Gilles & Cecilie Studio were commissioned to propose designs for the new 50p British Pound Sterling coin commemorating the life and creation of Beatrix Potter. It is an honoured to be called for such a special assignment.
Gilles & Cecilie presented 4 different design directions: In Situ, Portraits, Typographic and Tea Party. For the First direction they designed a series where the characters are drawn in their natural environments. Jemima Puddle Duck in wetland ground, Peter Rabbit is in the field, Squirrel Nutkin is on the forest ground and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is with her laundry in Little Town. For the second route they focused on the classic portrait. Beatrix Potter is portrayed in her floral hat with botanical illustrations in the background. Peter, Jemima, Nutkin and Tiggy are all portrayed in the same way as Ms Potter. A Victorian banner goes through the image with celebratory writings.In this direction Beatrix Potter is portrayed as a younger version of herself.
In the third direction Gilles & Cecilie were looking at Victorian graphic design and typography and found inspiration in their way of composing a message in an illustrative way. In this direction 2 samples are shown that both have text written and illustrative references to Beatrix Potter and her characters. Beatrix Potters hat is something that is visible in many photos of her, often embellished with flowers.
The fourth direction is a celebration and a party to celebrate Beatrix Potter. This direction is an imaginary tea party is happening where Beatrix and her characters are having tea together. Tea parties are a traditional British custom also popular in the countries these designs were aimed for. Reminiscence of making tea-party while playing out doors using what you find to create a celebratory scene.