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Welcome back! This week we at The Swanx are getting an early start on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs through October. Find out how you can buy some cool kicks while supporting the cause for the cure, learn a few facts about breast cancer and links to find out more.
Though we at The Swanx tend to be light hearted and have fun on our feet, we do care for your health and that of your family and friends. Please read on to learn more and see how you can make a difference in the fight against this devastating disease.
Shoes for The Cure
Here at The Swanx, we almost always have at least one breast cancer awareness design on our website so we can help raise awareness and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. But for the month of October 2012, we are celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by keeping SIX terrific designs up for you to choose from. When you click on the “Pink Ribbons” page of the website, you have the opportunity to purchase any or all of these designs or to donate directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation if you choose.Once October is gone, so are several of these designs! Get yours this month to support a great cause (and before they are gone!).
Early Detection is Key
Because early detection is so important, we wanted to take a moment to post some basic information about who gets breast cancer, the symptoms and how to find low cost or free mammography screening. Please take a moment to read it even if you think you are familiar – it is information that can save your life or that of a loved one!
The following information was provided via WebMD:
Who Gets Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer. Today, about 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women (lung cancer is first). The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, about 226,870 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 39,510 will die from breast cancer.
Only 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer cases are “sporadic,” meaning there is no direct family history of the disease. The risk for developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages.
What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
The symptoms of breast cancer include:
- Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
- A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
- A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
- A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
- A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
- Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
- A change in shape or position of the nipple
- An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
- A marble-like hardened area under the skin.
And the following information was provided by the Susan G. Komen Foundation website:
Low-cost or Free Mammograms
Most insurance companies and Medicare cover the cost of mammograms. And, in many parts of the U.S., low-cost or free mammograms are offered through national programs and community organizations.
- Komen Affiliates fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for those who need it most. Find an Affiliate in your area to learn what resources are available. Or, call our breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) to help find low-cost options in your area.
- National Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program provides access to breast cancer screening to low-income, uninsured and under-insured women.
- YWCA provides breast cancer education and screening to women who lack access to health services.
Each October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many imaging centers offer mammograms at reduced rates. For
For a list of certified centers, visit the FDA website (http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/mammography/certified.html).
Thank you for taking the time to read through this important information! We hope you will share this with those you love so they can protect themselves, as well.
Please come back next Thursday as we announce the launch of our month long Anti-Bullying campaign (yes, October is also Anti-Bullying month – and we are very partial to both of these important causes!). Hear about the launch of our awesome anti-bullying shoe (and the story behind it), learn more about the issue of bullying and how you can help. We’d love your feedback, so please feel free to comment at any time!
Our latest Artist Spotlight is shining on the multi-talented Amy Parker. Amy has been an artist, graphic designer and newsletter editor for The Swanx since April 2012. She has not only created all of the terrific banners and logos you see on The Swanx blog, website, newsletter and business cards, she also creates fun shoe designs such as “Burst” and “Butterfly World” .
Amy P. loves her work with The Swanx because of the direct connection of her work with the consumer. She say she loves that, “I come up with an idea, paint it on some shoes and see how many people like it. It’s exciting to be able to produce art and share it with the world that quickly.” Another aspect she enjoys is the fact that not only is she designing the shoes, she actually gets to put the image onto the shoes herself, unlike her work earlier in her career as a traditional graphic designer. She feels “it is very satisfying to see the finished pieces”, and of course, she loves the opportunity to work at home in her studio. Amy’s shoe designs are inspired by a variety of things to include nature and the patterns on fabric. She also looks at The Swanx website, working to create something different than what is already available to provide customers with more variety.
Whenever she isn’t working on her multiple tasks for The Swanx, Amy P. spends a lot of time with her young children. Amy says she is “slowly making the transition into becoming a soccer mom” because her three-year-old daughter is taking gymnastics, swim lessons and Mandarin classes, in addition to swinging (a LOT) at any park she can find. Her one-year-old son is “typically getting into everything”, so she spends lots of time either fishing things out of the toilet or retrieving what he has thrown off the deck or out the window. While family time brings her enormous joy and fulfillment, Amy says that “having a career in art and design keeps me balanced. I love being alone to paint my designs on shoes.” (Ed. note: I’m sure any mother can understand how this feels!)
Although The Swanx is one of Amy’s main clients, she (like all of the artists for The Swanx) is a contract artist. Amy owns her own business, AP Designworks, LLC, where she does graphic design and illustration. She says,
“The trajectory of my career is still moving around. I started out as a traditional graphic designer, designing publications, advertising campaigns and brands and then I started doing fiber art in collages with mixed media in addition to graphic design and illustration. Now, I’d say I’m veering toward surface pattern design in my career, sort of a combination of my past experiences. The Swanx is such a fascinating company to work for as you get to see a surface pattern design you create go from conception to customer and see how “successful” it becomes.”
In addition to graphic design, illustration and of course, shoes, Amy Parker creates mixed media collages, which can be found on the ARTWORK page of her website. She has exhibited her collages at a couple of exhibitions at the University of Washington. She takes commissions and does freelance design work as well.
Who knew that our artists had such depth and variety to their work? There is more to learn about our other talented artists in upcoming spotlights. If you don’t want to miss them, remember to subscribe to the blog on the right of this page. Stay tuned in future weeks to hear how The Swanx is making a difference by putting time, money and effort into supporting some great causes. “See you” next week!
Ladybugs and Zebras and Suns, Oh MY! There are a wide variety of fun (and dare I say, wild?) new designs coming from The Swanx regular design section, and we have all the great insights from the artists to share with you. Please let us know if you enjoy hearing about the story behind the shoes!
by Judy M. Arensmeyer
“Ladybug, ladybug – fly away” . . . who’s childhood memories don’t include the joy of a ladybug landing on you, where you watched her every movement until she flew away? These little jewels reflect the happiness of times like those.
Judy told me that when she was young, she made frequent visits to her grandparents house in Vermont. She said, “In the spring and summer, everywhere I look a ladybug would be right there. This idea had brought back some good memories.”
What fond memories do ladybugs evoke for you?
Sarah is full of spunk and sass, as is reflected in her fun design, “Sassy Zebra”. When asked where her idea came from, she immediately said her daughter, “and my love of LOTS of color. The brighter the better.” Her daughter, who boxes three to four days a week while wearing bright animal prints, also shares her love of color. Sarah specifially painted this design with her in mind!
If you could paint a splash of color anywhere you wanted, where would it be?
by Amy Parker
by Polly Madron Griffith
Reminiscent of clay craftwork wall plaques hanging in your favorite garden near the fountain, the suns and moons found on Polly’s “Aztec Skies” were inspired by her love of Aztec and Inca artwork. As she noted, “the sun, moon and stars were very important to those cultures, along with bright colors.” The night time sky was also part of the inspiration, and is something Polly derives pleasure from as well. Let these beautiful works of art transport your daydreams to Mexico, and hopefully your feet will follow.
Do you enjoy the art of Central American cultures? What is your favorite?
It has been a lot of fun sharing all the insights from the artists on our New Arrivals Spotlights here on the blog! Sadly, this is the last spotlight, as the stories will now be found next to each shoe on the website instead (a great idea, don’t you think?). Hang tight over the next few weeks – there will only be one blog post per week (posted by Thursday) as we here at The Swanx kick into high gear with a huge anti-bullying campaign that is already well under way. Stay tuned for more information about that in the coming weeks, and thank you for reading!
Today’s new arrivals come from our One of a Kind section! Each shoe is individually designed and hand painted by our own Victoria Heuman. As you may remember from earlier spotlights, each design is painted on only one pair of shoes, ensuring that no one else will ever own the exact same design as you! Enjoy her amazing creations and the stories behind the inspiration below.
When asked what was most important about this design, Victoria answered, “The mystique of the butterfly! This shoe is for the serious but fun butterfly fan. A bronze medallion shows its viewers this collector is serious about the . . . [beautiful] butterfly.”
I love the foliage unfurling in the background and the beautiful blue background that fades into darkness, creating a sense of interest and depth.
What is your favorite part of this design?
Coming from the Seattle area, (think Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean), much of our population has a love of the ocean and all things in it. Victoria worries about the whales, as these gentle giants are plagued by mankind’s destructive ways, intentional or otherwise. She said though she is “so very happy people are aware . . . today . . . [I] realize there is more to be done to prevent their extinction.”
Victoria first saw images of whales inside the pages of her mother’s National Geographic magazine. She was drawn to the image of a beached blue whale that was lying on the shore. She noted, “it was so incredibly large! The men standing next to this helpless animal with spears in hand were very very small in comparison. My heart would ache at the sight of this gentle giant.”
Her affinity for these creatures is reflected in this design. If your passion is for the sea, and the great whales within, these are the shoes for you.
What are your favorite sea creatures? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Victoria spoke recently of her love of flowers. She tends to study their details very closely, looking at every vein in every petal, seeing fallen pollen on the leaves, and dew drops dangling from beneath. When creating “Pearl, she decided to take a step back and create a wider overview of her beloved flower, in a funky retro styling. Her choice of the bronze background adds to that nostalgic feel.
Victoria’s “Pink Passion” shoe are pretty feminine and fun! Her love for flowers is again reflected in this new design. Instead of a close up look, here you have the feel of wading through a field of flowers. With shoes this comfy, you can almost imaging the feeling of the stems, leaves and petals tickling your toes, as if you were treading lightly on bare feet. The reason she selected this color scheme is easy. In her own words, Victoria firmly proclaimed that “Pink Rocks!!!!”.
How about you? What is your favorite flower, and what makes it your favorite? Is it the fragrance? The shape? The way it blankets the ground in a carpet of color?
Come back to our website frequently to see Victoria’s newest designs before they disappear! In the meantime, come back here tomorrow for our final day of Sanita New Arrivals, with the last of the latest designs. We’ll see you then!