David Bowie is among a handful of contemporary artists who have contributed exclusive designs for a set of Christmas cards produced by the UK based
Here is what David had to say about his own contribution:
"This photo was taken as a detail (I did a bunch, eye, nose, mouth etc.) I felt there was something very positive and optimistic about it. I rather liked Lexi's take on the 'solidarity' motif. 'Power to the Tiny' - I have a large 'C' print version of this at home in my office."
When I ignorantly quizzed him as to the exact nature of a 'C' print he condescended to explain thus:
"First Let's Clarify the Name. C = Cibachrome
Cibachrome is the old name for an archival photographic print material that's also called Ilfochrome Classic. I prefer the old name because it's more familiar. Cibachrome is popular for it's exceptional brilliance, clarity and permanence.
Cibachrome is completely different from other color print materials because no color dye is formed during processing. The color dyes were created at the factory where they could formulate extremely permanent azo dyes much too complex to make at photo labs. During processing the unneeded azo dyes are bleached away in a "dye-destruction" process.
This approach is radically different from standard color paper (and film) processes where dyes are actually formed during processing in a "dye diffusion" process. It's the pure azo dyes that give Cibachrome its spectacular brilliance and permanence. Museums have 'em.
Sorry this is so sketchy. (guffaw!)"
Of course I knew all of this...just wondered if he did. And another thing, he's obviously spent too much time in the US, look how he's spelling colour! Whatever next.
Anyway, the cards are available for a very reasonable Ã‚Â£4.00 for 10 cards, and can be ordered online, or by post or telephone