Featured illustration for last years Christmas Eve church service and introductory sermon series for Ellerslie Road Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The title "A Story Runs Through It" was supplied by the pastoral leadership at Ellersie with the explanation that Christ's story is like a ribbon - extending from the Old to New Testament. Familiar Christmas imagery was to be incorporated.
I'm fortunate to have a fair degree of creative freedom with the projects I work on for Ellerslie. In this instance a number of key visuals were incorporated - a ribbon (bound around a gift given), a pathway (reflecting the connection of Moses through to the manger), a Christmas tree, a manger scene and a guiding light in the night sky (that also acts as the star on the top of the landscape Christmas tree).
The concept came together rather quickly given the abstract nature of the title. Beyond the elements noted above, I selected a rich purple for the primary colour - working off of its royal association, added warm highlights that draw the eye to the small, humble lit window of the manger scene in the background. Final touch was the title incorporation - using the "O" as a doorway for one to pass through.