A local company has applied its unique expertise to bring a luxury finish to a limited edition boxed set commemorating the life and work of Celtic FC’s founder, Brother Walfrid.
ACA Presscutters, based in Inchinnan, has produced the set on behalf of Glasgow arts group The Nine Muses which owns the 5x4foot original oil painting which sits at the altar of St. Mary’s Church, the second oldest church in the archdiocese of Glasgow. Everyone involved is working alongside, and has the support of, St Mary’s Church.
The boxed set – limited to 1,888, to reflect the year Celtic FC played its first match – comprises a 60 minute documentary on the life and times of Brother Walfrid, narrated by actor Peter Mullan and directed by BAFTA winner Paul Hineman, as well as an A3 numbered print depiction of Brother Walfrid by top Scots artist Peter Howson.
The 3D embossed, matt laminated and spot varnished front of the bespoke luxury presentation box, which features metallic gold printing onto black, giving a bronzed impression, as well as multilayer UV varnishing, displays a reproduction of Howson’s Brother Walfrid.
It was at the school attached to St Mary’s Church, where Brother Walfrid spent 1869 to 1874 working as a teacher. In 1887 he set up a football team to raise money for the ‘penny dinners’ which fed children in his care. That team went on to become Celtic FC, the first British football team to win the European Cup.
Joe Keenan, ACA’s Managing Director, said: “when we discussed the project with the designers, they were taken aback by the production options we knew we had available. Our work has resulted, we believe, in the presentation box being as much a work of art as the painting itself.
“I am immensely proud of the ACA team’s extraordinary ability to use techniques like foil embossing and multilayer varnishing to take the Brother Walfrid presentation box from being simply a good product to becoming an exceptional one.
“Some designers may not yet be aware of what is possible in today’s world of print finishing. Their printers, expert though they may be, might not necessarily want to suggest any finish that means sending work out, so we would always advise them to speak to an expert finisher about what is possible.”
With this in mind, ACA is in the process of arranging a series of open days for members of the advertising and design community to assist a better understanding of what is possible with contemporary print finishing techniques.
To find out more information on The Nine Muses, visit brotherwalfridart.co.uk.
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