The ‘Stars’ Christmas card designs were created by pupils from Ganet’s Adventure School. Ganet’s Adventure Fund trustees Steve McInerny and Stefanie Posavec, both designers, worked with the teachers to run this activity during a recent visit to the school.
The students started by drawing patterns with felt tip pens onto brightly coloured paper, which they then folded up after one simple cut, opened the paper out to form a five-pointed star.
The art of folding and cutting paper is a Japanese technique called kirigami, and is closely related to origami. You can watch an instruction video here.
Once the stars were finished, a makeshift outdoor photography studio was created. Once the red ants were removed from the mango leaf background, then shooting could begin. A selection of pupils volunteered to be hand models, holding one or two of the stars as they were photographed by Steve with the assistance of Frank Banda, a Standard Eight pupil of the school.
Back in the UK, the photographs were edited and layed out by Steve. Litho printing was once again kindly provided by Preview, and the card was donated by Mason’s Paper. This means that at least £4 from each pack of cards sold will go direct to the school in Malawi. This is a massive improvement on the paltry percentages donated by some other charity Christmas cards.