We’re thrilled to have received 33 entries in our second biennial The Common Thread for the Cure scarf design contest! The designs are now being considered by a panel of esteemed design professionals (click here to revisit our blog post announcing this year’s judging panel). We’ve also opened the voting to the public, so we’ll have an additional winner this year chosen by popular vote. We invite you to click here to vote anytime between now and April 30th.
Here’s the fifth post in our “Behind the Designs” series. Enjoy this look at five creative and inspirational designs and the moving concepts behind them.
Nature’s Illusions: Marian R. Jacobs
“Mountains create both positive and negative space in nature. They can set a horizon line, secure a solid base in the landscape or become more ethereal when viewed from a distance. When sunlight and clouds pass by mountain ranges, there are strong movements of shadows and reflections. The form of the mountain morphs in the light and the dark, creating interplay between positive and negative space. This is the theme for the design of this scarf.
The intent is to take a solid mass, the mountain, and break it apart. The pieces float upward toward the sky, and create shadows and reflections. As the pieces dissolve upward, they begin to take on characteristics of other elements of nature. The forms morph into something abstract. Is it water, is it snow melting down the mountain, is it the sky meeting the mountain, is it shadow or light? It is completely random and abstract.
It is all about the illusion that is created by spending time looking at nature. It is an individual perception of what appears before you. Similarly, healing comes from nature. Opportunities to interact with natural surroundings can reset the mind body experience. Nature can calm people in stressed situations, create meditative opportunities, and fill a person with wonder. The expanse of a mountain can bring strength to surroundings, offer solace in it’s permanence and extract whatever someone needs to see to find comfort and peace.
The color of the scarf is intended to have a white background with a black pattern, reinforcing the positive and negative of the elements. Another variation would be the reverse, using a black background with white forms. Finally, a third variation could be a burn out overlay, or several cut outs of the geometric forms, allowing for purposeful holes in the fabric.”
Hidden Treasure: John M Gay
“Everything came full circle for Dana Divine the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Immediately, she needed to make life choices that would absolutely affect her future. She needed questions answered yesterday and would make decisions in hours. She had a sense of urgency in wanting everything and everybody around her, to come together for her healing process. Instantly, pieces of the puzzle in her life started to make sense. She gAthered information from her friends, her community and strangers’ perspectives. She sought the confidence of clergy, of chefs, and of stylists. She spent time listening to a homeless woman’s dreams. She recognized her mortality in the same moment. Old and new friends became her net and network. Strange women that she would commune with weekly, during chemotherapy treatment, eventually became close confidantes whose similar stories were the ties that bound them together. A reminder that “…”we’re all in this together.”
Shortly after Dana was cancer free,s he wrote “Dog Parks and coffee Shops.” Themes of urgency, healing & bonding from her personal battle informed the music and lyrics. When I achieved the email from Crossville, I immediately called Dana, asking her to a team on designing the BCA Scarf. I requested that she give me an original song, to analyze, that was inspired by her cancer walk. Next, I would design a master plan that would be inspired by her music. Finally, the Parti Sketch for the design would become the pattern for the scarf.
The development target zone is a 1.5 mile section of abandoned track embankment, traversing the grand Boulevard & Oakland neighborhoods, from Green Line to Lake Front in Chicago. The development will Educate, Entertain & Employ (E3) a Micro financially challenged community with the Macro affluent Bronzeville. E3 will become a community Amenity including:
1. Walk, Run & Bike Path
2. 5 pavilions (inspired by the Chorus)
a. Dog Park + Coffee House
b. Collard Greens (sustainable Tech Center) + Hip Hop (Retail Outlet)
c. Fine Dining + Flaming Hots
i. Restaurant with organic food grown 15’ below
d. Red Bottoms + Hi-tops
i. Mixed Use building with Retail on Cottage Grove
e. Goat Cheese + Laptops
i. Restaurant with an internet cafe, both with Lake views
3. ADA Access.
Breast Cancer Awareness is the cause that can activate a response to a lack of education, entertainment & employment in some of our neighborhoods. This Parti sketch is an urgent response to violence and economic discourse. This development as an economic engine can be a healing catalyst, creating construction jobs and permanent jobs. E3 is the hidden treasure, creating neighborhood change. Conceptually, the TRAIL will be expressed as crushed red granite with solid bands (Buenos Aires Mood: polo) placed, mocking the songs rhythm (every twenty feet) and the Pavilions will be shipping containers with fabric sun-shades & BIPV’s in a mountain logo configuration, creating our “Bystander Effect.”
We combined our life puzzles as the music binds us together.”
Flying Geese: Monica Barton
“When I opened it, the familiar Crossville Mountain imagery immediately reminded me of the Flying Geese quilt block. From that quilt block came my inspiration for the scarf.
In nature, geese have discovered that they can reach their destination more quickly and with less energy expended when they fly together in formation. By working together harmoniously on teams, sharing common values and a common destination, they all arrive at the destination quicker and easier, because they are lifted up by the energy and enthusiasm of one another. This is also true of the cancer journey.
In quilting, the Flying Geese pattern is a sub-unit. Often several Flying Geese sub-units are pieced together to create a single quilt block. The Flying Geese sub-unit can be assembled in many ways, Basket, Bird In the Air, North Star, creating very different visual outcomes. Many of the blocks that use the Flying Geese are representative of journey, travel or direction.
In my scarf the Flying Geese sub-unit represents the individual battling the disease. At the center of the scarf the sub-unit is combined into modified Flying Dutchman representing the loved ones supporting the individual. The idea that from one standard unit come many different results is symbolic of each individuals cancer experience.
I chose a dark neutral palette to represent the seriousness of the disease and the somber mood when first given the diagnosis. The bright pink stripe or ribbon, the color most associated with breast cancer, runs down the middle of the scarf, representing the Common Thread.
This design was done as a tribute to my mother and all other victims of cancer, regardless of type, taken too soon.”
Tapestry of Life: Veronica Eddins
Heart on Fire: Frida Dunayer
“The Common Thread is a wonderful charity activity, which has giving me a meaninful and fulfilling experience to share with the design community. My inspiration for the scarf design was the creation of a joyful and positive image; one which would bring a smile to the face of the person wearing it or looking at it.
My experience as a medical designer has demonstrated that good design yields positive clinical outcomes. I wanted to continue that philosophy in the creation of my scarf. The center of the design is a vibrant, flaming heart containing the image of two women looking upward. This image focuses on hope from within the essence of our being; the human heart on fire with passion. The shape of two women also reflects symbolism of working together to fight this illness. The backgrounds of the scarf are striations of color in motion representing the fibers of our lives tying us together in a common cause.
My initial concepts of joyful blasts of color became much more intense as I developed the design and felt more engaged in the cause we support. The time spent on the project is just a small personal contribution of effort and participation in Breast Cancer Awareness activities; supporting the members of our design-construction community who want to help the ones that suffer from this disease.
Our gift to the cause can be considered successful as we inspire additional members of the public to get involved and support the cause. Unfortunately, many of us start getting involved only when a friend or a family member fall victim to this sickness. This project will demonstrate the need of working together, sharing our efforts and love to withstand the cancer threat, promote breast cancer awareness, and ultimately its cure.”
If you missed the previous posts in our “Behind the Designs” series, click the links below: