So I have a bit of exciting news to share!
I flooded my Facebook newsfeed and Instagram and Twitter timelines last week in the hopes of winning the People's Choice Award for the Mimco Design Project in which I submitted a design to re-imagine their iconic button bag, the prize being a gift voucher.
I've had a fair bit of downtime recently, and came across the competition and decided whether or not I would win, it would be a fun project to be a part of.
As voting went on, I soon realised that I probably wouldn't be winning that as there were other designs that had thousands of votes and mine was just hitting 300. I was really happy that everyone took the time to vote for my design in any case.
The second award was the Mimco Choice Award. This was the one I hoping for though I never thought I'd even have a chance at winning this. The prize for this was a gift voucher too, but even more exciting is that they were actually going to put the design into production! Fat chance, I thought. I really liked my design, but as is the way with most competitions it can be crushing if you get your hopes up, and nothing comes of it. So I was really pleased with what I created and if nothing else it got me illustrating something for a few hours.
So (and I'm sure you might be able to pick where this is going) I received a call from Mimco to let me know that I was the winner of the Choice Award! This was especially good news as things have been a little quiet on the design front lately and has really given me back some confidence in my design ability and drive to continue on this path.
It is a slight deviation from graphic design, of course, but that I can create something wanted from a brief and have it be chosen by an amazing company to actually be put into production... I'm still a bit shocked about the whole thing!
So over the next few months, I will be going in to meet with the team who will be creating my bag as there are some details that will be ironed out. But for now, I am very pleased to say my handbag design 'State of Flux' will be created and launched as part of the Mimco 20th anniversary collection in 2016.