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I made this Anniversary Card for my partner in 2003. I couldn't decide on keeping the path lines visible, so I made one with and one without. The original file is in InDesign.The Lines of Text say
The Circle of LifeThe Text Inside The Card Says
The Stream of Time
The Circle of Our Love
The Circle of Our Dreams
Matthew Loves Greg
Greg Loves Matthew
My Dearest Greg,
As we travel along the path of time,
my love for you grows evermore stronger.
With all my Love,
I was looking for a way to use typography to express my love in a unique way. I thought of how I had different things I wanted to say. I had already told him in bronze, "As Time is eternal, so is our love." But I still wanted to interject the concept of time into our love and our relationship. We were together 13 years then, and 21 years now.
Relationships are somewhat chaotic, not all nice and neat and tidy. I wanted something somewhat chaotic, but I am Autistic and I am thus somewhat ruled by order, so why not use order in an intermingled and thus chaotic way, using order to create chaos? I also wanted turning circles like the gears of the clock of time.
Relationships survive when partners bend like two palm trees in the hurricane winds of life. The challenging rock in the river of time sees the water flow around it, dividing into two paths and then rejoining on the other side of the rock in chaotic swirls and eddies. Thus the river's flow is not stopped by challenging rocks, it simply flows around and come back together again, whole again. In this way, relationships, a team of individuals, work tother to overcome obstacles without being broken upon the rocks.
I wanted to show the sinuous path of the stream of time as it meanders through the turning circles of our lives, our love and dreams, through order and chaos, steady and unstoppable.
Somehow, I do not think he saw much of that, but I know it is there, and my heart smiles.