Category Archives: Greetings Card

Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s day over at 11 Rugby Road we’ve been mixing naughty and nice with gifts that are a bit different.

For the first time we have only sold online and have had a blast coming up with designs we would love to receive. Next up is to think of less outrageous Mother’s Day ideas…

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My Coming Out Designs and Story

cute gay card

Celebrate the first day of feeling free and coming out.

National Coming Out Day is on Sunday October 11th and to celebrate I have designed a series of cards to help make the process fun and make it more lighthearted. It also made me think out my experience and even though I realise it isn’t particularly Hollyoaks and I’m not a celebrity or gym fit guy, I enjoyed discovering my old diaries and writing my story.


Back in the 90’s when I was 9, Clarissa was Explaining It All and the pink electronic Dear Diary toy for girls were big, so I decided to start writing my own diary. I kept writing until I was 21 and forgot about them until recently. Reading them back reminded me of a life I completely forgot or blocked out prior to coming out to my friends and family. 

Until I started my GCSE’s all seemed fine, the most exciting entries before were along the lines of my sister not liking her omelet or loving hedgehogs. But then more and more I started to write about hating myself, hating my life and feeling lonely. The older I got the more I grew apart from my friends and the more time I spent at home on my own, worrying about who I was. I had always felt different from everyone else, I just always felt like I could hide it and will myself to change.

When I was 18 I first wrote in my diary and told myself that I was gay. Reading it back I felt like I was there again, wanting to be like everyone else and to have a family and life with a girl. I knew even then I shouldn’t feel guilty about being gay though. I just didn’t know how to deal with it or ever bring it up in conversation to get advice from anyone.

For a year and a half I didn’t tell anyone, even though I knew who I was. My diary entries became even more lonely and worrying about the future. On May 25th 2007 I told my best friend Becky I was gay. I was too scared to even say the word gay, so I gave her a letter. We didn’t really talk about it, she hugged me and we got on with our day. I told myself the hardest part was done. It wasn’t a secret only I had now and I realised being out as gay to someone hadn’t instantly changed my friendship like I worried.

Mum son coming out

Two months later I told my Mum. Writing a letter had worked out so I wrote one again. Once it was written I knew I couldn’t bottle out. Asking her if we could talk didn’t get a great reaction alone, my family all love each other but we find it easier not to say it out loud much. When I did give her the letter she screwed it up and gave it back, saying it was my choice and that she didn’t know what to say, as she had never been in this situation before. I knew it could have been worse and put it down to shock.

After then we didn’t speak about it ever. It made things go back to normal. I was going to Uni that year so I knew it was off my chest and with a new group of people I could just be me, without the fear of my parents finding out. My Mum even met a guy I was seeing while at uni and realised that being gay didn’t mean I would change or that other gay people were what she had imagined or that are represented in the media.

“From the moment I came out, everything did get better. I met amazing people, went to  amazing places and was loving being myself.”

From the moment I came out, everything did get better. I met amazing people, went to amazing places and was loving being myself. Now, 8 years after I came out I have Adam. I know I have met the person I want to grow old with and am setting up my own shop with him which I never thought I would have the confidence to do. I have a great relationship with my Mum and all my family which was always my main worry. If my younger self saw me now he would think I was ‘pretty gay’ and cringed to death. Now whatever I do I’m proud about about and even more importantly I’m happy I’m pretty gay.

Still Me Coming out gay lesbian Pride card

Mine and Adams work at 11 Rugby Road is currently at The Fishing Quarter pop-up gallery and at our flat for the Christmas Artist Open Houses. The coming out cards are available from our website 11RugbyRoad.com. They are available blank inside just waiting for your story.

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Valentine’s Day Cards

doctor Operation board game card love

Late to the feel the love this year, I’ve come up with 4 different cards to sell online. Avoid the colour red and trying to offer something different that the cards in the shops, I’ve taken inspiration from board games, Instagram, playground petal pulling and trusty geometric shapes.

 

All are available to buy online for £2.50 with only small batches in stock at danmackey.bigcartel.com

 

 

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Christmas cards 2014

Selection of my Christmas card designs 2014

Selection of my Christmas card designs 2014

I have been working on Christmas in some shape or from since July, and am really proud to finally show the designs I have made for Christmas cards this year. Including geometric winter animals, typographic jolly songs and and old favourite from Christmas past. I would love to hear what people think! They’re finished in various ways, including hand hole punched boarders and special pearlescent paper. These are available to buy online at danmackey.bigcartel.com and also in person at the Brighton Artist Open House where I’m selling at 11 Rugby Road weekends from 29th Nov – 14th Dec. They’ll be lots of posters, prints, gifts and festive treats! Also keep an eye on the website as it expands in the new year. Good Typography Christmas Card 2014 Cool xmas design Christmas animals by designer to buy

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#Sound familiar?

Facebook poster design

Inspired by the original Sh*t Girls Say and a realisation that everyone is obsessed with the same things in relation to social media, I’ve designed a series of Typographic posters with phrases we don’t even realise we say. Any suggestions for more unintentional catch phrases people use daily?

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The Valentine’s Bandwagon. I’m getting on it.

After enjoying making Christmas cards, I thought, what better way to be surrounded by Valentines Day cards this February than to come up with ones myself. 

I have never enjoyed Valentines day, the premise or the look of it. Too much red. But I wanted to make a few different cards that might make people smile. The first ‘Quietly Amazing’ card was never meant for Valentines Day, but just to be a generally positive card.

I’m hoping to take two of the designs forward and produce a limited number.

Alternative Valentines

You Are Always, quietly amazing

Alternative designer Valentines Day Card 2013

Hey guess what? (I love you)

Simple Valentines Gift

Love Me

Cute valentines card

Can we…

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Alternative Shy Christmas Cards

I’ve crafted Christmas cards in same style as my Shy poster series, that featured different printing techniques and subtle colour changes to show a subtle, typographic message.

The worst thing about these cards is that they don’t photograph well! The Christmassy message written on each I’ve got to a perfect amount of visibility (through lots of trial and error).

The first card is fairly traditional with the lyrics “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” on the front in… white. The minimal, effortlessly cool style of the white on white is perfect for those that like a twist on standard Christmas cards.

The other cards take their inspiration for the Pogues song Fairytale of New York. These ‘shy’ cards have had a Christmas drink and are now a bit sweary.

You’re a bum
You’re a punk
You’re an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it’s our last

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Christmas Cards 2012

I’ve been busy making Christmas cards with a unique little feel.

My Yeti Christmas cards use clean, minimal design to show off the furry coat he has on. Each one has to be cut out individually which means each looks unique and appears to have a different personality. These aren’t just Christmas cards, you’re adopting a new family member when you receive these!

A limited number are available to buy now on danmackey.bigcartel.com. See how they are made in the gallery below:

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Now submitted to the ‘Christmas Card Off’! Give it a like on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/moneysupermkt/christmas-card-craft-off/

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