Howdah Tote Bag Competition Winner!

Back in September, we launched a competition to create a piece of artwork to be featured on our first official Howdah Tote Bags. Like our snacks, for each sale of our Howdah tote bags, we will donate FREE school meals to children in need in India!

We love getting our Howdah fans and followers involved in all parts of the business and thought it would be a great opportunity to get creative! The competition was open to all ages and abilities and wow, what a response!

We had so many amazing entries, it was so tough to choose a final winner, however one illustration captured the eyes and hearts of our Howdah HQ...

Congratulations Lorna Irwin! Lorna is the artist behind this beautiful illustration , which we thought represented Howdah perfectly. We loved the overall composition, the way Lorna captured the joy on the children's faces and the intricate detail throughout the design. This transferred perfectly as our tote bag design! 

We had a quick chat with Lorna about the inspiration behind her design and how the lockdowns inspired her to get out her sketch book again!

Why did you decide to enter our competition?

I love all things elephant, which is what drew me to try Howdah snacks after seeing the fantastic packaging. During lockdown(s) I’d picked up my art book again and started doodling to pass time, then I went back to work and hurt my back! I was limited with what I could do so when I saw the competition I was totally absorbed for a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed it.

What inspired you to create the artwork you did?
Howdah's ethos for giving back inspired my design. I have visited India many times and memories of autorickshaws packed full of schoolchildren with a stick secured to the side carrying their tiffin tins came flooding back. I loved the idea of an elephant dabbawalla! 

Where does you love of art and illustration come from?
I loved art at school and have continued to doodle, I suppose I have a creative streak and just have a go. I know my limitations though.... this competition was a bit of a rush of blood to the head.
And finally, which of our Howdah snacks is your favourite flavour?
I really like all the flavours, but I guess the Bombay Mix is top because of its authenticity.



Well done Lorna! 

You can purchase our charity tote bag here