Our second biennial The Common Thread for the Cure scarf design contest is now in full swing. We recently received 33 stunning design submissions from members of our design community at large (special thanks to all who’ve participated!). The designs are now with our panel of esteemed judges (click here to revisit our blog post announcing this year’s judging panel), and we’ve opened online voting to determine a ‘popular vote’ winner, as well. We invite you to click here to vote anytime between now and April 30th.
In a series of upcoming blog posts, we’re featuring the designs we received and sharing the “concept statement” the creators provided to convey the ideas and inspiration behind the works of art. Continue to follow our blog to see all the designs and keep track of the contest’s progress!
Wings of Strength: Gennifer Hunt
“My family has a history of breast cancer, and in my family we have a survivor. My Aunt Irene for one, is one of the strongest women I know, and for that I resembled the wings to be like her. She had a double mastectomy and acts like nothing had changed. The women I see in pictures online showing off their battle scars and beautiful tattoos are extremely inspirational. Their bravery and image of themselves has made them more remarkable. Their journey has fashioned them into distinctive individuals. I have seen the pain and suffering that has accompanied their struggles, and with this design I felt as if just maybe this symbolism would provide them some strength to keep going, knowing they are protected and someone above is watching over them.
To help just one of these women emotionally or spiritually would be such an honor to me. To have them wear my design would make me feel as if I was helping someone that deserves so much more. For the mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers and so on, to their loved ones to see them protected. That is what I would like to see achieved by my design.
I wanted this design to showcase femininity, fierceness, and protection. The background in this design signifies to me lightness of a bubble, lifting off the burden of the cancer. The wings on the scarf incorporate the awareness ribbon at the ends and are shown to be a more of a rockabilly style wing. These wings signify the strong, badass women they are protecting. I also had the wings spread out so that when you fold the scarf over it is like its wearer is in the wings of a guardian angel. There for protection. The wings are to wrap around its person making them feel safe and warm.”
One of a Kind Piece of Art: Colleen Smith
“I wanted to create a scarf design that looked like a piece of art. Something one of a kind just like each person’s experience with Breast Cancer. I created an abstract watercolor painting using various tones of the pink Brest Cancer Awareness color and contrasting black. Just like life, painting with watercolor is unpredictable. You have to live in the moment and you don’t have total control over the outcome. I started out purposefully marking the paper with my brush, idea in mind- but it felt too controlled, and I quickly abandoned it for reckless paint dipping, water spraying, and finger painting. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out, but when I let go and created something in the moment it turned out beautiful. I was inspired by stories of people dealing with Breast Cancer who despite their struggle and loss of control, chose to appreciate every moment we are blessed with.”
Love’s Alchemy: Kerry Steele
“My design is a modified version of one of my original paintings titled, “Love’s Alchemy” with the Crossville logo layered over in a repeat. I felt that the imagery along with the title of my work fit this project well. Love is an essential need and becomes magnified during times of illness. In my work as a whole, I seek to create visual metaphors for abstract ideas and real objects. The imagery in this particular piece can be viewed as both a metaphor for transformative love and a novel depiction of the breast cancer ribbon.
The imagery in my original painting reminds me of the iconic breast cancer ribbon, though that was not my original intention with this painting. My brushstrokes were meant to evoke the different ways love moves through our lives, changes us and the way we then view it in turn. My inspiration evolved through the process of painting. It began as an idea about romantic love but as it grew nearer completion, the complexity of the piece led me to consider a broader view. Love of parent and child, of community or country, as well as, acts of altruistic love came to mind.
The title came about while I was thinking about how love of all kinds can have a magical, transformative effect. When working out of love for a cause or in a personal situation real change can happen and that is why I chose this particular painting of mine.”
Two Sides of the Same Coin: Hsin Yi Chiu
“Life is good, may our paths cross one day. We can never predict the future, as much we can only looking back to see our path. The design idea behind this submission is simple. There are many surprises in our life. Same can be said about many breast cancer patients, survivors, and families. My encounter with breast cancer is through my aunt, and my mom. During both time, I was not able to be around, and the anxiety of not knowing, and inability to do anything settle in much. It is a bless both of them out last the cancer, and still living and enjoying. However, this idea of unknown is a constant remainder of fragility of our existence. The design is not to be pessimistic about the future, but to know and prepare what is possible. Everyday, there will be up and down, but those are the memories and moments that we should treasured one day. Tragedy and fortune are two sides of the same coin; it may be a blessing in disguise.”
Pattern of Unwavering Strength and Resilience: Jackie Von Tobel
“My design was inspired by the natural stone textures and patterns found in many of Crossville’s products. The stone and tile surfaces that we encounter in our everyday lives give strength and stability to our homes and surroundings. Having lived through my own family member’s battles against cancer I was privileged to witness their unwavering strength and resilience throughout. My hope is that my scarf design will remind people of that strength and the unmoving resolve to beat cancer exhibited by the individuals who are personally affected, their families, the general public, and companies such as Crossville who join in the battle.”