Before we throw up the confetti, we want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude to all the contributing artists and close to 500 voters who stopped by to make our second annual Earth Day Design Contest a huge success. Thanks to the hard work of our contributing artists, we're thrilled to be donating $340 to the environmental non-profit organization, Earth Day Network, and as we also committed, we will also be donating 5% of online sales of each of the three winning designs to the artists' eco-charity of choice.
You voters get a little something, too. As we did last year, we are gifting the new collection hot-off-the-press to any voter who's ballot matched the winners. Nearly forty ballots included two of the patterns, and amazingly, three voters nailed all three winners: Denise Thayer, Karlijn Van der Wijk, and Sarah Smith (no relation/ association to our founder). A round of applause, ladies—you know how to pick a winner (or three!) We'll be contacting you via email to make prize arrangements.
Look for these beautiful patterns in our SHOP in June.
Watercolor Cactus by Dutch graphic designer Heleen van der Thillart stole your hearts. "I design bright and bold designs," Heleen tells us from Rotterdam, "I love the variety in shapes, sizes and colors in cacti and succulents. We don't have them naturally here in the Netherlands, but you can buy them everywhere. For this design I chose to use watercolors, because it feels fitting for these plants." At Heleen's choice, 5% of online sales of Watercolor Cactus will benefit Natuur & Milieu, an organization providing innovation in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable mobility, and healthy food, operating primarily in the Netherlands, as well as a European and global scale.
Watercolor Cactus by Heleen van der Thillart
Turns out you couldn't pass up the frolicking whales in Ashlee Fujimoto's Hawai‘i Love, either. Who could? Ashlee, who was born and raised in the islands, shared, "These designs are inspired by the lush beauty and joyful playfulness of nature in Hawai‘i." Ashlee chose to benefit Mālama Hulē‘ia, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to improving and restoring the Nawiliwili Bay Watershed on her home island of Kaua‘i.
Hawai‘i Love by Ashlee Fujimoto
Playful critters seamed to have you're eye, because the happy birds and sweet little bunnies in The Enchanted Garden by Tamara Houtveen grabbed your votes. Filled with cheerful blooms and bright colors, this pattern captures the magical quality of a child's imagination, definitely a strength of Tamara's style. The Ducth designer (yes, two of our winners are from the Netherlands this year!) will be naming a charity of choice soon. We'll keep you posted.
The Enchanted Garden by Tamara Houtveen
Eco-friendly and adorably chic, Wrappily uses neighborhood newspaper presses to print great patterns on 100% recyclable and compostable newsprint—an answer to the millions of tons of trash attributed to wrapping paper every year. This smart, new take on wrapping paper is an idea who's time has come. Our founder set out on her mission to green-up giving in 2013, a journey filled with marvelously talented people who are creating amazing patterns for our wrapping paper. After all, we believe in beautifully wrapped gifts, but not at the expense of the environment.