Stacey Lamb, master artist, is one of 700 or so creative people who imagine new ideas for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. She has been inventing fresh and innovative works of art for the company for more than 25 years. Today, I am proud to show off her one-of-a-kind podium. It is a wonderfully functional piece of furniture that stands tall at Hallmark Cards children’s art exhibit called Kaleidoscope. The bright and fancy podium was fabricated for a Hallmark Illustrator and writer program that connects Kansas City school children with a team of creative professionals at Hallmark. If you would like to know more about Kaleidoscope and the educator program please visit: hallmarkkaleidoscope.com.
The structure is made from a 30 inch recycled cardboard concrete tube. The skin is galvanized sheet metal layered with parts like a custom created owl embossed from a 1/4-inch magnesium plate. The marque area features 3 inch multicolor acrylic mirror alphabet letters that attach to the structure by magnet backing. I personally enjoy the textural border made from used license plates. They were stripped to bare metal in paint thinner. Not only are they visually cool, but also they hold significant meaning to Stacey in that they come from her daughter’s collection.