Winner of ‘Gardens for Health’ contest

I’ve been selected as one of 2 winners of the Gardens for Health pattern competition run by the Pattern Observer blog!

“Gardens for Health International is a wonderful organization that works in East Africa to provide agricultural assistance to those who struggle with chronic malnutrition. The founder, Emma Clippinger, has long dreamed of developing a signature “Gardens for Health” print to use on bags, dresses, napkins, and aprons…”

The assignment was “to develop an original print that incorporates images that are important to Gardens for Health. Examples include: flowers or sunflowers, seeds, avocados, tomatoes, carrots, beets, eggplants, lettuce/cabbage, squash, sweet potato, broccoli — all things that they grow!”


Even though the competition stated that ”the winner will receive their artwork printed on a variety of items that will be sold worldwide to support an amazing organization!”, it never really happened…

The Gardens for Health founder (Emma Clippinger) never contacted me and after repeated attempts on my part to contact her, I decided to give up.

What upsets me the most is not the fact that they didn’t follow through with their promises, but that they preferred not to show themselves and give an explanation. I consider this behaviour a lack of respect towards all of us, designers, that decided to give this competition a go.