God’s Christmas Cards

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The Messenger
The Messenger
The Annunciation
The Annunciation
£5
pack of 5 with gold envelopes
148 x 105mm, gloss finish on gold metallic card
blank inside





Long-exposure night-time photograph with central symmetry. Bristol’s harbour entrance witnesses the second-highest tidal difference in the world once or twice a year. During the day, the transformations from mud to mirror reveal much about the landscape itself, but at night, something unearthly is seen in the dark and in flashes of reflected streetlights. The connotations of fire and illumination are carried here into the Christmas story by earlier work on this image (‘The Illumination’, 2012) – Old Testament pillars of fire become the dramatic glory of angels appearing to the shepherds. The light, the gold, is dangerously attractive, incandescent and explosive.

£4
pack of 5 with white envelopes
105 x 148mm, satin finish
inside reads: Wishing you Peace on Earth for Christmas and the New Year





The following text appears on the reverse of the card:
   And yet you’re alone as never before
   You don’t see me at all
   As if I’m a breath of wind in the wood
   But you, you are the Tree.

(Words by Rainer Maria Rilke, detail of painting by Fra Angelico)

Christmas Narthex
Christmas Narthex
Nativity by Light
Nativity by Light
£4.50 – OUT OF STOCK
pack of 5 with white envelopes
185 x 120mm, gloss finish
inside reads: Gloria in excelsis Deo
 
Lime trees in Oxfordshire, with detail of the NGC 346 star cluster (Hubble: NASA, ESA and A. Nota – STScI/ESA).
£4.50
pack of 5 with white envelopes
182 x 118mm, gloss with silver detail
inside reads: Wishing you a Christmas full of light





Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes at the Palace of Versailles, with firework/fibreoptic light details.

The Star
The Star
True Light
True Light
£3.50
pack of 5 with white envelopes
105 x 105mm, satin with gloss highlight
blank inside





Featuring prism photography overlaid with sketched pattern.

£3.50
pack of 5 with white envelopes
105 x 105mm, gloss finish
blank inside





Bauble and map photograph with sketch, John 1:9

Mary's Angel
Mary's Angel
Joseph's Angel
Joseph's Angel
£3.50
pack of 5 with white envelopes
108 x 139mm, matt with gold detail
inside reads: With warmest Christmas wishes





Luke 1:26-28 from the Duc de Berry Hours, enamel angel from the Pala D’oro, Venice.

£3.50
pack of 5 with white envelopes
108 x 139mm, matt with gold detail
inside reads: With warmest Christmas wishes





Matt 1:20,21 from the Lindisfarne Gospels, painted angel from St Catherine’s, Sinai.

The Gift
The Gift
Three Kings
Three Kings
£4
pack of 5 with white envelopes
105 x 148mm, satin finish
blank inside





The following text appears on the reverse of the card:
This image is a visual response to the Wilton Diptych, the beautiful miniature altarpiece found in the National Gallery. Like the altarpiece, the gift has several layers of wrapping: figures from both heaven and earth acknowledge each other with looks that cross boundaries, some of them pressing into another’s space. Background pattern and shimmering colour is part of the description of preciousness. And in its unwrapping, it reveals itself to be a present about a present, like the diptych does for Richard II.
The text is a reference from John 3:16.

£4
pack of 5 with white envelopes
148 x 105mm, satin finish
blank inside





The following text appears on the reverse of the card:
This image is a digital composite of photographs, text and textile collage. Originally, the three kings were created for a short animation as part of Watershed’s annual online advent calendar Electric December. They continued their journey into a Christmas card design, and formed part of 2008’s Christmas Experience at Christ Church Clifton. Along the way, they pass the stained glass at Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire and the remaining three of the ‘Seven Sisters’ trees situated on the Downs, Bristol.
The text is a reference from John 1:4,5.