May 01, 2017
DO GOOD WORK: Creativity flowed in from across the globe as artists channeled their marine fantasies for this year’s design challenge, which resulted in three fabulous new Wrappily designs and a sweet little donation to the Ocean Conservancy.
As we tallied another year of ballots, we reflected on how this little contest really squares up to a win for us all. Over 600 ballots were cast, THANK YOU FOR VOTING, FRIENDS! Among all the diverse and skilled design work, three submissions bubbled to the top as the clear crowd-favorites. We're thrilled to bring these talented artists into our family of designers, and even more excited to deliver their gorgeous designs to you in the form of new Wrappily eco wrapping paper in the very near future.
Thanks to the all the participating artists' submissions, we happily wrote a donation check (on Earth Day, even!) to the Ocean Conservancy making good on our pledge of $10 for every valid submission received. Additionally, we've pledged to donate an additional 5% of online sales from each of the winning designs to the artists’ eco-charity of choice. Great design that gives back sure feels like a win to us.
We know the suspense is killing you, so without further adieu...
We are all mesmerized by the way Catalina Villegas imagined the underwater landscape. "The intricacy and variety of living creatures on coral reefs and around the ocean. It's kind of like a natural replica of the starry sky but underwater” she noted. “So I wanted to capture the essence of what I think it might feel like to live underwater, an explosion of color (even though my palette is restricted to 3), movement, and creatures of all sorts. El Mar!" We are looking forward to seeing her vision come to life. As her eco-charity of choice, Catalina has named The Coral Restoration Foundation, a nonprofit organization that takes a scientific approach to restore coral reefs and educate the public on how they can help protect our oceans.
Giselle Huberman, a graphic and surface pattern designer from Argentina, won over the hearts of voters with her colorful, swirling vision of a botanical landscape under the sea. A contender from the very beginning, this design was “inspired by the incredible beauty and exuberance of underwater flora” she shared. Giselle will soon be choosing an eco-charity and we look forward to her decision.
Lively watercolor critters caught the eyes of voters this year. Originally hailing from California, artist Angela Johnson now resides in the islands with endless sea life inspiration right in her backyard. “I live on the island of Hawaii where I am always in awe of the serene and wild beauty of the sea. I love how under the cool blues of the ocean there is a vibrant, colorful, and magical world of life,” she shared. Her uses of vibrant watercolors are a beautiful representation of what it is like under the Pacific Ocean. Angela will name her charity of choice soon, and we’ll keep you posted.
What do say? Same time, same place next year?
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.