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Creative Christmas

We're very excited to announce the return of our advent callendar project showcasing the creative talent of the region.

We've invited some of our friends and network to create a special festive, seasonal or holiday message for our advent calendar  project.

We will be sending the message to our entire network daily in the lead up to Christmas. If you would like to get involved and submit your own design we still have a number of slots set aside.

To join in send your design to emg@creativelancashire.org along with a short bio or copy related to your design, business or practice. The best designs will be selected and become part of our 2015 Advent Calendar.

Along with your design we also need your contact details including web links etc so we can tell others where to locate you once you've wowed them with your talent & creativity.

Image size: 405 wide x 490

Deadline: Midday - Monday 14th December

To get inspired you can view some of the highlights from the previous advent calendar project including the make your own 'Snowy Owl' by Source Creative - voted best design (see below)

NB: Strictly no photos of directors and teams wearing santa hats or antlers - this is a genuiene opportunity to demonstrate how talented and creative you and your teams can be!

Happy Holidays,
Creative Lancashire

Download 'source_owl_model_a4.pdf'

#02 Noel by JP74

We create intelligent web applications that are simple to use and perform beautifully.

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#03 By Tom Mulcrow - Seal Films

Established in 2002, Seal Films have many years experience in the Video Production Sector with a renowned history of successful collaborations with film directors, broadcasters & many internationally recognised organisations. Their recent client list includes Crown Paints, KFC and the NHS. Seal Films produce media which is visually engaging, unique and dynamic.

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#04 British Feathers

By Kathryn Speak - Graphic Designer & Illustrator: Ink & Pixels

"My latest project is a series of vivid illustrations of our native birds. I live surrounded by the beautiful Lancashire countryside and have always been fascinated by the wildlife. It is this love that has inspired me to create these illustrations. I will be producing a new series every few months, with signed prints of these being limited to just 30 of each bird. For every print that is sold I will be donating 10% to the RSPB". Kathryn Speak (December 2013)

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#05 The Adventures of Mary & Joseph by John Hamlet at Lunar

The Adventures of Mary & Joseph commissioned by the BRF, is a modern road movie re-telling of the story of the nativity. Shortlisted for the Sandford St Martin TV Awards, the low budget movies were created in Lancashire by John Hamlett at Lunar.

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#06 Snowy Owl by Source Creative

This owl was designed by Source Creative, a small but perfectly formed design studio in the North West of England. If you'd like to make your own Snowy Owl then pop over to: http://www.sourcecreative.co.uk/wiseup – put some time aside, download the template and get cutting and sticking. Happy Making!

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#07 West Pennine Winter by Graham Dean

I currently have an exhibition of my photographs at Steward's Gallery, Clitheroe Castle (until 19th January), with a 2nd exhibition opening at the Sunnyhurst Woods Visitor Centre on 7th December (until 9th February). Prints can be viewed and ordered through my website. My images have varying degrees of manpulation. I also undertake a small number of commissions and product photography for websites.

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#08 Winter Songs by Kirsty Almeida

Kirsty Almeida is one of the regions finest and most reviewed artists and songwriters - her Christmas album, 'Winter Songs' is available here. Winter Songs is filled with Winter warmers, originals and classic Christmas songs such as "All I want for Christmas' and 'River' by Joni Mitchel.

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#10 By Twentyone

Twentyone is a locally grown strategic digital agency that works with business & brands across Lancashire to improve their market presence and business growth. We offer a full digital service, delivering a complete web presence, from online advertising to digital marketing and strategy analysis.

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#13 Switchopen

Established by Nick Rhodes in 2004. Switchopen is a fully functioning art studio, offering a unique service of Illustration, Graphic Design and Print. Primed and ready for action to handle a full spectrum of creative projects big or small.

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#15 Manchester Craft & Design Centre

In the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, Manchester Craft & Design Centre is home to 18 working studio boutiques where you can meet our resident artists and buy their work.

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#16 Boost Business Lancashire

The role of Boost is to help Lancashire businesses realise their potential If you are growth-hungry then new Year resolution number one should be - start the growth conversation with Boost!

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#17 ICG

ICG is a multi-disciplined, award-winning creative agency based near Preston. We have an enviable reputation for providing branding, graphic design, public relations, marketing and digital services to a diverse range of businesses.

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#19 Wash Design

Wash are one of Lancashire's most respected creative consultants. We develop and build brand strategy. We identify, clarify and share our clients' unique 'stories'.

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#21 What I Always Wanted

We are a marketplace website selling gorgeous contemporary gifts and homeware all by Great British designer-makers.  Many of the products we sell are made from eco-friendly materials, can be personalised, or are exclusive to our site.

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#23 Blue Wren

At Blue Wren we use the web to help businesses build brands, grow sales and improve operating efficiency.  We do this by combining our high-level marketing skills, creative flair and technical expertise to deliver websites and digital marketing campaigns that meet client objectives.

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#24 Crafts Council

Experimental animation meets pottery.

To celebrate the festive season are partners at Crafts Council have commissioned a film to explore what happens when the two crafts of animation and pottery meet.

The magical results were made possible by the skills of makers.