Metal for Monsters: Artists Collaborate on Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pendants to Raise Funds for UNICEF

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Inspired by their 2-year-old "monster," Jack, owners of Blend Creations, Vivian Cheng and Eric Jean-Louis, are collaborating with nine artists to produce a line of limited-edition stainless steel monster pendants. With a portion of proceeds from each sale, they hope to raise $10,000 for The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) so that little "monsters" all over the world can enjoy safe, healthy, educational and playful childhoods.

Having a kid changes everything, even the way you read the newspaper. While taking in the latest atrocities inflicted upon young children throughout the world, owners of online jewelry boutique BlendCreations.com, Vivian Cheng and Eric Jean-Louis, hugged their little "monster" Jack and vowed to do something for his international monster cohorts. And since they are designers, not lobbyists or Peace Corps activists, they called on nine of their talented artist peers to draw their way toward a $10,000 donation to UNICEF. The resulting collaboration is a line of twenty limited-edition stainless steel pendants upon which comic-style monsters are laser etched.

Starting on October 1, one-hundred copies of each of the twenty designs will be offered for $81 through the website MetalforMonsters.com. Almost 20% from each sale ($16) will be donated to UNICEF. Signed and numbered on the back, the designs range from the delightfully abstract monsters created out of ink blots to the playfully ghoulish "Zombi," a bambie-esque undead deer, to the oft-discussed but rarely seen Sock Monster.

"We just got to the point where it wasn't enough to sit there with our mouths agape. It was put up or shut up time," Cheng explains of the project's motivation. "Since UNICEF is non-sectarian and serves children all over the world, we felt it was the best place to send our monster moolah," adds Jean-Louis.

From the renowned to the contended fringe, artists include: S. britt, Stefan G. Bucher of dailymonster.com, Jon Burgerman whose clients range from The Science Museum to Sky, Pepsi, Sony and KidRobot; Anna Chambers; Justin Hillgrove of impsandmonsters.com; Adam Koford, a creator of the Laugh-out-Loud Cats comic; John Martz, editor of the popular illustration blog Drawn.ca; Jay Stephenson, creator of the Emmy Award winning animated creation TUTENSTEIN; and Brian Taylor of candykiller.com.

"If we sell out of all of the pendants, we could potentially raise $32,000 for UNICEF, which would be pretty cool for a tiny company like us," Cheng muses.

Metal for Monsters is an effort by Blend Creations to raise money for UNICEF by collaborating with artists to create a special line of limited-edition stainless steel pendants. Only 100 of each monster design will be sold, with almost 20% of the proceeds going to UNICEF. The group hopes to raise at least $10,000. For more information, contact metalformonsters @ blendcreations.com or call 613.266.8433.

Blend Creations is the collaborative effort of husband and wife team Vivian Cheng and Eric Jean-Louis. These two blend their passions and proficiencies, their Francophone and Asian heritage and the organic and industrial to create their stainless steel jewelry. To learn more about Blend Creations, Vivian Cheng and Eric Jean-Louis, or their designs, please call 613.266.8433 or write blendcreations @ blendcreations.com.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. They work in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees. To learn more about UNICEF, please visit http://www.unicef.org.

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