my favorite Tervis wrap for morning coffee!
So backtracking a bit...I have wanted to design for them for quite a while and have been in discussion with them for over a year, but they have been working with big licensors such as Disney, Coke, Harley, Nascar. Hard for little me to compete with those big dogs! They have been great however, about continuing to meet with me and keep the lines of communication open. I initially pitched an inspirational collection of art to them which they liked but were not "ready for"... I was told in January it would be 2-3 years until something may happen. I was disappointed at first but then at peace with it and was frankly busy with other design work.
Women of Vision in Charlotte to design their 10 year anniversary bookmark for their fundraiser dinner. The Charlotte Women of Vision chapter is filled with amazing women who have such a heart for those in need. It is part of the World Vision ministry which you can read more about here. It was requested that I paint hands holding the earth... I guess the hands could be viewed as those who are called to serve...people's hands who are helping serve on earth. I viewed the hands rather as God holding, protecting the earth. Both are great ways to view the art but that's what I kept thinking of as I painted it.
Richard Stearns who runs World Vision. He was a dynamic speaker and I purchased his book, which I am embarrassed to say I have barely cracked but plan to for spring break!
A week after the event, I was contacted out of the blue by Tervis asking for some "green, earthy art." They felt like my style was a fit and asked me to quickly submit. I painted several new designs but knew they would not use anything inspirational I sent. Then it happened. I guess it was God placing the idea in my head and telling me "Use the hands holding the earth; MY hands holding the earth." So I reworked it to a Love the Earth theme.
Of all the art I submitted I never thought:
A. one of my designs would be chosen
B. they would pick this one
To me this was God's way of getting on that tumbler anyway, without scripture or inspirational text.
Most folks who see these tumbler wraps in stores soon may never know the history behind those hands, but I will and you will and I hope you will purchase them and spread the word.
So now, I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please let me know which background you like best...we are trying to finalize this now and it would be nice to have your consumer opinion.
All images above- Caroline Simas© 2010