Some videos I compiled from a selection of photos taken of the facsimile, and the official photo-shoot taken on the 3rd April 2017. An amazing day, and a real privilege to be able to take the Declaration of Arbroath 3D replica to the place where this most treasured of Scottish documents was drafted, by Abbot Bernard, almost 700 years ago . . . the Arbroath Abbey.
With a few other videos of interest.
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In the Sacristy of the Arbroath Abbey . . . an amazing space, filled with echoes of the past.
The most famous document in Scotland’s history has been awarded special status by the United Nations. UNESCO has included the Declaration of Arbroath in its UK ‘Memory of the World’ register. The original document is in the keeping of National Records of Scotland.
A selection of monochromatic images . . . with a dash of colour. The Declaration of Scottish Independence tartan features.
A close-up 'flyover' of the Declaration of Arbroath 3D facsimile. I took these images after finishing the assembly of the first replica, the prototype. After countless hours of work and pre-planning it eventually came together, and the result was stunning. Since these images were taken more development took place in adding more realism to the seals themselves.
After completing my first batch of orders 25 facsimiles, or so, were framed and completed.
About half of these were delivered to my Arbroath studio for customer collection (the other pieces remained at my Stirlingshire-based framer for customers more southerly located for easier collection). It was an amazing day to see these all together! The sun was coming and going (through the studio window) in a partially clouded sky, and sunbeams occasionally bathed the facsimiles (which are not only created using fully archival, UV light resistant inks and paper, but also glazed under museum quality UV-filtering non-reflective glass).
These incredible photographs were taken, and the details seen was stunning! The glass is almost invisible and has to be seen to be believed . . . almost like a 'force-field' instead of picture glass. The 3D box frames are also more than a frame . . . a substantial three-dimensional construct, produced in collaboration with Richard White, at the Aizle Framing Co, by Balfron, Stirlingshire. The frame not only enhances the art piece but fully protects it ensuring it remains in original condition for many years to come.
The amazing glass used to protect the Declaration of Arbroath 3D Fine Art Facsimile!
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A wee video I took showing some of the work done to digitally 'disassemble' the Declaration of Arbroath official image, in order to re-create the three-dimensional reconstruction of the fine art piece. Taking months and countless hours to create, this video only shows a small insite into the creative processes taken to create the replica.
The Declaration of Arbroath 1320 - a recital by Jock Ferguson
The Declaration Of Scottish Independence tartan
By Steven Patrick Sim
The official visit to Bute Fabrics on the Isle of Bute 2nd April 2015. The designer being presented with the complete and now woven Declaration tartan. First bolts now produced. Created by Scottish designer Steven Patrick Sim, the Tartan Artisan Arbroath, the tartan celebrates almost seven centuries of Scottish history.
Woven by Bute Fabrics, the tartan is the only one of its kind visibly representing the two Scottish flags ...the tartan also paying tribute to the Declaration of Arbroath 1320, and Scotland's ongoing fight for freedom and independence.
The tartan was then officially launched on Tartan Day 6th April 2015, exactly one year after its inspiration, and design.
The tartan is an official tartan registered at the Scottish Register of Tartans. Ratified on the Observance of St. Andrew's Day 31st December 2014 (with permission granted by the Scottish Government).