail. The embossing of the hood is done with a specific type of gold foil to maximize light capture and detail. This is especially noticeable in the beautifully sculpted feathers. The hood embossing is a two stage process. The gold foil is cut out and applied to the paper and then the embossing is pressed into the gold from behind. This allows the gold foil to be placed in precise spots ensuring the intricate detail is maintained. This is precision work for the press crew; if the foil or embossing is a fraction out that piece is discarded.