Grand Rapids, Michigan (PRWEB) July 22, 2008
One artists' dream creates a project to fight Malaria. Stephanie Milanowski, artist and mother of two is determined to protect human life in Africa with a simple idea no one has ever thought of--printing insecticide treated bed nets with messages and images that communicate hope, support, awareness and advertisements to cover production costs, distribution costs and increase funding.
The major tool the world has right now against Malaria are mosquito bed nets. Each net costing a family roughly $10.00. A cost most families cannot afford. A problem Milanowski has vowed to tackle and win.
"One very early morning the idea of the project came to me--I see bed nets as blank billboards--untapped advertising space." Milanowski leaned on her printmaking and printing expertise and started printing samples. "The first time I tried running the netting material through my Canon inkjet printer-- it worked! I was thrilled, and from that moment on I knew I had something that could potentially help millions!"
Milanowski's work at present is to line-up as many corporate sponsors as she can. With corporate ad dollars Milanowski believes "Project Sweet Dreams Africa" bednets will be free to everyone in need. "That's my hope, my dream come true!" Not only will ad dollars pay for manufacturing and distribution--offering "designed" bed nets with new colorful prints, logos, slogans and messages of hope--Milanowski expects demand to increase as well. "Everyone will want one. And then everyone--moms, dads and children will be protected."
For additional information on "Project Sweet Dreams Africa" contact Stephanie Milanowski at (616) 454-5680.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stephanie attended the Rhode Island School of Design on a full scholarship, then earned a master's in fine arts from the University of Michigan. In Summer of 1994 she was 1 of 20 students worldwide admitted to the Yale University School of Art Summer Program in Brissago, Switzerland, where she studied with art and design luminaries including Paul Rand, Mario Botta, Pierre Mendell and Armin and Dorothea Hofmann. She also was recipient of a graduate studies fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.