GRAPHIC DESIGN

Our graphic designer was of the home grown variety.  Avril Wirzba-Heckley is a former Coalhurst High School student.  She came on board (with very little arm twisting required) to create the multi-layered image you see in the upper right on each page of this site.  The same image appears on all the promotional materials for the 2013 production.  Inspired by  historical photographs, her design pays homage to the hard working miners and to the mine tipple that marked the skyline of Coalhurst for decades. Avril worked with archival images, which owe their unusual color to the fact that they were likely created from degraded slides, to generate several potential designs. The results are stunning and evidence of Avril's incredible talent as a graphic designer.  You can contact her at avril_dive@hotmail.com.

Avril also created a second image that  is based on the infamous Coalhurst "dump" or slag pile.  This towering mountain of slag coal was central to many stories shared by those who lived in the community; scavenging coal for their homes and even, according to some reliable sources, enjoying a precarious ride down curled up inside an old tire in summer or piled three high on a toboggan in winter.  This design will be used on t-shirts that will be available for purchase. 

If you think you know any of the people in the images - the miners on the poster or the children in front of the slag pile, we would love to hear the back story of the photographs.

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