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May you have a wonderful Easter time
and may spring fill you with peace, joy and new energy.

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For this year’s card we decided to play with the motif of a Fabergé egg, made of paper. Both the fact that these eggs are heavily decorated and that they have a surprise inside made for a fun challenge (and, of course, the egg itself was a rather obvious choice for Easter). We searched the net a bit for an inspiration of how to make the egg itself and the rest almost designed itself (but it didn’t cut nor fold itself – that took bits of two days).

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May you have a wonderful time this Easter, full of sunshine, joy and love.

redesign-easter-board-4As promised last week, we want to share a few photos of our Easter card for this year to prove that we make questionable decisions with our time (I mean, we did make all these plasticine eggs and rabbits but we didn’t exactly clean up all the kitchen cupboards for Easter).

This year we decided to honor one of our favorite holiday pastimes, which is boardgames. After designing the board itself we made a list of all the 3D elements we wanted to include and set down to modelling. In the background we played Kiki’s Delivery Service: this is off-topic but we’re always happy to recommend this charming movie.

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A big part of the work was mixing the colors because we only had a very basic set. Luckily, since our work on the surrealist manifesto, we had a lot of white plasticine left and we used it to make prettier, pastel colors. This was a very painterly part of the design.

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Carrots and eggs were fairly easy to make but the real challenge and fun came with shaping the animals.  Of course, we’re particularly proud of the fox.

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As we try not to be hoarders (which, we find, is a bit of an occupational hazard) we kept the board for a week as an Easter decoration in our living room but then we recycled the elements. This allowed for making this neat infographics illustrating which colors appeared in what amounts. All in all, working in this organic way was extremely refreshing and we only wish we had more opportunities to do this in everyday work.

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redesign-easter-15-ENHave a wonderful time this Easter, spend it with your friends and family
and maybe play a board game or two.

And traditionally next week we’ll share a bit of making-of story for this year’s card.

re-shop-friendsAnd a slight update: Easter is not necessarily a time for gifts but if you want to test that tradition, Society6 offers free shipping this week if you follow this link.

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We were toying with the idea of a paper diorama for a while but didn’t have a project to try it on. However, our holiday cards are often a great place to test new ideas. Now, a paper diorama by re:design comes in the following stages.

1. You roughly sketch the ideas. 2. You pick out appropriate paper. 3. You cut out the shapes with a knife and a pair of surgical scissors, listening to Treasure Island on LibriVox (seriously, LibriVox is cool). Also, you forget to document these stages. 4. You throw away all the extra birds and daffodils that you cut out with excessive enthusiasm.

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5. Now the main thing about diorama is that it has layers. Otherwise it’d be just a cutout. So then you come up with ideas of how to make those layers if you didn’t plan it sufficiently before cutting the shapes out. In the end you use books and Lego pieces (Lego has so many uses in our household. You’ve no idea.). And also bluetack, another indispensable tool.  At first we vaguely planned to make a vertical diorama but it turned out to be too time-consuming for Saturday before Easter with a half of the house not yet cleaned and the family already arriving for Easter stay.

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6. You shoot. You edit. You post. Voilà.

And here’s how arranging the shoot looks like:

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In case the foxes have you puzzled, they were a nod to our last year’s card.