Designer Troy Lee Uses Century Old Artistic Technique in Finished Product
HELMETS DEBUT TODAY ON NBC 4:30 PM PST/7:30 PM EST NOTRE DAME – MARYLAND GAME
LOS ANGELES, CA – November 12, 2011 — The University of Notre Dame will celebrate its Shamrock Series football matchup TODAY, Saturday, November 12th, against the University of Maryland, wearing helmets specially designed and painted by Southern California-based Troy Lee Designs.
Created in partnership with adidas, this year’s Shamrock Series helmets took over one month to complete, with more than 4 hours of meticulous hand-craftsmanship going into each helmet. Using time-honored artistic practices, the Notre Dame helmets are covered with spun 24-carat gold leaf and have been machine-turned more than 200 times. This particular process, credited entirely to the craftsman at Troy Lee designs, provides the Shamrock Series helmets with a newer more brilliant bright gold finish, a tribute to the iconic Notre Dame dome. Something unique to these types of helmets is the impressive swirl effect, multi-layer textured finish. Additionally, a seven-layer printing process was utilized to achieve the rich green color of the shamrock.
The process that Troy Lee Designs used for this project is one that dates back to the 1800’s whereby early artisans used pure gold dust, infused with other liquid substances to paint intricate murals and other works of art that still adorn many churches, cathedrals andcastles around the world today. Additional fodder for the process used on the Notre Dame helmets came from the type of paint-process used in the 1920’s and 30’s in the painting of carriages and early fire engines.
According to Troy Lee, “we were honored to be asked to do this project – it was a way to pay homage to Notre Dame’s rich football heritage and traditions. Notre Dame’s idea to bring back the iconic design that was in use from the late 1950’s to 1962 was something I was so proud to be part of.”
The Notre Dame football helmet project took a team of 12 Troy Lee Designs’ employees, including designer Anton Henggono with gold leafing by Jay Stemska and accessory detail from Jason Navarette.
These new helmets mark the first in a series of uniform features that will be utilized for Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series contests. The Shamrock Series is the new term delegated to the off site game played by the Notre Dame Football Team each year. For this game each football season, the Irish will deviate from the norm when it comes to the helmet, jersey, pants and shoes the team wears.
Look for the DEBUT of the new Troy Lee Designs helmets TODAY, Saturday, November 12th during the Maryland vs. Notre Dame, FedExField, Landover, MD.
Television coverage on NBC at 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST.
Below is a behind-the-scenes look at the Troy Lee Designs paint process for the Notre Dame helmets:
Attached: photo images Troy Lee Designs Notre Dame helmets
Photo credit: Troy Lee Designs
About Troy Lee Designs:
For 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets “For The World’s Fastest Racers.” TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, as well as seasonal lines of sportswear and accessories. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.
For over 80 years, the adidas Group has been part of the world of sports on every level, delivering state-of-the-art sports footwear, apparel and accessories. Today, the adidas Group is a global leader in the sporting goods industry and offers a broad portfolio of products. Products from the adidas Group are available in virtually every country of the world.
About Notre Dame Football:
The University of Notre Dame Football Team has been competing since 1887. The Fighting Irish claim 11 National Championships and have produced 7 Heisman Trophy winners. Notre Dame competes as an Independent at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level and is a founding member of the Bowl Championship Series coalition. The team is currently coached by Brian Kelly.
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