Be inspired by Share and Inspire canvases


In the nineties, if you mentioned wall prints of inspirational quotes, your thoughts would turn to those monstrous, black-bordered pieces featuring nature photography and a single confrontational word – Strive! Compete! Persevere!. They may have had a place in the boardroom but were certainly not the kind of thing for the living room, let alone a nursery.

In May we introduced you to Kids in Philanthropy and mentioned the philanthropic efforts of Share and Inspire, an online business developed by three sisters (aged five to eight) that raises money for a variety of charities.

Share and Inspire create canvases of inspirational images and messages. The canvases are the work of a number of different graphic designers and all feature beautiful, gentle messages to put you in a happy place. The illustrations are cheerful, colourful and relevant to children – it’s hard to resist ‘Life is Good’ when it’s printed over an icy-pole or the thrilling idea of starting every day like it’s your birthday.


The canvases are perfect for the nursery or kids bedrooms however I have ‘Live, Swim, Drink‘, with the simple but true message – ‘Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air’, hanging above my desk. Swimming is one of my favourite activities and this print really resonated with me – a nice reminder of good things when I’m inside on a gloomy winter’s day.

Canvases are $29.95 each and all profits are donated to worldwide not-for-profit organisations to support children, their families and education. The girls behind Share and Inspire research and engage with the organisations they support and share the details on their blog.



Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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