A modern take on a classic form. The seal, or crest, is a piece of art that has always been around in some manner of speaking. Whenever the first person put a marking on their house to indicate it was theirs, the crest was born. Over the years they became more complex and integrated more and more details of a family’s heritage. And then they passed on down through generations, taking on new details and meaning.

With this concept, I was tasked with creating a crest for the Lansing-based band Wordsworth that plays at Riverview Church. To match the culture of Riverview, I decided to take this project in a much simpler direction rather than more illustrative.

Wordsworth Album

The bricks intend to represent one’s life, the cities we build, and the daily labor of building and maintaining our individual lives as they play a role in the greater community. The left half of the crest features a stark contrast between the perfect lines and the organic form. They don’t intersect and yet are intimately positioned. This is intended to echo the perfection and brokenness that is such a theme of the Gospel.

The organic form itself can be interpreted as a vine, a thorn, a root, or simply an abstraction belonging to the plant family. A vine pulls it’s life from a central source, and yet a thorn chokes out life at the source. A root begins life and a thorn can end it. These themes of life and death, interior and exterior forces, and the overall image of vines are prevalent throughout the Gospel message.