Owls were among my early designs. I started with the chap you see on my British Columbia post: a barred owl with markings that bear some resemblance to the actual creature. Since then, I moved into more colourful versions, owls with personalities, professions and tummies made of Christmas pudding.
I made my first Christmas cards for a market in 2015. Unwilling to go with traditional motifs, I created abstract trees and lace patterns. Having made this owl, it was only natural that he should be followed by a Jewish pal, with a dreidel for a tummy. You’ll see both of these owls on the Season-Owl card, where they roost with friends from Sweden, Syria and Japan.
So far, this is my only design with a message inside. I added “happy holidays” at the request of a North Shore retailer.