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Ukraine Sunflower

The design is a response to the contrasted meaning of the sunflower in Ukraine.

1996: 🇺🇦 Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Shmarov and 🇷🇺 Russia's General Pavel Grachev planted sunflowers – "Our children and our grandchildren will live in peace."

2022: Ukrainian woman offers Russian soldiers sunflower seeds – “Take these seeds and put them in your pockets so at least they will grow when you all lie down here.”

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100% profit from print sales will be donated between:
  1. Polish Humanitarian Action
  2. UNICEF (for displaced children)
Louise Agency makes zero profit.

Limited edition of 100
Select your preferred edition number for the associated AUD $ cost:

  • Limited edition of 100
  • Digital photograph
  • Archival Giclée print
  • A2 size (420 x 594 mm)
  • Numbered
  • 1 cm additional white border
  • Unframed
  • Kodak Professional Inkjet Photo Paper Lustre Finish
  • Blank product sourced from Germany
  • 2-4 weeks delivery from Australia
  • Free shipping

Special thanks to the following companies and individuals:

  1. Haroon, Vision Image Lab (printing)
  2. Anthony Pugh (retouching)
  3. Andriy Konstantynov, Mint Type (typography)
  4. Bernard, Berni Space (creative assistance)
  5. André, The Berlin Files (copywriting)
  6. Bamboo (promotional)
  7. AGDA (promotional)
  8. It’s Nice That (promotional)
  9. Google (promotional)
  10. Semipermanent (promotional)

Behind-the-scenes of the creative process:

The story behind the ‘Ukraine Sunflower’ creation:

The tragedy in Ukraine is an event that shook the lives of so many around the world, and continues to feel close to home.
With strong ties to this humanitarian crisis, my Polish-born partner and I put our hearts and minds together with our combined skills in painting, photography, and design, to create ‘Ukraine Sunflower’ — a poster print in the name of hope.
The poster design is inspired by the recent footage of a Ukrainian lady offering sunflower seeds to a Russian soldier to plant life after death – “Put sunflower seeds in your pocket so they grow when you die.”
A sunflower symbolising the period of denuclearisation in Ukraine from 1996 to resistance in 2022, the print is the product of one day’s creation time. With meaning weaved through all elements of the poster, the font used is by designer Andriy Konstantynov. Polarising in itself, Konstantynov is Russia born, currently residing in Ukraine.
Sunflower seed sales are a huge source of economic supply to Ukraine, and it’s my hope this design can bring continued and much needed financial aid to their people.