Season’s inspirations packaged up for the holidays

As difficult as these times are, people are still planning on purchasing and packaging holiday gifts to send out this year.

To give gift shipping a more festive flair, Purolator Canada has commissioned 13 independent and emerging Canadian artists from each province and territory to design limited-edition holiday boxes that reflect the spirit of the season from their individual perspectives, and showcase a wonderful cross-section of Canadian inspiration in the hands of these talented individuals.

The artists were given the happy opportunity to interpret what winter and the holidays mean to them, and “what is so great about this campaign is the opportunity for this diverse group of artists to be given the spotlight, as they’ve never been given this national platform before – especially female artists,” added company officials in a recent email, noting such artists as Nhesa Patoy, a Filipina graphic designer based in Whitehorse, Yukon who specializes in illustration and animation — much of her work is inspired by Yukon’s landscapes, people and culture.

There’s Karine Deschenes from Quebec, an independent artist from the Charlevoix region, whose illustrations often show female characters of different ethnic backgrounds expressing their emotions, daily realities and fantasies.

There’s also Patrick Hunter, a 2 Spirit Ojibway Woodland artist and graphic designer from Red Lake, Ont., who, inspired by his homeland, paints what he sees through a spiritual lens.

There’s Melanie Jewell, a multimedia artist based in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and Megan Hunt, a Nunavut-born artist with a focus on design and animation to reflect storytelling.

All 13 artists used the shipping box as a palette to bring a wonderful cheer and a sense of hope to the season.

“We’re celebrating moments of joy and creativity together at this festive time of year,” says Laurie Weston, director of retail, Purolator, in a recent release, adding “we’re excited to partner with artists from a wide range of backgrounds and regions (and) we hope all Canadians find a design that inspires them to share a seasonal art box with a loved one.”

You can view all the boxes at The company has also partnered with Michaels  ( for an opportunity for people to create their own special holiday boxes.

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