So here's something completely out of the blue.
A couple weeks ago, I received an email from VIDA. VIDA is a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful products. And the best part is that using part of proceeds from the sales of the products, VIDA creates literacy programs for the makers, so that they have opportunities to learn reading, writing and basic math that they would not otherwise have.
Click here or the image below to learn more:
The reason that they were reaching out to me was to ask if I was interested in providing a few of my paintings as designs for some of their products.
Isn't that incredible? An opportunity to make my paintings into wearable, beautiful products, in a sustainable way? Yes, please.
And so over the weekend, I searched through my collection and looked for the paintings that I thought might make beautiful tees (because honestly, I have a weakness for beautiful tees). There are now seven products up on the site, and if the pre-orders sell within the next 14 days, VIDA will promote me to a 'slate' seller, and will help me sell more of my work.(As extra enticement, VIDA is offering the $25USD to the first 10 buyers of my tees!)
Here are the three Calgary images I chose to include for these tees.
1. East Village. You can see the Simons Building sign on the Tee
2. Downtown Avenue. This is Steven Avenue in downtown Calgary
3. Downtown Calgary. is the name of the shirt on Vida, but the painting is looking at the stampede grounds in action with the Saddledome and the downtown buildings behind. This is kind of a famous image. It was picked by a card company out of Quebec for a cityscape series and also by Calgary Tourism as part of their White Hat Awards.
I have been on location to draw and paint all of my paintings. Each painting includes photos I took on site. For example in my East Village painting - see the guy riding that extra large tri-cycle? Well he was out there riding in that exact spot when I went out to take photos one day. I asked him if he would like to be in the painting and he said, 'yes!'. So he is infamous now. Later his father commissioned another painting with a photo of his son and his fiancee (married now) to be placed 'some where downtown'. Maybe that one will be in the next collection of Vida clothing.
Scroll down to see how they look on the tees.
I have also included two paintings from my study of New York. I went there for 10days and that visit inspired my entire Big City Living Series.
I have also included one scene from Edmonton - my favourite street near the University and the Sugarbowl cafe, and a streetcar painting of San Francisco. You will have to go on the site to see the tees.
Let me know if there is another painting you would like to see printed on a tee or maybe a a scarf. I hope to offer another round of designer clothing!
Sign-up below my newsletter.
Art is the...
great connector of people, places and dreams. It speaks the language of the heart when it is authentic and created from an open and non-judgemental space. It is passionate pursuit of creation with a playful mind.