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2014/11/06Update

Exciting cards that will make the ones receiving them happy!

The winning cards for the “Christmas Cards that convey feelings & New Year’s Cards” Contest have been decided!

This is a yearly “Christmas Cards & New Year’s Cards” contest for which we were taking submissions from the end of 2013 until the beginning of 2014. This year we received a total of 390 participations. Thank you everybody!
Our editing team at loftwork.com has selected the winning cards, and here we will be announcing the results!

We will send the prizes to the winners after contacting each of them individually.



First Price (1 card from the Christmas Card and the New Year’s Card categories together)

mayo “Umamatsuri”

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Comment

At a glance, this is a beautifully designed New Year’s Card that reminds one of Japanese traditional handcrafts, but when one has a closer look it turns out to be rather surreal and humorous. Laughter will gradually well up within you as you look at this piece of work that features devils carrying “otoshidama” (money given as a gift in New Year) and candles, and deer “deer-gnoring” others. We selected this piece as the first prize for its high total value, taking into consideration the quality of the design and illustrations and its message.


Christmas Card Category Award (2 cards)

Kanae Kouno “May your Christmas be merry and Happy!”

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Comment

This monochromatic sock, drawn to the full size of the screen, gathered the attention of the members of the jury thanks to the impressive heavy presence of its ornaments. With an elegant balance between the intricately drawn pattern and the ornaments, this is a card that could be used among the elderly as well.


小森のぐさん 『Santa Claus is like a NINJA.』

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Comment

The idea that “Santa Claus is like a ninja” is lovely. We selected this heartwarming New Year Card because of the sense of humor that can be felt from the poses of the character as it turns from Santa into a ninja (or from a ninja into Santa?).


New Year’s Card Category Award (2 cards)

Yuusuke Uchida “14”

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We felt that this is a piece of work in which each of its components is very well balanced, from the stability of the composition and the refreshing feeling inspired by the flag fluttering in the wind, to the warm taste of the drawing. The colors, the texture and the touch of the drawing are lovely – we would definitely like to see more of this artist’s work in the future.


Ms.Hine Mizushima “Omedetou 2014”

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Comment

This card presents a variety of lucky charms, mixing good luck wishes with the atmosphere typical of the New Year and the cuteness of the miniatures featured. Anybody would certainly be happy to find a card like this in their mailbox. The way in which the red color is used to give a sense of unity is also good.


Comments regarding other cards

Here are a few cards that enjoyed popularity among the members of the jury, even though they regrettably did not receive any prize.

Hama-house “The Next Move”

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Comment

The idea of linking the horse with chess is good! We felt that this is a New Year’s Card that includes exciting elements and that anybody would be happy to receive at the beginning of a new year.


Mr.

Satoshi Yamada “2014 New Year’s Card”

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Comment

Some members of the jury stated that they would like to “turn this card into a T-shirt as it is.” This is the kind of design that people from other countries may like too.


MS.MIZ “Wishing you a happy New Year”

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One of the members of the jury decided to freely name this “Kenta Usurutan”(sorry!) It attracted everybody’s attention because of its cuteness. The balance when combining different textures is lovely. Also, the eye make-up of the character is adorable!


MS.hamayokoyoshi “christmas kimono girl”

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Comment

The unique style of this card gathered the attention of the members of the jury. The receiver cannot help but gradually be engulfed by its atmosphere beyond description. We will be looking forward to future submissions.


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