Artist+Graphic Design Call Out: West Seattle Bridge T-Shirt(s) Design

This is a historically remarkable time for West Seattle. The stay-home order is dramatically affecting our merchants and the bridge closure is intensifying our sense of isolation. We love living here, but we are getting hit harder than most neighborhoods. It’s been tough on everyone.

Art as an Expression of Solidarity

At the initiative of neighbor and volunteer Scott Ulrich, the West Seattle Art Walk is bringing artists and the community together to create a visual, emotional statement about our reality – as a benefit for our local businesses and local artists. 

We are launching a West Seattle Bridge T-Shirt Design Contest to generate three different shirt designs for sale this summer. The artists of the three chosen designs will each receive $500 for their work.

All proceeds of the T-shirt sales will go toward the merchants who will be selling the t-shirts at their stores and to the West Seattle Junction who organizes the  West Seattle Small Business Relief fund which, as of June 16, has already provided $104,000 to our local merchants and service providers to help cover essential monthly expenses like utility bills and payroll taxes. 

Inspiration for the T-Shirt Artwork

The Art Walk’s goal is to create T-shirts with visual and/or verbal messages that inspire West Seattleites during this heavy time in our history. We would like all artists to consider the following as they create their designs: 

  • Capture the essence of the situation
  • Raise awareness about the importance of the bridge closure to our community
  • Convey the love we have for West Seattle

We recognize that art is a very personal expression and you may have mixed emotions about the Bridge closure. While we do not want to inhibit creativity, we do aim to find a balance among sentiments conveyed in the designs that will appeal to our community, with a suggestion of:

  • Humorous
  • Proud
  • Encouraging 

Designs can be all illustration, all text, or a mix of both. One submission per artist.

Please note: While we welcome all submissions, artwork needs to be family-friendly to qualify for voting and selection.

West Seattle Chooses Winners!

All submissions are due on Friday, July 3, by noon (see below for more info about art preparation). The Art Walk will compile all qualifying submissions in a Facebook album and provide an online voting form – then it’s up to the community to vote for their favorites! Timeline specifics will be released shortly.

Artwork Specifics

  • T-shirt designs will be silk screened and can have up to four (4) solid/spot/flat colors (PMS colors preferred)
  • Artwork needs to work on either a white, black or gray T-shirt, and will print approximately 8”x10”
  • All artwork submissions need to be final, production-ready files: 300 dpi at print size (vector graphics and/or Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop formats preferred). The printer will do separations.

>>>How do I submit my artwork? Fill out this short form online, where you can also upload your work. We need both the final file and a JPG for use in voting.

Here is the 2019 Summer Fest T-shirt for reference. The four colors are black, pink, red and yellow.

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How Can You Buy Your Shirt?

The Art Walk will have a form to pre-order all shirts prior to production, and some merchants, if already open, will have them for sale. Shirts will be $29 (tax and shipping included) if pre-ordered, and $25 at local merchants. Pre-orders begin in late June, and availability will be two to three weeks later.

You can expect this timeline:

 

Action Date Notes
Call for Artists June 1
Deadline for Submissions July 3 Full four weeks+
Gather Submissions into Voting  July 6-July 9
Voting Begins July 10 Full four weeks
Voting Closes August 7
Announce Winners August 10
Pre-sales Open August 14 Full six weeks
Pre-sale Closes September 11
Release files September 14 5-10 business days
Delivery September 28
Mailing/Fulfillment Week of September 28 Mail or drop to merchants

Thank you in advance for your love for West Seattle, and we are excited to see your ideas! As for every day, we will get through this together – and having a cool T-shirt will make things even better.

Please contact us at  or with any questions.