these chairs aren't SO ugly....
Both Lauren and Kelley have each won a custom illustration worth $150! The final pieces are 8.5x11 inches printed on acid-free 100% cotton rag card stock as well as a digital high res file suitable for reprints. I loved drawing these chairs! They are my favorite sort of project, something loved and cherished with a story as well as history.
Wow! Thanks for selecting my chair for runner up! Wasn't expecting that! It and its twin are both Westinghouse chairs made in Pennsylvania in the mid-1980s. My mom bought them (they were originally dark green) the year before I was born. She had them reupholstered in the mid-1990s when jewel tons were big. She breastfed both my sister and me in the chairs, as I did my son. They're in sad shape now and need new upholstery, but they still have great bones!
I know Kelley and her family will be glad to have the new, reupholstered chairs around for a long time to come, but I also hope this little picture reminds them of their past, their love, and their family for even longer.
As for Lauren's chair, here is the drawing I will be sending her. I haven't heard back from her yet, so hopefully this will motivate her to get in touch!
Big congratulations to Amanda and all the Sprucettes in Austin on their amazing book, and a special thank you everyone for for participating and to Spruce Austin & Storey Publishing for inviting me to participate in this awesome contest....I loved seeing everyone's chairs and reading all your wonderful stories!