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Lucky landings

February 17, 2017

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Good fortune comes on tiny wings 

Shhh ... if it lands on you, don't move! It's good luck! 

That's what they say about all four of the delicate winged creatures in Daniel's Bugs & Butterflies Collection. But which one would you prefer to land bringing luck to your home? 

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Love styles

February 02, 2017

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Which animal is most like you in love?

Love is a many splendored thing, so the song goes. It reminds us that love is very different for each person, and indeed each time you fall in love. Many of the DM Collection animals represent love in their own unique way - but which is closest to your experience of amour?


Enter our Love Print Giveaway and win a print of that design.

 

 

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Clever or cunning

January 25, 2017

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The two sides of the Hedgehog

The humble hedgehog enjoys a less prominent place in modern cultural tales than his woodland friends. But like the Fox, as we go back into ancient folktales from around the world it is portrayed as an animal that is highly intelligent - whether it uses this power for the greater good or simply for selfish reasons can vary. Daniel's two very different Hedgehog designs show the two sides to this clever creature - which do you prefer? 

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Birthday candles

January 19, 2017

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The Nocturnal Collection turns one

A year ago we embraced these long winter nights, launching the DM Nocturnal Collection. These special illustrations re-imagine four of our favourite creatures in the night's moonlit shadows. 

To celebrate the Nocturnal Collection's birthday we are offering a discount until 31 January across the entire DM Collection with checkout codes :

    • NIGHT20 giving £5 off when you spend £20
    • NIGHT30 giving £7.50 off when you spend £30
    • NIGHT40 giving £10 off when you spend £40
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NEW designs - first look 

DM Meadow Collection - animal art illustrations greeting cards

During the cold, dark days he's been busily working on some new designs infused with the joy of spring - resulting in the new DM Meadow Collection.

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The beast...

December 29, 2016

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...or the human within?

Wind in the Willows animal illustration

"The Wild Wood is pretty well populated by now; with all the usual lot, good, bad, and indifferent--I name no names. It takes all sorts to make a world."
- Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Looking at man's depiction of animals, whether it's in a prehistoric cave painting, an old Greek fable, or a Disney movie, we can see man's deep set habit of projecting elements of ourselves on to the creatures. Perhaps that's why images of animals are so comforting in the home or with a message

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And a Christmas conundrum

The 'Twelve days of Christmas' recounts a true love sending cumulatively more gifts each day, corresponding to the number of the day. Here's Daniel's take on the single Partridge in a Pear Tree, sent on the first but then every other day of Christmas. Here's the conundrum, if that means 12 partridges were received overall, how many gifts in total did our true love send? (Read on for the answer!)

Shop the DM Bird Collection, including partridge, two turtles, calling birds and a range of Roosters ... 

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 Why winter's worth staying awake for ... 

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Explore the DM Christmas Collection of greetings cards. 

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 Why hares dream of a White Christmas

Given the choice most animals would rather it didn't snow at Christmas: travelling about on foot, hoof, or paw can be tricky; food is hard to come by; water supplies freeze over; and even the best furry winter coat has its limits.  But there is one furry animal which would certainly prefer a good few inches of the white stuff, and that's the mountain Hare

The DM Hare in the Snow illustration is available as a single greeting card or part of the limited offer Christmas Collection.

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Think pink

December 07, 2016

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 The bearer of good fortune

Japanese art is a huge influence on Daniel's work in DM Collection. If you look through, you'll also detect  in most designs there is a hint of that gentle shade: pink. The colour is not so subtle in his Pink Cat design. In this illustration, Daniel has gone to town on both - and what a stunning result.

Choosing a cat for a Japanese make-over is very apt, as you find cats all over Japan from cat cafes to Hello Kitty.  But the Japanese esteem for all things feline is part of a much more ancient tradition associating them with good luck.

 

Prowl around the entire DM Cat Collection.

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