'Smileys' for The Hay Festival

Here are a few 'smileys' created by HCA Illustration students that were used as part of a children's workshop that we held at this years Hay Literary Festival. The stamps were used to send decorated envelopes designed and illustrated by visiting schoolchildren -They were asked to write a 'letter to their future selves'. It was a lot of fun and we will then send them on to the children in a years time.

The children were asked to think about letter writing as an alternative to emailing and text messaging. We wanted to encourage visual decoration and creativity by adding a personalised individual touch to a message thereby adding to the enjoyment of receiving a hand written letter in the post. Something we think is in danger of being lost in the age of the tweet.

Anyone can make their own smiley!