World Illustration Award winner Amber Vittoria is among four female artists who've collaborated with jewellery brand Pandora in aid of certain unsung heroes in our community – teachers.
Along with a cast of literal A-star names – Ashley Lukashevsky, Alia Penner, and Ariel Sinha – Amber's work is one of four limited-edition prints unveiled by Pandora North America. All of the proceeds will benefit Children's Institute: a social impact organisation dedicated to transforming children's lives through early education and mental health programmes. The agency is the largest of its kind, working to transform the lives of kids exposed to adversity and poverty in Los Angeles.
For Amber, her design titled “Dreams Are Timeless” is dedicated to her art teachers, from grade school through university, all of whom at some point or another shared similar advice: the world is ever-changing, and you can be ever-changing too. "From what you make to what you wear, timelessness is an evolution of yourself," Amber says.
For illustrator of #1 New York Times Bestseller Antiracist Baby and visual artist Ashley Lukashevsky, her artwork titled “양육” (pronounced yang yook, meaning 'nurture') was inspired by the nurturing relationships between someone older and younger — like a teacher, mother, mentor.
For self-taught illustrator and designer in Chicago Ariel Sinha, her artwork titled “Star Gazers” was inspired by wisdom from her father, a teacher of 35 years, who taught her that one’s character is revealed most when it is tested by adversity. This print features three fearless women in a composition of unity with the earth and stars. It represents the idea of finding strength and encouragement in each other. The blooming flowers that surround them represent the idea that the events of our lives will, in part, be shaped by us; some cannot be, but our lives will unfold regardless. "Let us go on together and live courageously in the moment," says Ariel.
For modern pop artist Alia Penner, who creates fantastic worlds of hypnotic colour and classic dreaminess, her piece, Waves of Love, was inspired by the hearts in the Pandora collection. The poster represents being surrounded by love, warmth and inspiration. Find all four prints at Pandora Loves Teachers, where they'll be on sale until 31 December 2020.