For my final Mashup Assignment this week, I decided to create and complete my own assignment called Holiday Mashup worth 3 stars! I wasn’t feeling super enthusiastic about any of the other assignments. With the holiday season coming up, I am feeling very enthusiastic about Thanksgiving and Christmas though! I decided it would be great to give people the opportunity to creatively mashup their favorite holidays and cultural traditions. The assignment asks you to visually combine your top THREE favorites, creating a new character and telling the story behind that character. The goal is to preserve elements from each holiday/tradition you choose, while also formulating a new holiday/tradition out of the combination. My favorite holidays are: 1. Christmas, 2. Thanksgiving, and 3. Easter. I combined these into one, cohesive character below!
This character is the thankful Christmas bunny! He still has all of his Easter Eggs filled with treats, but each also contains a slip of paper (like a fortune cookie) which gives the recipient of the egg one of the things the bunny is thankful for. He has two little buddies, the bird and the turkey who help him deliver the thankful eggs to all the little children, like how Santa gives presents to little kids! If someone was bad that year, they received an egg that asks them to do something nice for someone else. I think by mashing up these three holidays, I have created a unique character that challenges both children and adults to be conscious of their actions and to live gratefully, while also being rewarded for their kindness.
I created this image with Pixlr, an online photo editing software. I used clipart images to create this character, all found through Google searches. I then added each image onto the picture by opening them up as a layer through the copied URL. I resized and positioned each image to make one cohesive character image.