Has everyone settle down over the faux outrage over the red cup yet? Why yes, I am feeling snarky about the entire non issue. Talk about much ado. It became embarassing listening to the prattling. Even after being told it wasn't a Christmas cup, some still insisted there was some great conspiracy afoot. Cue eye rolling. What they missed was the artwork on the green cup. The more I looked at it, the more I enjoyed it. Too bad it was only in the US ... not that I would have saved a paper cup. But you get my point.
So the new cups rolled out last week, right on schedule. And some of the designs are ... well ... delightful. This year Starbucks tapped people from around the world and used their work. An unofficial poll in my neigbourhood tips the Christmas Sweater design as the best. Designed by Alisa in St. Petersburg, Russia, the sweater cup invokes a sense of cosiness and comfort:
I'm leaning to the cup designed by a hometown woman, Anna from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The art has that same feel of being enveloped by the design, as the sweater cup. It's busy and I see different things each time I look. Anna is originally from the Soviet Union. Her abbreviated bio doesn't really offer a lot of details except to say she trained in traditional Ukrainian folk art called petrykivka. Instead of dissecting the cup, just enjoy it. And if you're Anna, drop me a note. I'd love to see more of your art.