Vans teams up with Van Gogh Museum for new collaboration

If you though you could never own a Van Gogh, think again.

According to Glamour, footwear brand Vans is teaming up with the Van Gogh Museum to create a collection of apparel and shoes inspired by the artist’s famous works, all to make the masterpieces accessible to the masses.

“It’s our mission to make Van Gogh as accessible to people all over the world as we possibly can,” Van Gogh Museum director Axel Ruger told Glamour. “People from all over the world really love Van Gogh and want a piece of him, as it were. We’re always looking to find new ways [to] make his work [feel] relevant today.”

With the collection featuring 16 pieces that range in price from $40 to $140, Glamour reports that products from the Vans X Van Gogh Museum are “centered around four specific pieces from the artist’s canon—Skull, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, Self-Portrait as a Painter, Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman—as well as letters he wrote his brother, Theo.”

Choosing pieces that offer a window into Van Gogh’s personal life and personal growth as an artist, Faye Fredericks of Vans’ global apparel design team told Glamour that every aspect of the the product seeks to communicate the notion of a masterpiece.

“”If you even look at the labels, we put brushstrokes on those—we really wanted to represent a masterpiece, so we paid attention to every little detail, and we were really critical about it,” she explained. “I don’t think anybody expected [the collaboration]. We always make sure to put our DNA in everything, but I think everybody was really surprised by this.”

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Art student refuses to ‘dial down the feminism’

When an art student was told to dilute her expressions of feminism in her artwork, she could have just said no. But instead, she came back with an even greater display of her convictions.

According to HuffPost, not only did 23-year-old London-based art student Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes not take her instructor’s “tip” to “‘dial down the feminism’ in her work, she also created a literal representation of the teacher’s comments. Creating what resembles a stereo dial, Bertulis-Fernandes puts the words “Dial Down the Feminism” above the dial, and in the dial’s Off/On positions, she placed the words “Complicit in my own dehumanisation” and “Raging feminist.”

After tweeting out the image of her work, HuffPost says the artist received a deluge of support, with Twitter users telling her it was “incredible” and that she should “keep that dial turned right up.” Bertulis-Fernandes later tweeted her gratitude, and also shared some new information — that she might sell prints of the now-famous design.

“Thanks for all the love shown to this piece, it really means the world,” she tweeted. “I’m a bit overwhelmed so it may take me some time to respond to everyone! I’m considering selling prints/t-shirts – just trying to figure out the best way to do this. Once I do I will share the details here.”

 

Teen draws diversity-minded Google Doodle

It’s not every day that someone sees their drawing featured on Google, but for 15-year-old Sarah Harrison, that day came on March 31.

According to Teen Vogue, the Connecticut student entered a Google Doodle competition that asked students to submit their vision for the future; called A Peaceful Future, Harrison’s entry “depicts people of different identities smiling with their arms around one another,” which graced the Google search page last Friday. But that’s not all she received.

Teen Vogue reports that Harrison’s winning doodle also earned her a college scholarship worth $30,000, as well as the opportunity to work alongside the Google Doodle team in California — not to mention a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant is awarded her Connecticut school as a result of her talents.

But for Harrison, the opportunity was all about promoting a future with less hate and more love.

“My future is a world where we can all learn to love each other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality,” Harrison shared in a statement on Google’s website, according to Teen Vogue. “I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are.”

Congratulations, Sarah!