Monday, May 24, 2010

DESIGNING FOR THE GIRLS

My t-shirt design for the Fading Ladies

I was recently contacted by a fellow blogger who is an American expatriate living in India. She authors an amazing blog, The Existential Expatriate, about her life there, adapting to the culture and the ups and downs of living on the other side of the world. She and some of her fellow expatriates have formed a charity to help combat some of the social problems and assist the needs of the most downtrodden, unprotected and forgotten in society.

I was asked by Jennifer and The Fading Ladies, as they are called, to design a t-shirt that included the popular "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan, but with a decidedly Indian twist. The inspiration was a photo of Jennifer's daughter, Helen (another popular blogger from Dallas who authors "Monograms and Manicures") atop an elephant during a recent visit to India.
Working with the Fading Ladies has been nothing but a joy and I am so thrilled to be a small part of supporting such a wonderful outreach to homeless and abused little girls. There is so much suffering and abuse in this world and oftentimes women and girls are the most victimized, whether they be on the street or suffering in silence in what appear to be "privileged situations" in life.

It's so wonderful to see these women take it on upon themselves to better the lives of the people in their adopted country and I am 100% behind the Fading Ladies and the charity these shirts will go to support. Here's a little more about it-
The Salaam Balaak Trust runs five 24-hour full care shelters for homeless children, one being devoted to girls.
These shelters provide the children a sense of home and security they lacked while living on the streets.
They aim at restoring the childhood that was lost and teach them independence. Provide education and social values and financial self-dependence to become mature and responsible citizens.
The Arushi shelter in Gurgaon, Haryana is devoted totally to the care of girls.
If you're interested in buying a shirt for a very worthwhile cause, they are available in several colors here.

15 comments:

La Boheme said...

Wow, what a great cause to be part of! It is amazing how good it feels to put our two cents in to make this a better world no? Congrats on your your design too, looks lovely!

Kerri said...

What a great way to support such a great charity! Love the design, it looks fantastic and I'm sure it will be very popular. And how amazing is it that blogging brings people together from all over the world? Love it. K xx

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Oh, wonderful job! Such a great cause...and love the elephant to make it relate to India!

Diana Mieczan said...

Such a beautiful post and the tee is cute! I have to check her blog...Such an amazing thing she does:)
Well done and enjoy your day:)
Greetings:)

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Love the shirts! Wonderful cause - I'll spread the word.

Emom said...

WOW! that is simply wonderful work...thank you for clueing us onto them....smiles.

Brooke said...

Looks great Anne - well done! I am a follower of both the mother and daughter blogs and enjoy reading about their lives in very different parts of the world. I received your lovely print the other day, and wanted to thank you SO much for the extra one! It was such a lovely surprise, and you would not believe that the chair in the pic (which I have always admired on Anna's website) is the exact one I was thinking about having made here in HK a couple of weeks ago! Perfecto xox

MrsLittleJeans said...

It is so you to support charitable causes...will check them out for sure! ( I will confess that I just bought a "keep calm..." tee from Jigsaw and everyone comments on it). These would be even better with the lovely colors and the elephant!

Have a great day Anne!

xoxo

rosiecampbell said...

Hi Anne, what a great cause. You did a wonderful job with the shirt. Hope you had a great weekend.

Rosie

Michelle said...

Doesn't surprise me at all that you would be supportive of such a cause Anne...kudos to you!

Best,
Michelle

Kappa Prep said...

You are such a blessing to so many all over the world Anne! I knwo my mother and the other Fading Ladies were SO honored you offered to help them with such a great cause!

La Petite Gallery said...

Cute design and I wish you lots of luck on the cause. A wonderful
Charity.
You are the tops Anne


yvonne

say.la vie said...

Great cause and great shirt! What a blessing you are. :)

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

As soon as I get my new school accounts set up, I'll be in touch to get Keep Calm posters for some of my staff members. I'm declaring that to be our staff motto. You'll be all OVER my middle college magnet school!!!

Christy said...

I read this last week but didn't have time to comment. What a fantastic cause, and I just love your design of course. Great work, Anne!

 
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