DURHAM, N.C., June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 26, Inga Girvica was named the winner of Spoonflower's Design Challenge in collaboration with BucketFeet, a shoe company that manufactures limited edition footwear featuring designs by artists from around the world. BucketFeet will use Girvica's winning design, "Under the water," to help build a shoe collection raising awareness about the environmental impact of rising sea levels on ocean health. Girvica, known as Lavish_season on Spoonflower, also received $250 from BucketFeet and $150 from Spoonflower, a licensing contract for the run of footwear, and a pair of shoes featuring her winning design.
The month-long Design Challenge invited participants to create a design specifically for BucketFeet in the visual theme of "Oceans." Girvica's aquatic design featuring sea urchins garnered the most votes from a pool of over 506 unique entries.
"This challenge featured so many talented artists with beautiful designs. I was happy to get to the round of 100, and I didn't expect to win," shared Girvica, "Now I am stunned with a victory, and I'm grateful for each vote for my design."
Spoonflower Design Challenges give designers of all skill levels an opportunity to submit an original design and compete for a chance at career-changing exposure. Since 2009, Spoonflower has hosted over 300 design challenges, each with an entirely unique and original theme. The challenges have not only inspired new designers to improve their skills and test their creativity, but have formed the backbone of the Spoonflower community itself.
"The secret to a strong collection is the ability to have a curious look on the world, keenness, an alive heart and a desire to communicate with the world," shared Girvica.
About Inga Girvica: Girvica lives in Daugavpils, a small town in the southeast of Latvia, Europe. She studied interior design in college and now works as a graphic designer. She fell in love with design when spending summertime in the countryside and on the sea coast as a child. She is inspired by the beauty of nature, weather, sea and forest smells, the magic of the floral world and communication with animals. Visit her Spoonflower shop [http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/lavish_season] to see her winning design "Under the water."
About Spoonflower: Spoonflower lets users design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Founded in 2008, it was the world's first web-based service for custom fabric creation and has become the world's largest community of independent fabric designers. With over 350,000 designs for fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap, and more added every day, the Spoonflower Marketplace is also the world's largest design collection of its kind. Making things with Spoonflower is the subject of a new title from Abrams Books, The Spoonflower Handbook: A DIY Guide to Designing Fabric, Wallpaper & Gift Wrap with 30+ Projects. For more information visit www.Spoonflower.com/welcome.
About BucketFeet: BucketFeet is an online retailer specializing in artist-designed footwear. The company exists to connect people through art by collaborating with emerging artists from around the world to design each shoe. All artists receive a portion of the profits made from their designs. Find out more at www.bucketfeet.com.
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