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Curation with a Conscience: The Working Proof

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How to cover your causes and your walls, all at the same time.

Given how few and far between life’s simultaneous having-and-eating-cake moments come, we’re taking today to celebrate just such an opportunity. Thanks to a fledgling website called The Working Proof, you can now outfit your walls affordably and in style, while contributing to some great causes at the same time.

Launched in October of last year by design duo (and husband-and-wife team) Anna Corpron and Sean Auyeung, The Working Proof is an online gallery and print shop featuring limited-edition artwork, with 15% of the gross from each sale going to an organization of each artist’s choice. All of the prints sell for less than $100, making for a truly accessible aesthetic and social investment. Corpron and Auyeung, co-founders of multi-disciplinary design studio Sub-Studio, release a new image from an emerging artist each week on Tuesday afternoons, with 13 so far representing a range of charities and social enterprise ventures.

Brooklyn-based artist and wallpaper designer Dan Funderburgh directed the charitable portion of his sinuous letterpress print Optimist Club / Midwestern Can Snake to Transportation Alternatives, an organization that advocates for increased biking, walking, and public transit options in New York City.

Scottish artist Scott Balmer‘s three-color screenprint The Mystical Forest gives its charitable cut to The Kids in Need Foundation, an Ohio-based charity that provides free school supplies nationally to students and teachers. Other charities benefiting from The Working Proof‘s model include Architecture for Humanity, Doctors Without Borders, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. The list of recipients is as diverse as the works themselves, each hand-created and -numbered.

Illustrator Jacqueline Kari Bos lists among her artistic inspirations Annette Messager and E.V. Day, influences we admired in the artist’s screenprint Aurora, with its tessellated fields and lovely lace overlay. Bos paired her print with Show Hope, an organization that assists orphaned children financially and in finding families.

The Working Proof blog features interviews with many of the site’s artists, as well as information about other ways to support them and the organizations they represent.

To improve both your life and your walls, visit The Working Proof or follow them on Twitter.

Kirstin Butler has a Bachelor’s in art & architectural history and a Master’s in public policy from Harvard University. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a freelance editor and researcher, where she also spends way too much time on Twitter. For more of her thoughts, check out her videoblog.

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