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The Gift of Art - Creating the Cass Christmas

by Cass Art

This year’s Christmas inspiration was nostalgia and story-telling, pulling on those memories and stories that bring the magic to the festive season. What story would you tell, what memories do you have. From sharing mulled wine, decorating the tree and reminiscing about our loved ones whilst wrapping gifts. We all have a story to tell, and at Cass Art one of our favourites is the story of colour. We love it. And in that our Christmas story began. ’The Gift of Art' - Create Your Christmas

Creating The Cass Art Christmas Team

Everyone knows all good stories need good characters, and as a supporter of artists we wanted to bring this chapter together with in-house illustrator – Laura Slinn. We developed a family of woodland creatures, sure to be crowd pleasers, all poised to play their part in adding colour to Christmas. From Raccoon and Squirrel to Bear and Reindeer, our Christmas at Cass is all about frivolity, colour and The Gift of Art. All hand drawn by Laura you can see her preparatory sketches for the latest additions to the Cass Art family below with of course some new additions to the team:

Our family of characters were then brought to life by our in house design team - telling visual stories across our store windows and interiors. Using a mixture of traditional and modern colours associated with Christmas – the palette complements a variety of uses. The story continues online and in social media, leaving a trail of colour and Christmas characters across our screens. 

About The Team

We loved the characters so much from last year and, like all of us, they didn’t get a proper Christmas so we thought we’d give them another go!

Reindeer - Poor old reindeer has drawn the short straw again but this time working in the kitchen where he’s practising for the next series of Bake Off.

Dove - We wanted to have a dove to signify peace and love which is an important message at not only this time of year but in the current climate generally. Bringing a shiny star into the Christmas scene.

Bear - He is carrying out some of the grown up's Christmas duties like decorating the tree and putting the lights up, whilst wishing someone had Marie Kondo'd the xmas decorations. Oh no! The new puppy they got during lockdown has run away with the other end of the fairy lights!

Racoon - Racoon is using their tiny racoon hands to bring gifts and put some colour in this year's incredibly unique xmas. 

Hedgehog - Hedgehog is back for a third Christmas but this year decided to put on the cutest woolly hat inspired by @hedgehogswearinghats and help to Colour Your Christmas.

Squirrel - Back by popular demand, Side Eye Squirrel is here again! Like many people, squirrel took up painting during lock down. Inspiration…. The one and only Bob Ross! Who else?

And Introducing.....

Alana and Lara - A family of foxes inspired by a photo of Laura's friend Alana and her partner in Christmas jumpers that they posted on Instagram last Christmas. 

You can check out Laura Slinn's work on her website and do be sure to follow her on her Instagram too.

Downloadable Christmas Colouring Sheets 

Bring their cheeky personalities into your homes this Christmas with our festive colouring in sheets, perfect for keeping little creatives busy while you wrap up the presents! 

Download the sheets now and print them at home, or pop into one of our stores and pick up a pack of sheets today.

Whichever way we connect this December we're encouraging our community to come together through creativity this Christmas by giving the gift of art. So, whether you're looking for the inspiration and materials to create your own hand made gift, or treating the artist in your life to something new we're got you covered. From a little luxury to the ideal stocking filler, colour your Christmas with Cass Art. 

Create your own festive cards

See our festive how-to guide below to making your own Christmas cards this season, perfect for keeping creative hands busy during this period!

Find Inspiration to craft your own cards and prints

Follow our step-by-step guide to lino printing and turn your own illustrations and designs into festive prints. 

Not sure what to give the artist in your life?

Not sure what the artist in your life needs this Christmas? Our online gift vouchers are the perfection solution to help you give the gift of creativity. They can chose exactly what they want when they need it!

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