When I attended Kingsway College in the early 90s one of my tutors told me that she often found that she didn’t have time to do any personal work during the year and so she came up with the idea of making her own Christmas Card.
I really responded to this and I suppose I could see even then that a similar fate might befall me. So every year since I have endeavoured to create my own Christmas cards.
My approach has been to as often as possible try something different each year – this could mean different materials, techniques or something that I have always wanted to try.
This has led to many photos of fake animals which have often been mistaken for the real thing. Screen printed reindeers, household objects made into stars or reindeers and this last Christmas a Pop-Up Card. I was also reminded this Christmas of the Turin Nappy Cards which must have been created in 1995.
More often than not they have involved an element of being handmade which takes me back to when I used to do so much work by hand – even making business cards for clients. Long before MOO was invented.