Christmas Card History 1985 - 1994

(I took photos of the cards using my small digital camera, without taking a great deal of care over lighting and the "bowing" distortions
associated with using a wide angled lens. Colour accuracy is likely to be a bit suspect, too.)

1985 to 1994 1995 to 2004 2005 to 2014 2015 to 2024

 

 

 

1985

Media: Pen and pencil on paper.

Production method: Photocopying on white paper.

Other notes: The first card of the series, made in a hurry when time constraints prevented Dad from producing the traditional family card.

 

 

1986

Media: Pen and pencil on paper.

Production method: Printed woodcut.

Other notes: This one is a bit of a mystery to me. It was missing from my collection, and its existence was only revealed by a friend who has received all my cards and who noticed that she had a card that I didn't. Upon checking with Dad, who has it in HIS collection, we think that I designed and carved it and Dad printed it (the character artwork fits my style, and the carving is not as good as Dad's work), and that it was used by both of us this year. Somewhat peculiarly, my journal — which records some things in tedious detail — makes no mention of its creation at all. In 1987 I must have decided to do my own cards separate from Dad's ones as an ongoing plan.

 

 

1987

Media: Fine felt-tip pen on paper, trying for a pointillist effect.

Production method: Photocopying on yellow paper.

Other notes: I can't remember how long it took to do all those dots! Did I ever have that much patience?!

 

 

1988

Media: White conte on card.

Production method: Photocopying on white paper.

Other notes: This was probably one of my first artistic attempts to draw the light rather than the shadows.

 

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1989

Media: Felt-tip pen on paper and paint (possibly acrylic).

Production method: Photocopying of the black and white outline onto white paper, then individually painting each card.

Other notes: Yes, I really did paint them all.

 

 

1990

Media: Linocut.

Production method: Printed using one of Dad's printing presses onto cream paper.

Other notes: My first Christmas linocut. It's interesting the way the linocut approach changes the style.

 

 

1991

Media: Linocut and whiteout pen.

Production method: Printed using one of Dad's printing presses onto heavy blue paper; white star added with whiteout pen afterwards.

Other notes: NIl.

 

 

1992

Media: Charcoal.

Production method: "Brass rubbing". The "brass" relief was created using cut-out pieces of cardboard and then I used charcoal to shade the cream paper using different pressures to create the different densities of black.

Other notes: Nil.

 

 

1993

Media: Linocut and lead type.

Production method: Printed using silver ink onto blue card using one of Dad's printing presses and then mounted onto white card.

Other notes: Nil.

 

 

1994

Media: Linocut.

Production method: Printed using one of Dad's printing presses; silver ink onto red card then mounted on off-white card (not shown).

Other notes: This is one of my favourite designs. "In Dulci Jubilo" is a Christmas carol, which sometimes uses the words "Good Christian Men Rejoice".

 

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1995

Media: Linocut.

Production method: Printed using one of Dad's printing presses; silver ink onto steel blue card then mounted on off-white card.

Other notes: Nil.

 

1985 to 1994 1995 to 2004 2005 to 2014 2015 to 2024

 

Christmas cards designed by Helen Chick. (c) Copyright 1985-1994