After a ton of entries, we narrowed the pool of submissions to our "Undo Ordinary" design contest with Kim Crawford Wines to the Top Seven. They truly celebrate the diversely talented people who live and work in the Bay Area. Now it's time for you to vote on your favorite! Here's a little more information about the artists below:
Caroline Emerson: Emerson runs her own SF-based Etsy shop called Caribou Connection. She graduation from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 2007, has worked as a Wardrobe Stylist on independent feature films, and now uses her talent to create something out of nothing by utilizing materials that end up at places like SCRAP.
Nidhi Chanani: Chanani lives and works in San Francisco. All of her illustrations are digital, and she dabbles in wood-burning. She's worked for Paramount Pictures, Hasbro, and more. Click here to check out her Etsy shop.
Shawn Feeney: Feeney says his super inventive watermelon dragon sculpture was "inspired by the current Chinese Year of the Water Dragon." It is made of 14 watermelons (plus two Fiji pineapples for the horns). See more of his carvings here.
Mary Durell: Durell is a SF-based artist who works solely with tracing paper and wheat paste in order to challenge her artistic abilities by working with limited materials. Her pieces, which range in size from 6 inches to 10 feet, pay close attention to mistakes, discarded materials and negative space.
Kirt Hardcastle: Sonoma-based Hardcastle has been painting for over 30 years, and has amassed hunreds of works. Though not currently represented his work has been shown and sold in several galleries in California through out the years. This particular painting was done of an open bike shop in San Jose, California. Click here to see more of his works. Click here to view his Etsy shop.
rePack: SF-based rePack is a company on a mission to create one of a kind products using repurposed materials and the highest quality local craftsmanship. Their backpacks are perfect for SF cyclists.
And remember: The most unexpected and intriguing design will be placed in 7x7's November "Design" issue, as well as featured right here on 7x7.com. The lucky winner also will be thrown a soiree with 50 of their friends in a 7x7/Kim Crawford Wines hosted event. VOTING ENDS at 5 p.m. on September 11. The winner will be announced on September 12!