St George’s Day: Create Your Own Dragon Lock Box

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Happy St George’s day!

By Susie George, Urban Eat resident artist

St. George’s day is very close to my heart. George is not only my namesake but his anniversary is also the name of my design studio – Twentythree04. And it’s no coincidence this date was chosen.

Dragon myths aside, George is a worldwide historical icon and unlike most Christian saints in that he was not a man of peace but an armed warrior famous for his ruthlessness in battle.

St George stands for charity for the less fortunate, free expression,, good nature, tolerance, and standing up for your beliefs; values we wholeheartedly embrace in life and through our work.

Over the years we’ve celebrated this day with different artworks. Among my favourite influences is this visual illusion, or ‘double picture’ created by Swiss artist Sandro Del-Prete in 1986.

I love this picture so much because it’s so clever. In the image, you can see both St George and, in his face, the scene where he is fighting the dragon. The picture is recursive.

A crafty fun fave we created ourselves is this cute dragon box:

Although this looks intricate, it’s actually a pretty  simple, locking box folded out of a single piece of paper with added eyes and a tail to complete the final effect. They look quite effective as table settings for adults or kids!

If you’d like to have a little creative fun to celebrate St George’s Day we’ve included the template to download.

It’s quite fitting, we think, to print this out large enough to pop an URBAN eat Legends sandwich in

We printed ours onto food-safe paper (the ink is on the outside and shouldn’t come into contact with the food, but you can also wrap the goodies in baking parchment or foil)

Download template

Happy St George’s Day!

Want to know more about our patron saint? This is a great source:
http://www.royalsocietyofstgeorge.com/history_of_st_george.htm

 

Why not share your ST. George’s Day artwork creations with us on Facebook or Twitter, we’d love to see them!