Last minute Christmas idea raises over €1.2k for Cork Simon

Last minute Christmas idea raises over €1.2k for Cork Simon
Jason O'Gorman of Dynamite, pictured at his studio on George's Quay, Cork.

It was pure serendipity which lead illustrator and graphic designer Jason O'Gorman to sell Christmas cards in aid of the homeless charity.  

As the owner of Dynamite Studio, a motion and graphic design studio on George's Quay, a gesture of thanks led to a mini Christmas miracle.

"I usually send out around 20-30 Christmas cards to clients just to say thank you," Jason told The Echo.

Pressed for time owing to an incredibly busy 2019, Jason used elements of two large scale illustrations he had previously done featuring some of Cork's most well-loved and recognisable landmarks entitled, Mini Cork and Mini Pana and combined them into a tree shape, captioned with the slogan 'Happy Corkmas'.

Christmas cards designed by Jason O'Gorman raised €1,275 for Cork Simon.
Christmas cards designed by Jason O'Gorman raised €1,275 for Cork Simon.

"The reaction from clients was incredible. 

"People kept asking me 'can I buy them off your website?' 

"It was last minute so they weren't available, but then I thought with the interest that was there I could print a run of them and sell them in aid of Cork Simon.

"I normally donate €250 to Cork Simon every Christmas, but instead of making a cash donation, I thought it might be nice to use that money to print 400 cards and give all the funds raised to Cork Simon," Jason continued.

The stunning cards featured landmarks from Cork's north and southside such as Shandon Bells, the Port of Cork and the Echo Boy statue - all topped perfectly with the Christmas Ferris Wheel.

With the help of St Peter's, Jason retailed the Christmas cards, which to his astonishment sold out in just four days.

"I couldn't believe it, I told them in St Peter's I'll come back to collect the excess but after the first day, they told me to come back with another delivery.

"I thought I'd be lucky to sell 30!

"It was a last minute idea that just completely exploded and I'm so taken aback but of course, delighted."

Jason O'Gorman of Dynamite, pictured at his studio on George's Quay, Cork.
Jason O'Gorman of Dynamite, pictured at his studio on George's Quay, Cork.

Despite the fact that Christmas has just passed, people are already asking if Jason will do the cards again next year.

"I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow, let alone next year," he laughed.

"I probably won't do the same thing again, but I definitely will do something," he added. 

Jason has also become popular for his quirky illustrations of Cork City featuring elements of different films such as Joker, The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, which he sells through jasongorman.ie

These have garnered local, national and international attention.

"I've had orders from as far and wide as Japan and Chicago. 

"I always try and view things through a different lens - that's when I come up with things like imagining King Kong on top of Shandon Bells!

"I think films such as King Kong and The Lord of the Rings invoke a feeling of nostalgia for people so it's cool to be able to bring those elements to my work."

Jason O'Gorman, of Dynamite Studio, who has produced quirky images of Cork City, featuring elements from different films.
Jason O'Gorman, of Dynamite Studio, who has produced quirky images of Cork City, featuring elements from different films.

Jason, who hails from the northside of Cork undertakes all of his work for jasongorman.ie after coming home from his day job in Dynamite.

Also a father to three young children, it's a hectic schedule for the talented artist.

"I don't sleep much, but it's all worth it," he laughed.

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