about 5 by design

5 by design was originally developed to provide financial support to animal rescue groups in Qatar, but is now providing support to a number of organizations in different countries, including the U.S. and Canada. the overall mission of 5 by design is to save and improve the lives of abandoned animals. the charity also makes a point of supporting independent artists in expressing their love for animals.

i became involved with 5 by design in late 2017 when i met with the charity's founder. i was thrilled to partner with her and immediately had the idea of creating artwork focusing exclusively on black cats since i have two of my own, Petunia and Moondo. as you may know, black cats have been regarded as bad luck in Western history for centuries dating back to the Salem witch trials. this stems from the notion that witches were able to "shape-shift" and take the form of black cats. unfortunately, the effect of this seemingly innocent superstition reaches modern day animal shelters where black cats are often last to be adopted and are euthanized at a faster rate. through the designs i create for 5 by design, i hope to bring awareness to this trend and promote appreciation for black cats' beauty and personality. 

my designs can be found under the shop by artist tab on the 5 by design website.