a NUTCRACKIN' CHRISTMAS

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It creeps up on us earlier and earlier every year, but even more so for those of us that need to prepare for the retail season. That’s right - Christmas is less than 8 weeks away!

My Christmas cards have become something of a tradition for me, and this year I wanted to combine one of my very favourite stories / ballets into the design. It’s been on my mind for so many years now but I hadn’t had the chance to fully dive in. So, in the same vein as my fairytale series, I present to you my take on ‘The Nutcracker.’
We see Clara, having magically shrunken down to the size of her gifted Nutcracker doll (the disguised Prince of The Land of Sweets), dancing and battling the night away in order to break the curse placed upon him by the evil (but still cute) Mouse King.

As a child I particularly loved one of its many animated variations, 1990s ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ but have since, of course, grown to appreciate its more original format in Tchaikovsky’s ballet.

It’s also a subjected that has enamoured both the fashion and beauty industries, with many a spectacular Christmas editorial for the likes of Vogue, W, M.A.C Cosmetics, and more…
You can find some of my favourites below. (Tim Walker certainly loves a ‘Nutcracker’ theme!)

For now though, I do hope you enjoy my version! I decided on a fresh green palette this year.
As usual, cards are available in very limited quantities, and once sold out will not be re-stocked.
Also, for the first time ever, I have made a VERY small print run of 10 limited edition prints for the Christmas décor enthusiasts that like to have something special to bring out once a year!
You can find both in my store now: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

 Karen Elson photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue UK, 2008

Karen Elson photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue UK, 2008

 M.A.C Cosmetics ‘Nutcracker Sweet’ campaign, photographed by Tim Walker, 2016

M.A.C Cosmetics ‘Nutcracker Sweet’ campaign, photographed by Tim Walker, 2016

 Marion Cotillard photographed by Tim Walker, W Magazine, 2012

Marion Cotillard photographed by Tim Walker, W Magazine, 2012

 Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi, Vogue Russia, 2014

Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi, Vogue Russia, 2014

 Karen Elson photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue UK, 2008

Karen Elson photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue UK, 2008

 Vogue Korea

Vogue Korea

 Shani Zigron photographed by Gustavo Papaleo, Vogue India, 2012

Shani Zigron photographed by Gustavo Papaleo, Vogue India, 2012

 Paolo Sebastian 2018/2019 collection, Inspired by ‘The Nutcracker.’ via Vogue Australia

Paolo Sebastian 2018/2019 collection, Inspired by ‘The Nutcracker.’ via Vogue Australia