About Serpentijn

Our Purpose

Serpentijn was founded In 2015 to make a positive impact through art and athletics, based on the belief that both play a vital role in learning and living life to its fullest. This idea grew into collaborating with artists to create beautiful, functional products in order to support our non-profits of choice.

We anticipate our product offering expanding over time, and are excited about partnering with new artists and non-profits. Our goal is to serve these communities through a shared love of art and athletics.

How It Works

10% of each purchase you make goes to a worthy non-profit organization, selected by you during checkout. For 2016, your choice of charities includes:

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit encouraging children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams. Your gifts help us provide art & music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world. Dreamingzebra.org

MKE MTB – KIDS MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM

Children ages 12-18 can learn to ride and even compete in National Interscholastic Cycling Association-sanctioned events through this Milwaukee Recreation program. No experience needed; bikes and safety gear provided. Part of Milwaukee Recreation’s mission since 1911 is to promote healthy lifestyles and personal development for people of all ages and abilities through recreational and educational experiences. Milwaukeemtb.com

The Artists

Keith Negley

Keith has been working for over 15 years as a freelance illustrator. His clients include a wide range of major newspapers, national magazines and publishers and he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and New Yorker. He recently published his first children's book for Flying Eye Books, Tough Guys Have Feelings Too, and is currently working on book number two. Keith resides in the mountains of Bellingham, Washington, with his wife and 7-year-old hellspawn. KeithNegley.com

Barbra Ignatiev

A Wisconsin native now based in Oakland, California, Barbra creates watercolor prints and patterns for her brand Barbarian. The spirit of Barbarian encompasses a deep desire for a brave and colorful life of freedom filled with nature, music and travel. Her intent is to inspire adventurousness and soul-searching in others. BarbraIgnatiev.com

Emily Balsley

Emily Balsley is an illustrator living in Madison, Wisconsin. Her work is bright and happy, with a touch of whimsy. Her clients include American Girl Magazine, Storey Publishing, Random House Books, Bowl of Heaven, Schwinn Bicycles and Mudpuppy. When she's not drawing she is biking around town with her family, paddle boarding or tackling her never-ending list of DIY house projects. (photo by Lexia Frank) EmilyBalsley.com

Friends

Some of the wonderful people who help and inspire:

DARREN HAUCK PHOTOGRAPHY

dhauckphoto.com

INK DESIGNS

inkdesigns.net

ELLUM BAG WORKS

ellumbagworks.com

The name "Serpentijn" [serpentēn] suggests both the snaking line of a cyclist and the path that connects personal creativity with beneficial productivity.

Serpentijn Art & Athletics™ is a nonprofit organization.