Many cultures, One story

Many cultures, One story

International childrens book dayThe 2nd April sees children across the world take part in International Children’s Book Day with this year’s theme Many cultures, One story. Each year the Day is sponsored by a different country which decides on a theme and invites an author from that country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. There are wonderful children’s books being published around the world and International Children’s Book Day is a good reminder to make a point of sharing books originally published in other countries with our children. Check out your local library for info on events taking place in your area.

Unearth Jamaica’s Hidden histories

jamaica hidden historiesWhether you are of Jamaican heritage or not, this brilliant educational project by Full Spectrum Productions aims to unearth and communicate information to diverse communities to understand the history of Jamaica, its distinctive cultural identity and links with Britain. Given the fact that Jamaican culture has become a global brand, it makes for a fascinating day out. “It would be hard to find a better expression not just of Jamaica’s contribution to modern London but of the tragedy, joy and potential of this very special island story” says the Evening Standard. We couldn’t agree more. Click here to find out more
www.RichNSkinny.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommend a local stockist!

cbc gift selectionWe are on a mission to increase our presence in local stockists, the life blood of the high-street. To help us on this mission we are launching our recommend a stockist competition. Do you know of a local independent gift or card shop where you think Color blind cards should be stocked? Simply tweet us @Colorblindcards the name of your recommended retailer and any other useful details, and we’ll randomly select a winning ‘tweeter’ to bag a Color blind cards goodie bag worth over £40.

 

 

Things We Adore 

keep-calm-spring-is-here-Missed the eclipse? Never mind spring has sprung!  As the perfect season to clear out, regroup and create space for growth and reflection, we’ve selected our top 5 places to revel in spring-time beauty during Easter days out around the UK.

  • Hyde Park for a boat ride on the Serpentine
  • London’s Holland Park for peacock spotting
  • Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park for its walking trails
  • Wimpole Estate in Shropshire for farm animal play

Hodnet Hall in Shropshire for instagram worthy blooms

The Islington Super heroes who inspired Color blind Cards in 2014

One of our most wonderful mornings this year was spent at Paradise Park PRU school in Islington, with pupils aged 6-11.
We’d been invited in to the Pupil Referral Unit to talk about Color blind Cards, why and how the business was started and why its important, before we worked with the boys to create their own ‘I’m a superhero’ greeting cards based on a popular design in our range. Greeting card design by Laqui

Here we showcase the talented pupil’s brilliant work and depictions of their personal super powers.

Thanks to the artists Laqui, Dante, Romario, Danish, John and Asharn for sharing your unique talents with our followers. It was a magical morning for Color blind Cards and hopefully you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Wishing all of our supporters (and their little super-heroes and heroines) truly wonderful holidays.

Color blind Cards win National Diversity Award 2013 for Race, Religion & Faith!

Jessica Huie

Jessica Huie & Ivar Van Diepen

 We are delighted! On Friday 20th September Color blind Cards were awarded
a National Diversity Award for our efforts to bring diversity to the British Highstreet.
Our founder Jessica Huie attended the awards ceremony with her daughter Monet who had been the inspiration behind the launch 6 years ago,
and was thrilled when Color blind Cards won the entrepreneur of excellence
award for Race, Religion and Faith. The awards aim to recognise nominees who were community organisations, individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs, in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation. Brian Dowling and CBeebies Cerrie Burnell hosted the ceremony; they both did a fantastic job on the night!

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Snowflakes by Cerrie Brunell

Cerrie was particularly interested to learn about the ethos behind Color blind Cards, as her first children’s book Snowflakes has just been published. With the strapline ‘Every snowflake is different, every snowflake is perfect,’ the beautifully animated book tells the touching story of Mia who arrives in the country to stay with her Grandma from the city and finds everything to be
frighteningly different. But then the snow begins to fall and Mia discovers that every snowflake is different – just like every child, and yet they all have so much in common. Available on Amazon here

The roll out of Color blind Cards across Clinton Card stores in 2008 was a
personal triumph for Jessica as a mother and entrepreneur. Today Color blind
Cards are stocked in numerous independent stockists, online at
www.colorblindcards.com and will be available in Britain’s major supermarket
chains imminently. Outside of the UK, Color blind Cards can be found as far
afield as South Africa, Nigeria, Barbados and will debut in the US chain
Staples online super store this summer. The brand have also recently
broadened their offering with a new range of Color blind gifts, which include,
clocks, baby bags, key rings and mouse mats.
“Our greeting cards celebrate the diversity of Britain” Says Founder Jessica
Huie. “Society is changing, the mixed race ethnic group is the fastest growing group
in this country and if you look at London, it is one of the world’s most
multicultural cities and the high-street should reflect that.”

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                          Winners at the NDA’s 2013

As a mother I am passionate about ensuring that my children have access to
positive images which represent them on greeting cards, Color blind Cards is
the result of that motivation, not just for my kids but for all children.”
The National Diversity Awards will be televised on 8th November 2013 on the community channel.

 

 

Diversity is a beautiful word

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Without diversity think how boring the world would be. We would wear the same style of clothes, eat the same food, watch the same movies and stick to the same routine throughout our entire lives. Pure monotony. Diversity shows creativity and the innovation of the human mind to create. So many things we enjoy today have come from a desire to diversify and push boundaries. Steve Jobs revolutionised the way we listen to music and interact with the Iphone, Mark Zuckerberg has developed the way we communicate by creating an online social landscape, Run Dmc brought rap music into our lives, JK Rowling opened our imagination to a new world of fantasy and literature and so many others have changed our lives with their ideas and innovations.

Diversity is a part of all of us, and when harnessed the resut is growth and an enhanced experience for us all. Color blind cards fully embrace diversity and are charting a new path in how we greet and express our gratitude to each other by ensuring that the cards and gifts we send depict imagery which is representative of just how diverse our world is. We weren’t prepared to settle for the limitations of the cards we saw on high-street shelves, and that discontent has brought us on this journey. Perfect time to mention that out mission and success so far has resulted in color blind cards having been shortlisted for the 2013 National Diversity Awards! Up against 4,500 other entries its great to have our efforts recognised – do cross your fingers for us! We’ll update you after awards night on September 20th. We are playing our role and we encourage you to join the movement and play your part. If you want to be part of our team you can become a cards trader and get more information by clicking on this link: http://personalise.colorblindcards.com/become_trade

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