October 17, 2023

Creators for a Cause is an internal product series that showcases the Company’s pride of creation culture and highlights the incredible design talents of our colleagues. Creators within Centric Brands design limited edition products available for purchase exclusively by Centric Brands’ colleagues. 100% of the proceeds are donated to a non-profit chosen by the designer each month.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pauline Lee, Graphic Designer, Kids Division at Centric Brands handcrafted rose-inspired coasters and barrettes that represent blossoming and new life. Each piece becomes a symbol of resilience and a reminder that there is life and beauty beyond the challenges of breast cancer. 100% of the proceeds will be donated breast cancer research at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

We interviewed Pauline to learn more about the inspiration behind her handcrafted flowers.

What was your inspiration behind these pieces? 

My inspiration for my crafts comes from my deep love for nature. I’m fascinated by the beauty of flowers, so I create roses from ribbons and crochet intricate flowers from yarn. Nature’s colors, shapes, and patterns serve as constant sources of creativity for me, and I use various mediums to capture their essences in my creations.

What does supporting causes mean to you?

Supporting causes related to breast cancer means actively and passionately contributing to efforts aimed at raising awareness, funding research, providing resources, and offering emotional and practical support to individuals affected by breast cancer. It’s about recognizing that breast cancer is a significant health challenge that affects not only the individuals diagnosed with it but also their families and communities.

What does the cause Breast Cancer Research at NYP Hospital benefitting from the product mean to you?

It holds immense personal and emotional significance for me. It represents a heartfelt expression of gratitude and a genuine desire to give back to the healthcare professionals who became my lifeline during an incredibly challenging period in my life.

The nurses and doctors who cared for me over the past three years at NYP Hospital are more than just medical professionals; they are like a second family to me. During the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, when visits and outside support were restricted to prevent the spread of infection, I found myself isolated and facing my health journey alone. In those moments of fear and uncertainty, these compassionate healthcare providers stepped in to provide not only medical care but also the emotional support and connection that I needed.

Their unwavering dedication and kindness were a source of strength during a time of vulnerability. They were there to hold my hand, offer reassurance, and provide comfort when my own family and friends couldn’t be by my side. Their selflessness and commitment left an indelible mark on my heart, and I am forever grateful for their care.

By directing the proceeds from my products to support breast cancer research at NYP Hospital, I am channeling my appreciation into a tangible contribution. It’s a way for me to show my deep gratitude and give back to the institution that played a pivotal role in my healing journey. This decision is not just about monetary support; it’s a symbol of my enduring appreciation for the care, compassion, and dedication that I received. I recognize that supporting breast cancer research is a meaningful way to honor the healthcare professionals who went above and beyond for me. It is also a means to contribute to a larger cause, one that holds the potential to make a difference in the lives of countless individuals and families affected by breast cancer. By investing in research, I hope to play a part in advancing our understanding of the disease, improving treatment options, and ultimately moving closer to finding a cure.

How did art call to you (meaning how did you get into art?)

I got into art at a very young age, starting when I was just three years old. It all began with the guidance and inspiration of my grandmother. She introduced me to the world of creativity by teaching me how to knit and sew when I was just five years old. These early experiences ignited my passion for crafting and making things with my own hands.

Learning to knit and sew from my grandmother was not just a creative outlet; it was also a bonding experience that allowed me to spend quality time with her. I cherished those moments of learning and creating together, and they left a lasting impression on me.

As I grew older, my interest in art continued to evolve. I explored various art forms, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital art. Over time, I honed my skills and developed my own artistic style. Art became a way for me to express myself, convey emotions, and connect with the world around me.

Discuss the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how art can help in the storytelling/awareness of the month.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a crucial annual campaign that plays a significant role in raising awareness about breast cancer, promoting early detection, and supporting individuals and families affected by this disease. It’s a time when individuals, communities, and organizations come together to shed light on the importance of breast health, emphasize the need for regular screenings, and honor the strength and resilience of breast cancer survivors. Art can be a powerful tool in storytelling and creating awareness during this month.

Personal expression from art allows survivors, fighters, and supporters to express their personal experiences and emotions in a creative and cathartic way. Through their art, individuals can share their journey, struggles, and triumphs, helping others connect on a deeply emotional level. Art has the unique ability to convey complex emotions and messages through visual representation. It can use striking visuals, colors, and symbols to capture attention and evoke empathy and understanding. This visual impact can draw people into the conversation about breast cancer.

My rose pieces, representing blossoming and new life after cancer, is a perfect example of how art can convey a message of hope and renewal. Each piece becomes a symbol of resilience and a reminder that there is life and beauty beyond the challenges of breast cancer.