Sunflowers In My Heart
In difficult times, our creative community often leans-in to its abilities and makes effort to do what we can to help ease the suffering of others. Whether it’s making facemasks for frontline workers or quilts for people displaced from earthquakes or floods, we try to reach across distances to share our care and to try to turn feelings of helplessness to hopefulness.
When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in March 2022, I felt the urge to help in some small way. As the atrocities unfolded, I, and the rest of the world, learned about the significance of sunflowers not only in the Ukrainian culture, but also as a symbol of strength and renewal. It was with this in mind that I designed my “Sunflowers In My Heart” t-shirt to honor and celebrate the indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people. When I learned that Chef Jose Andrés and World Central Kitchen had stationed their operations in Ukraine and several surrounding countries to feed Ukrainian refugees, I was deeply inspired by their commitment and bravery. We made them the focus of our t-shirt fundraiser to help amplify the humanitarian work of this extraordinary organization.
“Sunflowers in My Heart” is a collection that expands on the sunflower image I created and radiates happiness into each of the supporting prints. The warm golden yellows chase away gloom, the grassy greens grow optimism, and the deep blues reflect a sense of tranquility. I hope you stitch your own bright joy and love into every seam, uplift someone’s spirits with your creations and ultimately send as much positivity out into the world as possible. We sure need more of that. - Kate
Moda will donate a percentage of sales to the World Central Kitchen Organization WCK.org