Exclusive Christmas Cards Designed By UAL Students
Just in the nick of time for the holidays, not just a shop is now featuring limited edition holiday cards designed by 4 exceptional UAL students. Chosen from over 140 submissions in UAL’s first ever Christmas Card Competition, these designs represent the creativity and diversity of UAL students and the spirit of the holidays.
We loved catching up with Caicai He, our first winner and a current student at London College of Communication in MA Illustration and Visual Media. Don’t forget to stop in and purchase a pack of 8 cards featuring each student’s designs at not just a shop.

Tell us about your inspiration behind your UAL Christmas Card

This Christmas card is my impression of London and the holidays. When I first came to London, I found that it was such an inclusive city. I saw people with different cultural backgrounds studying and hanging out together. That’s why you can see that each character I designed is unique and has their own personal style. Actually, because of my Chinese heritage, I haven’t yet experienced a real Christmas! All of my knowledge is from Western films and cartoons. I can still remember when I was a kid having watched an episode of “Tom and Jerry,” the one about Christmas. It was really heart-warming because they all cared about each other, even though they were enemies. And all the decorations.

What’s your favorite part about the holiday season?

My favorite part about the holiday season is the sales. I am not a big fan of shopping, but the huge sales make it seem like they cannot be missed.

What’s #1 on your wish list this year?

I hope I can get my driver’s license. I failed the second exam last year; it’s the most difficult thing to pass the driver’s license test in China. So I hope I can pass all the tests this year.

What’s your favorite holiday movie?

The first movie that popped into my mind when I saw this question was The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don’t really remember much about the plot, but Tim Burton is my favorite director. I love all the whimsical ideas in his movies.

Our second winner, Teresa Rego, is a current MA Visual Arts: Illustration student at Camberwell College of Arts.

Tell us about your inspiration behind your UAL Christmas Card

I have a great interest in patterns and details, so I chose a topic related with Christmas and started making little characters in an imaginary landscape. Most of the time London seems so grey, so my colourful work helps me deal with the feeling of it and helps me see another, more colourful side.

What’s your favourite part about the holiday season?

For me Christmas means comfort. It’s time to stop all of the rushing and go back home, enjoy all of the amazing desserts, roasts, cakes, fruits, and all the delicious things that only mums can make.

What’s #1 on your wish list this year?

Travel more. I’ve been taking some trips recently and they’ve really helped me develop my work and find new things that motivate me. Traveling is something that should be attainable to everyone; it makes us more tolerant, more open minded, and brings us ideas that we probably wouldn’t have thought of in a studio.

What’s your favourite holiday movie?

The Wizard of Oz. The famous sentence “There’s no place like home” makes all the sense to me, especially at Christmas time.

Our third winner, Natalie Candish, is a current MA Visual Arts: Illustration student at Camberwell College of Arts.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your UAL Christmas Card

I was thinking about Christmas dinner with the whole family, and there are never enough chairs so we have to use odd ones or stools to squeeze everyone in around the table.

What’s your favourite part about the holiday season?

It’s all about the meals with my family. My sister is an excellent cook, and we all love a good cheeseboard and the drinks are usually flowing. After dinner we’ll play some board games and someone will probably fall asleep on the sofa.

What’s #1 on your wish list this year?

All I really want this year is to spend some quality time with family and friends; I’m really looking forward to going home to Scotland for the holidays.

What’s your favourite holiday movie?

It’s got to be Elf, it’s just so joyful.

Our final winner, Linlin Pan, is currently studying MA Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your UAL Christmas Card

I love shopping. So thinking about the holidays, the first thing that comes to mind is Boxing Day; especially in London, where everyone like me will be out running around after Christmas.

What’s your favourite part about the holiday season?

My favourite part about the holiday season is getting a ton of gifts from my friends and spending quality time with them. In China, over Christmas, we give our friends and family members an apple, which means good luck and good health.

What’s #1 on your wish list this year?

I will graduate this year, so finding a job that I like is definitely on the top of my wish list.

What’s your favourite holiday movie?

Definitely The Polar Express. It is such an amazing and heart-warming film. I love the song When Christmas Comes to Town. I always play it during Christmas.

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