Love Travels Imports launches scarf design contest for high school and college arts students

Love Travels Imports launches scarf design contest for high school and college arts students

If you are a high school or college art student, here’s your chance to see your artwork immortalized and put to good use.

Love Travels Imports is looking for fresh, creative ideas and designs for its Limited Edition Avenue of Fashion Livernois 2019 hand-painted scarf.

The winning scarf design will be painted by Sandra Russo, an artist in Haiti.

The winning design will be hand-painted by Sandra Russo in Haiti. The winner will receive that scarf, and the public can order the limited edition individually hand-painted 28” x 70” scarves made from the winning design.

Some proceeds from the sale of the award-winning scarf will be shared with the non-profits The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and the young artists of the Mint Artist Guild.

The contest starts Tuesday, August 27. Art students can apply online at until Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 12 noon.

“Engaging the art students to dream up designs that bridge the history the Avenue of Fashion to the style and beat of today is our way of creating some design excitement on the Avenue,” says Yvette Jenkins, owner of Love Travels Imports, which brings fair trade, handcrafted work of artisans around the world to Detroit.

Entries will be judged by four individuals with strong community ties. The judges are:

The judges will select the contest finalists. Their work will be on display at Love Travels, Imports inside of Art In Motion at 19452 Livernois Ave., from Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28.

Yvette Jenkins, owner of Love Travels Imports, says the contest will engage arts students in creating designs that are part of the history of the Avenue of Fashion and “the beat of today,” as well as create excitement on Livernois.

The community can vote to name the winner of the first “Avenue of Fashion: My Unique Vision” on Saturday, September 28 during the Light Up Livernois celebration, which runs from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. It is programed by Design Core Detroit as part of the 2019 Month of Design program.

During Light Up Livernois brings makers, artists and designers from Detroit collaborate with local small businesses to shop, dine and explore the role design plays in everyday lives. There will be open studios, fashion vignettes, musical performances, and small business highlights.

As we all know there is construction on Livernois right now and that has been tough on businesses. The celebration will help support those businesses during the upheaval.

In order to navigate the area properly, there will be a shuttle available and walking groups are encouraged.

For more information and to register, click here.

Jenkins is hopeful the contest will also help bring more people to stores on Livernois during the construction.

“It’s challenging to operate a business in Detroit’s neighborhoods, however, we want to give back,” she says.

According to the Light Up Livernois website, these are the businesses participating:

As you can see, there is a great diversity of stores along Livernois that offer great eating and unique products.


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