Hey Casandra! How about a quick introduction?
Hey guys! I’m Casandra from Malaysia, a 3D Artist and Animator during the day, a Tegan and Sara fangirl at night. 

Out of 409 entries, I’m Not Your Hero not only won the hearts of the twin sister duo, but won the grand prize in the challenge! Was it a shock to your system? 
It was indeed a shock to my system, totally knocked my heart right out of sync. Truthfully speaking, I still find this hard to believe. I’m very flattered to know that the twins whom I adore very much liked something that I did. I was actually notified about my win on the day after my birthday, best late birthday surprise ever! I have not celebrated yet, but I will once the design is up on the site. 

What was your inspiration for your design? Can you share your process? Design was inspired by the track “I’m Not Your Hero” obviously. It was just a random sketch that I did not plan on using as a submission until I decided to go all out for this challenge because I really wanted to win so badly. Shared it on Tumblr and the response was overwhelming that I decided to submit the design and I’m glad I did! Here is the process: 

Do you have any plans for your winnings?
For now, I’m just gonna get myself a vinyl player, still not sure what to do with the rest of the cash prize, probably save it for future use. 

What’s it like to be able to design for Tegan and Sara on Threadless?
I’m really glad that they decided to launch this contest, it’s a great opportunity for the fans to showcase their talent. Plus, I’ve always preferred to convey my adoration for something in art form. 

Are you a big Tegan and Sara fan? What about their music do you love? Have you ever seen them live?
YESSS I am! What I love about their music is that it has the ability to make you want to dance crazy one minute and the next minute you’ll find yourself lying on the floor in a fetal position, crying. Yes, I have seen them live in Singapore back in May this year, and I’ll be seeing them again in a few weeks time at the Urbanscapes festival here in Malaysia!! I’m super stoked and hopefully I’ll get the chance to meet the ladies in person. 

If Tegan and Sara came to your house to hang out for the day, where would you take them and what would you guys do?
Maybe watch a movie, have a picnic at the park, listen to them banter about random things, visit the zoo and feed giraffes. 

How awesome does it feel to know that you will be connecting thousands of Tegan and Sara fans together with your design?
It’s a dream come true, really. I’m so excited to see the shirt being worn by Tegan and Sara fans from all over the world! 

Do you have a favorite track off their latest studio album, Heartthrob? Is there a favorite lyric by Tegan and Sara that resonates with you?
My favorite track from Heartthrob changes from time to time, but if I were to pick one now, I would say “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend.” It’s a catchy yet depressing track but never fails to put me in a good mood for some reason. Can my favorite lyric be from another album? “It’s a silly time to learn to swim when you start to drown” from My Number, a track from This Business of Art album. 

When designing for a duo like Tegan and Sara, what did you hope to showcase in your work?
Definitely the style and the tiny little details that only fans would notice, something that screams, “I’m a huge fan!” 

Any last words or shoutouts?
Massive thanks to Threadless and Tegan and Sara for making this year a memorable one for me! Also, thank you T&S fans on Tumblr, you guys have been really nice and supportive towards me, appreciate it loads high fives all of you and my family and friends. 

You can purchase Casandra’s winning design, I’m Not Your Hero, as well as the other two awesome runner-up Tegan and Sara designs in the catalog!