16 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Moon Catcher

Moon Catcher by Kharmazero surrounds a photograph of the moon with the painted image of a panda. What I love about this image is the way it encourages the viewer to see both halves in a new way. Suddenly, placed next to the panda’s iconic spots, the patchy dark areas of the moon start to also feel like a kind of patterning. Instead of fur, the grey tones of the panda’s face begin to feel a bit like fluffy clouds. The panda now seems rounder and bigger than life, while the moon stops being a distant, cold rock and becomes something much smaller and in need of protection (or at least a hug). The one element I’m not completely sold on is the grass texture at the bottom- while I like the way it adds a diagonal angle to the bottom of the art, I dislike how thin and finicky it is compared to the bold strokes of the rest. I also dislike that it establishes the scale of the piece, because I like the open question of whether the moon is small or the panda is enormous.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

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