Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kings and Queens and Beads, Oh My!

Yes, Mardi Gras was last Tuesday, but I wanted to share with you some design work I did for the King of Mardi Gras Juvenile Carnival Court, Benjamin Partridge Cummings Jr. I met with his mother, Laura Cummings before Christmas, and we have been working diligently since then. Laura was a joy to work with and I loved getting to know her! 

As you should know, Mobile is the original Mardi Gras, and believe me, as a "transplant" to this town, you can't help but notice the pride Mobilians have in that title. For weeks, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliant-colored floats and of course the crowds of parade goers that is Mardi Gras in Mobile. There is a lot that goes into Mardi Gras, especially for the King and Court's family...whew...it reminded me of planning a wedding! 

Below is King Ben's royal monogram I designed. The rakes and cowbells symbolize the history of Mobile Mardi Gras. Ben's family played a major role in the Mardi Gras history, which made it even more special. Here is excerpt from the Press Register article:
"Most Mardi Gras royals have relatives who were involved in Carnival festivities in the past. But Benjamin Partridge Cummings Jr., the 2011 juvenile king for the Mobile Carnival Association, has a unique claim to fame. His fourth great-grandfather (that’s the great-great-great-great grandfather) was an antebellum Mobile hardware store owner whose rakes, cowbells and other tools helped found Mobile’s very first mystic society."
This hand-assembled pocketfold Coronation invitation features a custom-designed royal monogram for the MCA's Juvenile King.
Cups and doublooms were designed with a similar theme...
Below is the royal crest designed for Ben, which illustrates and symbolizes everything that he loves...
A great picture and article of Ben in the paper.

And finally, I designed neckties for Ben and his family to give as gifts. I've never designed clothing before, let alone neckties, so this was a fun and challenging project.

What an incredible honor for the entire Cummings family, and I was truly grateful to be a part of it.


  1. So cool you got to be involved in such a unique project with so much Mobile Mardi Gras history! Love those neck ties too!

  2. That is incredible! Wow...very, very, wow!

  3. you are so talented. love all of this had


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