Unframed 2016 Finalists

May we present – the Unframed 2016 finalists!

The judges’ selection process was made quite difficult by the incredible outpouring of talent, ingenuity, and enthusiasm in this latest helmet design contest, our third. There was so much compelling work to choose from!

The judges finally narrowed down over 200 design submissions to 10 finalists, now the task for them becomes even more difficult as they further winnow amongst this group to choose the winners to work with on helmet designs. Winners will be announced here this Friday, December 18th. Sign up for email updates for all things Unframed, right below:

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Check out the first set of helmets our 2014 Unframed artists have already produced, some of these are still available for purchase.

So here we go, in alphabetical order by first name:

Adele Smith, New Zealand

I’m an illustrator, graphic designer, roller derby playing, second time student.

I was born in Thames, New Zealand. My earliest art-related memory is my brother sitting me down and telling me my circles were bad because each time I drew them the ends crossed rather than met, so he then taught me how to draw a circle properly, which was the start of many drawing lessons I got from him.

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See more of Adele’s work at her Facebook page.

Brynn James, USA

I’m from Poulsbo, Washington, but I’ve lived all over the US. I love to paint and illustrate, and am inspired by my Nordic roots. This is my take on the traditional Norwegian style of painting, called Rosemaling.

My earliest memories of doing art was coloring on the walls when I was 3 years old.

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See some of Brynn’s creations at her Etsy shop.

Camilo Sastre, Colombia

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city. I’ve been drawing since I can remember, but I have this special memory in which I used to draw A LOT of dinosaurs, always starting with the tails (don’t know why) and giving them away among my family. I also recall creating these awesome yet strange comic books with my brother. They were a bunch of papers stitched together.

I used to work in advertising until I finally had enough and decided to focus my life on what I love: illustration and graphic design.

I’m constantly looking for different ways to explore new concepts and how to show my art to the world. This competition was perfect for that purpose. My work brings strange creatures to life, or shows funny alternate realities and characters, always with a lot of color and joy as a constant concept.

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See more of Camilo’s art here.

Chelsi Benger, USA

My name is Chelsi “BrightEye” Benger and I’m an artist working in Boise, Idaho. I was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado where my dad raised me on his own, and it was a great place to grow up, and was a major source of art influence. My dad was awesome in supporting my love of art from the very beginning. My first memory of creating my own art was drawing Bugs Bunny in elementary school as my favorite cartoon character. I think it has remained my first memory because of all the support I did have from family, friends, and teachers that convinced me of my talent early on. I still LOVE Bugs Bunny! :)

Most of my work can be seen on Sibbz longboards and skateboards. I specialize in customizing those boards for their customers. I also work in the motocross industry selling dirt bike parts. So you could say extreme sports is a big part of my life in one way or another, and I am a big supporter of protecting your melon with a helmet.

As an artist I’ve always been inspired by the outdoors and nature. Ultimately the things that drive this planet like water and air. I’m inspired by the mountains and aspens that surrounded me in Colorado where I grew up, and now where I live in Idaho.

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You can see more of Chelsi’s work on Facebook here.

Collin Sekajugo, Uganda/Rwanda

I am a Rwandan Ugandan visual artist and social entrepreneur based both in Kigali, Rwanda and Kampala, Uganda.

My work is mainly about social conscience and healing. Raising awareness for issues concerning our breaking societies: from discrimination to segregation, from environmental change to isolation and from disintegration to integration. Through my work, I am always developing concepts on the elements that build or destroy our societies. And the message that is portrayed in my artwork is a demonstration for social transformation – stitching together different identities that create a bond for our common values as a people.

I am in the UNFRAMED competition because first of all I was very intrigued by what Nutcase is doing in terms of sharing messages that I think are a good unifier for different peoples of the world. And secondly I wanted to take this as an opportunity for me as an African artist to express myself on this platform by sending pictures of what I believe Africa is today. It’s a warm nice place with a lot of diversity in terms of culture, environment, and food. And most importantly Africa is a great place travel to; to mingle with people, to take hikes or ride a bike, on various terrains. “Africa is safe.”

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See more of Collin’s work here and here.

Everett Henderson, USA

I was born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi – these days I live in Austin, Texas. The landscapes I paint are often not accessible by automobiles, so I frequently ride my Surly Big Dummy to natural sites throughout Austin to create my watercolor postcards. The bike makes an excellent portable art studio because of the large panniers. My painting techniques transform with each new site’a conditions. The watercolors weave the trees, the sky, and the earth together to form a whole. Like bicycles that take us to new places, the watercolors have the ability to do the same.

My first art experience is a bit embarrassing. I don’t remember the event but my mother has told the story to me many times. I was in my crib, mom left me to take a nap. She came back two hours later and worried that I had not made a sound. She was surprised to discover that I was painting happily on the wall next to my crib with the pigment that was previously in my diaper. Yes, I had artistically covered the wall with my own poop. That is when my mother got convinced I would be an artist.








Find more of Everett’s work here.

Gary Hirsch, USA

I am an American, born in Melbourne Australia, now living in Portland, Oregon. I love making art that is interactive, collaborative, and that helps in some way.

When I was 7 years I had a lot of nightmares. Giant hands swooping down from the attic, grabbing me out of bed and swallowing me whole, where I would land in a stomach that was really a grave yard populated by zombies, yeah those kind of nightmares…On these nights when I couldn’t sleep I would sit with my father in the kitchen and draw the monsters from my nightmares. We would stay up for hours and my Dad would help me name these creatures (My parents saved all of these doodles, I still think they are some of my best work). Once during a late night doodling session my father leaned over and said, “You know, if you can create them, then you can also erase them.” So I would draw and erase and after a while the nightmares would come a bit less frequently. I never stopped doodling since.

Botjoy is my 7 year art experiment – to date, I have painted over 31,000 domino robots and scores of giant botjoy murals all over the globe.

I donate Bravebots to children’s hospitals. I leave hundreds on streets around the world for strangers to find. I also want others to make them as well. Hundreds of kids, teachers, nurses, artists and others are “stealing” this idea and making their own Bots. I love it! The world needs more Bots because for some reason (that frankly I don’t completely understand) they seem to help. As a friend of mine once said to me, “These little objects of joy help people feel better and have conversations with themselves that they need to have.”

My vow is to keep making them as long as it is fun for me, so-far-so-good!








To find out more visit www.botjoy.com.

Kyle Confehr, USA

I was born and still live in northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My earliest memory of doing art consisted of me asking my dad to draw Batman for me and then I’d mimic it on my own drawing pad.

These days I’m a graphic designer working at Whole Foods market. I do illustration when I’m not working there, and always admire good type. I wear my Nutcase helmet every time I go anywhere on my bike, and it’s saved me a few trips to the hospital.

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Kyle’s work can be seen here.

Maksim Azarkevich, Slovenia

I am a freelance illustrator born in Kiev-Ukraine who specializes in graffiti, traditional and digital illustrations. I came by this competition through a commission piece I did for the Slovenian distributor for Nutcase. I love the name and concepts of the helmets and that’s what gave me the idea for the designs.

My earliest memory of doing art was when I was in a hospital (I think I was about 10) and my roommate taught me how to draw simple airplanes :)


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Maksim’s work can be found here and here.

Yan Yan Candy Ng, Hong Kong

I was born in Hong Kong, today I am an illustrator and graphic artist living and working in the friendly Melbourne, Australia. My earliest memory of drawing is when I was in math class at primary school.

I like to celebrate positive thinking and I hope my designs will inspire Nutcase users to go forward and build confidence in practicing their choice of sport. Helmets protect the brain and the graphics on the helmet are a representation of our choice.

All action results from thought, what do we do when we have ‘fear’? If we focus on ‘fear’ then we will most likely chicken out but if we tell ourselves to just go for it, we can transform that fear energy into courage. After all if we fail, fail again, fail better. It is always good to keep trying (in our chosen sport) and keep moving forward!

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See more from Yan Yan here.

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