Do you ever feel that, some days, you just want to set everything on fire? I know! Me too! Fortunately for me, LA Opera was able to help me out and provide an outlet for my pyromaniacal tendencies.
While brainstorming the look for the fire-themed Opening Night gala, we knew we had to reference fire without getting too literal. We hit upon the idea of using the by-product of fire to create the event title and although we couldn’t get an invitation made out of smoke to work, what came out of that idea was, we think, even better.
With a direction in mind, I took the implements of destruction (a borrowed pink Bic lighter, a pad of white plain paper and a hose in case of emergency) and headed outside so as to not burn down our lovely new office.
Things that were learned during this experiment:
- While you think alcohol would be flammable, it turns out that painting with 8 year old rubbing alcohol and trying to light it on fire only leads to a wet, blotchy piece of paper.
- Despite our name, nobody at Studio Fuse carries a lighter. Our friendly neighborhood spa, Cote d’Azur, on the other hand, needs something to light all those aromatherapy candles and were happy to help us set things on fire.
- Blowing gently helps the embers singe the paper better. Blowing a little harder makes for a full on conflagration.
- Having access to an outdoor water source is good. Wearing close-toed shoes is better.
The results turned into an excellent starting point for an idea that we’re really proud of. The final version is still smoldering on our server, but we’ll be sure to update once the final invitation is hot off the presses. @jes_fuse
Note: Forgive us for the puns… but sometimes you’re just on fire.