This year we commissioned artwork for a unique company Christmas card.
But it isn’t any Christmas card, this card is the creation of a super talented craft artist who uses layers of cut paper in his creations… clever hey?! Well the story doesn’t end there.
The artist, Ian is autistic, with a severe stammer and a barely audible voice (the result of COVID) but his message and passion is louder than any we’ve heard.
Ian’s been let down by the system and struggles to get by. It’s not our place to share his full story, but his battle with mental health completely turned his world upside down. This once globe trotting, Cannes Gold winning Creative Director, with an IQ of 180+ is homeless… or as he calls it “between situations”.
We met Ian because of this commission, we left Ian inspired and motivated to support him in finding a platform to share his experiences and raise awareness of the barriers into employment and the lacking support for functioning members of the homeless community.
As part of our EDI strategy we’ll be supporting Ian, and many others, in using their experiences for good. We’re on a mission to bridge the employment gap. A huge group of people are forgotten, and our government, councils and funded support mechanisms are failing them. We need to do more to create positive change.
Thank you to Ian for this gorgeous artwork.
You can find Ian on Instagram: @autistic_ian
Alfy the Elfs Story
Alfy is a magical elf, and nature personified. They prayed of using their powers for good, until one day a voice replied.
“Alfy I’ve noticed that when you dance; time… it slows right down. This wonderful gift could be put to great use. Come visit our snow covered town”.
“But wait”, asked Alfy; “With whom do I speak?” Although it’s safe to say, his interest was piqued.
“It’s me Saint Nick; Father Christmas to some”. With nothing more said, a deal was done!
With a sprinkle of magic; a hop and a twist. Alfy was in the North Pole, fully primed to assist.
“Alfy, the job in which you will be tiptop, is to conjur more time for my worldwide gift drop.
“I visit billions of children, all in one night. Over 6,000 per second, if I’ve got my maths right.”
“With your magic dancing we’d be in less of a hurry, and deliveries for all children just wouldn’t be a worry”.
“Yes!” called out Alfy, eager to live his best life. He hopped on the sleigh: “Let’s go for a test drive”.
Twirling around on his new found endeavour. Up in the sky for what seemed like forever.
Enjoying the moment, Santa lost deep within it. But in the real world they’d only been flying for a minute.
“Your hired!” shouted Santa, all filled with glee. “To make Christmas special I need you here with me”.
If you ever wondered how presents were delivered so quick. It’s all down to our Alfy and his special dancing trick.