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sustainable picnic plates and cups set

by Danae Douglas
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And The Living Is Easy

UncommonGoods and Susty Party are proud to present the winner of the Summer Picnic Design Challenge. Chosen from over a dozen fresh entries, designer Danae Douglas' illustration rode off with our voters' hearts--and their votes! To Danae, a picnic is a getaway, and her winning design, featuring an iconic portrait of eco-friendly transportation, provides the perfect visual prompt to capture this event's carefree essence. Fun, free, and healthy, a leisurely bike ride is one of finest ways to celebrate the summer. With her crisp, modern design, Danae was able to encapsulate the freeing feeling of a summery escape, one that starts on a bike and ends on a smooth gingham blanket with friends and food.

With a basket brimming with delectable, French delights, this charming cycle represents all the most memorable aspects of dejeuner sur l'herbe (aka lunch in the park)! This charming cycle evokes that summertime joie de vivre and the ingenious plates and cups on which it's printed are made of bagasse, a fibrous, 100% compostable material made out of the remains of sugar cane, so picnickers today can do their part to make sure the earth stays just as lovely for future generations. Made in a fair trade facility in China.

Set includes 24 plates and 24 cups.

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bagasse, non-toxic, food safe glycol based ink
plate: 7" dia, cup: 8 oz.
Microwave and freezer safe.
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Danae Douglas

Q&A with Danae Douglas

When did you start designing?

I've been drawing for as long as I can remember -- my family definitely has the art gene (my mom was a watercolorist and muralist, and my dad was a digital painter). I always assumed I'd also become a fine artist, but when a college representative visited my high school and showed us examples of graphic design work, I fell in love with it.

What are your favorite things to design/illustrate?

That's a tough choice, but I'd have to say my favorite thing to design is probably anything wearable. I've designed a couple t-shirts for different events at my college, and I think it's awesome to see someone wearing something you created.

How do you keep yourself inspired?

My college library has an incredible collection of design magazines and books. I also try to keep up with the news, both local and international. As a designer I think it's really important to be globally minded and try to take in as many different perspectives as you can.

What was the inspiration behind this design? I wanted to show a picnic as an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, as well a chance to travel greenly to get there. Biking is an excellent way to stay healthy, to take in your surroundings, and to get you where you're going without doing any harm to the environment (and it's also really fun!).

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