bloom is all about creating a better future for our children, and our vision of that future is one where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and love. As part of our longstanding goal to increase diversity within our brand and business, we’re introducing “The Future Series”, a limited-edition collection featuring the designs of black artists (who are also parents!) and benefiting Embrace Race, which fights systemic racism.
For “The Future” design series, we asked 3 black artists (who are also parents!), to share their vision of the future by creating a limited-edition design for our coco-go 3-in-1 bouncers. We were blown away by the results: 3 beautiful and unique designs that represent visions of Hope, Peace and Tranquility. The collection launches this month in honor of Black History Month, and will be sold exclusively at usa.bloombaby.com.
Bloom will donate 100% of the proceeds from each “Future Series” bouncer to Embrace Race, an organization that fights systemic racism by supporting parents to raise children who are brave, informed and thoughtful about race. Learn more about Embrace Race.
Take a peek at our Future Series artists and their designs below, and pre-order The Future Series now.
Designed by Simonair Yoho, founder of Kafi Kafi
Simonair Yoho is a print designer and illustrator in Columbus, Ohio. Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, her work is influenced by the vibrant colours and culture of the Caribbean. She loves everything floral, colourful and inspirational. She is the mother of two girls.
About her design:
I dream in colour and in flowers, so a colourful floral was a must. As I think of the future, one word always comes to mind - HOPE! I hope for a future that is brighter than today and that accepts the beauty of all. In my print I feature the plum blossom. This was chosen because, as the blossom of a fruit bearing tree, it symbolizes hope. The colour palette is bright and colourful. Simply put, my print represents hope for a brighter and more colourful future.
Designed by Kel Cadet-Lyons, founder of R-Ki-Tekt
Kel Cadet-Lyons is a wife, mom of 2, and artist. She believes that the world operates best when the objects you are surrounded by are pleasing to the eye. She believes color has the ability to heal and pattern adds visual zest. She believes in honoring the lives and cultures of her ancestors, as well as the cultures that are often artistically referenced in Art and Design, yet still go unknown.
About her design:
The words that were prominent while I developed this design were "Ease" "Calm" and "Tranquility." The colors are meant to soothe and promote a sense of calm. When I became a new parent I sought out any items that evoked a sense of calm. When I reflect on moments of supreme calm, I’m instantly transported back to my summers on the beaches of Haiti. The aqua color of the Carribean Sea and its sandy shore are mesmerizing and provide a very tranquil backdrop. My intent was to intertwine that feeling and palette with one of our signature prints inspired by Yoruba tribal markings that are commonly used as identification of a person’s tribe and heritage. For me, the three patterned markings represent the past, present, and future generations and a stroke for each of my children.
Rashida Coleman-Hale, Rashida Coleman Hale
Rashida Coleman-Hale is a mother, illustrator and fabric designer at Ruby Star Society. Her passions include textiles, surface pattern design and illustration. She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A fabric designer as well as an author, Rashida published multiple books including I Love Patchwork and Zakka Style.
About her design:
When I was a little girl, I used to think about what life would be like in the 2000’s. Some of the stand out things I remember thinking:
- There will be flying cars! (There aren’t. Oh well.)
- I’ll be really, really old! (I’m not. I’m 44.)
- I’ll be a famous fashion designer. (I’m not. Also, totally fine.)
- The world will be at peace and everyone will be equal. (How did that not happen??)
I’m so sad to know that racial equality is still an issue today and that we really haven’t come as far as we thought we have. I worked on this design when the racial unrest in our country was on going and still so very fresh in my mind. I just hoped and prayed for peace and tranquility. Literally, spiritually. A peace dove seemed like the perfect motif for this project and embodies my hope for our future.
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*Please note The Future Series bouncer will not ship until early March.