The History Behind Our Logo
While I was considering several designs and their modern and/or historical references, I started researching feathers in fashion and their use and depiction in the decorative arts. During the Renaissance era, handheld fans tipped with feathers became a luxury fashion trend. These fashion accessories were often highly embellished with gold or precious jewels and are depicted in Renaissance portraits of royalty and wealthy individuals. A good example is the Portrait of Queen Elisabeth I, as depicted by John Bettes (circa 1580's), which now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Below is the Portrait of Laura da Pola (circa 1543–44), the wife of an Italian nobleman, as painted by Italian artist Lorenzo Lotto. The painting remained in their family until it was acquired by the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Italy, in 1859. I love how the fan is attached to the elaborate gown by a gold fob chain to ensure that is not left behind.
Centuries later feathers continue to captivate. In stark contrast to the Renaissance portraits, these contemporary black and white photographs depict a single feather exuding a sense of simplistic beauty and sensible grace. They also exude a quite elegance that I find so very appealing.
Further research led me to delve into the realm of significance and symbolism of plumage. A feather is quite a powerful symbol and often related to spirituality and freedom. It is also an enduring symbol that signifies trust, strength, wisdom, power, hope, and freedom. The feather is also an object that is deeply revered in many cultures and serves as a sign of high honor. These are all qualities I would love Marbled Paper Studio to be known for. So, after much research and careful consideration, a simple outline of a feather was selected to represent Marbled Paper Studio...our logo was born.
This is our collection of custom logo wax seals. Seals are pressed regularly for letters and packages that are sent from the studio.
I hope you enjoyed learning about the history behind our logo. The logo may seem simple at first glance, but there was deliberate thought and careful consideration put into the design to ensure that it would be meaningful, timeless, and could be reflective of the brand for years to come.