OHMY is so excited to present our very first T-shirt Design Contest Winner, Hiroko Kobayashi! Hiroko designed the Tsuru T-shirt for Japan Relief where 100% of proceeds will be donated to International Medical Corps, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to on-going and long term medical aid for those in great need of relief in Japan.
Hiroko loves to spread her insanely imaginative mind through her works of art, whether it be through paintings, fabric, or other mediums. And she greatly believes that art's future lies within the digital world. Therefore, in order to "keep up with the joneses," she's dedicating her time to earn a baccalaureate degree in graphic design at California College of the Arts as part of her higher-learning. In her spare time, Hiroko also volunteers as an assistant in an Art Therapy program for elders at a local hospital.
Here's a little more from Hiroko, herself:
"When the tsunami hit, all the world was astonished at the news and the footage of the disaster. Many were quick to respond with aid, but most aid campaigns involved images of the disaster, a despairing reminder. I wanted something less traumatic for my design, but still recalling the purpose. I drew on my background of Art History and being Japanese- American. I used the images of Andy Warhol with his repetitions of soup cans and his beloved stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. I thought about ways to change his idea of repetition and changed it to the iconic paper cranes, a symbol of hope and happiness. I arranged them into the form of the Japanese flag.
I designed for OHMY Shirts because of the company's mission to shed light on causes that affect many people's lives! What also attracted me was their execution; I thought it was brilliant to hold contests to design T-shirts for a specific cause. It gave me the sense of community, which I believe is important."
CONGRATULATIONS, again, to HIROKO KOBAYASHI and her TSURU T-SHIRT DESIGN!