Monday, January 22

Design*Sponge Gives Back.

Beginning January 2007, Grace Bonney's Design*Sponge Shop will be donating 10% of its ad revenue and 100% of the proceeds from goods marked “Scholarship Items” (such as this lovely drawing by Alyson Fox and the gorgeous hand painted pillow below by Lena Corwin) to the Design*Sponge Scholarship.

Inspired by the art and design students Grace has met through the Design*Sponge site, the Scholarship is intended to assist art and design students in the pursuit of their creative endeavors through financial support. Grace hears (as do I in my line of work) from talented students who cannot afford to take career-changing internships or buy new materials and pay tuition so she decided it was time to give back. The D*S Scholarship will help give the next generation of designers and artists some financial support as they continue to learn and create. I am inspired and cheered that there are people in the world like Grace who encourage creativity and lend a helping hand. As someone who has struggled with the conflict of being a 'professional' career girl, versus following my creative dreams, I know how far that support can go.

For more information on how you can participate in this generous and brilliant endeavor by shopping (what fun!), or to apply to the Scholarship, please visit Design*Sponge Shop.

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