Every year the Dutch NGO: StopAidsNow comes out with a new Artbag to raise money and awareness for their activities to preventaids in developing countries, - focusing on women, adolescents and children. The bags are on sale around World AIDS Day (December 1st) for 5 euros each. They are sold under the slogan: "Buy a bag and save a life". Over the past 10 years, 750.000 bags have been sold.
This year, the contest for the best design was run via Internet and social media. Marina Kulik saw the call for submissions and decided to enter with "Big Rose" (one of her big watercolours - 100x70 cm). She (and about 400 other artists) uploaded a photo on to www.crowdbag.nl In addition to people who stumbled over the Facebook page and picked their favourite, artists recruited friends -and their friends –and their children and classmates,etc. to vote. More than 4000 people voted. Marina ended up in the top 10. A qualified jury (of well known Dutch artists) then picked the winner.
I am proud to say, that the artist I voted for won - our very own Marina Kulik. She now joins other famous artists and designers such as: Dick Bruna, Henk Schiffmacher, Viktor & Rolf, Marcel Wanders, Keith Haring, Erwin Olaf and Piet Paris in having her artwork on an artbag.
|Marina Kulik with her contribution: BIG ROSE|
We will have to be patient, the bag will not be produced before week 42 and will be ‘launched’ on World Aids Day, the 1st of December. The price of the bag is 5€, you can pre-order it through Marina or (for the Dutch) via www.stopaidsnow.nl
Marina: Please reserve 2 for me !