Confectionery shops always appeal to me, its “deliciousness” arrest my design sensibilities. One fine afternoon in mid-November last year, I was scurrying along Orchard Road when my eyes were arrested by these delicious Christmas motifs from Marks & Spencer. Their biscuits and chocolate packaging designs are a feast for the eyes. I ran my hand on their glorious tin cans and an image of a gingerbread house caught my eye.
You can just imagine me standing there, staring at that tin box with all the intensity of a child whose eyes gazed upon a coveted dream toy. And that’s how the idea of a gingerbread house appeared before me.
I want to have fun with our Forecepts’ corporate Christmas eCards, so I created this simple, fun and quirky illustration of a gingerbread house. I added those four tiny birds flying up towards the top of the house carrying four Asian-inspired house accents. I have used curly Christmas trees in our last year’s Christmas eCard, I want to keep that as a “trademark”.
Forecepts’ Christmas Gingerbread House: rendered as animated Flash electronic Card – http://forecepts.com/greetings/
The fun had not ended that Christmas Season. I’m living in a country where people all get hyped up for Chinese New Year the same way that I used to get hyped up on Christmas Day when I was still a kid. My gingerbread house morphed into an eclectic mix of orange hues with pseudo-Chinese elements. And oh, the rabbits, they must be cute and at the same time, help to usher in a new year of prosperity. This time, we sent out Chinese New Year postcards to our clients.
The harder German-style Gingerbread is often used to build gingerbread houses similar to the “witch’s house” encountered by Hansel and Gretel. These houses, covered with a variety of candies and icing, are popular Christmas decoration  often built by children with the help of their parents. This form of Gingerbread houses is also popular in Norway. (Source:Wikipedia)
Cuddly, warm and affectionate are the attributes of the Rabbit. Mysterious and a great party-giver and host, the Rabbit enjoys being the centre of attention once in a while. The Rabbit is occasionally over cautious and can be a bit boring. He is also one of the luckiest signs in the Chinese Astrology chart.