I hope you are having a nice start to Autumn! Even though it's 90 degrees in Michigan, I'm still feeling the magic of my favorite season. Time for cider donuts, leaf piles, and scratchy wool. So. Much. Wool.
Happy Women's Equality Day to all my fellow ladies! When we support equal opportunity for women from the day they're born on into their golden years, we foster healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable societies.
Less than 100 years ago, a group of strong-willed, persistent (see: nasty) women succeeded in getting the 19th amendment certified, gaining women in the U.S. the right to vote. Obviously no small feat. In 1971, NY Congresswoman "Battling Bella" Abzug prompted congress to designate August 26 as Women's Equality Day, to commemorate the efforts of the suffragettes and the 1920 certification of the amendment. Feeling thankful for the advocacy of these women who were confident enough to speak up for their rights and strategic enough to secure their equality with legislation. Respect.
Been riding my bike a lot lately, as I just moved to a new city with new ground to discover. It's been a truly awesome way to learn the pathways of my new home, and to get out the stress of work and political rage. But I just gotta vent about one thing! Ladies and gents: please wear a helmet when you ride. No one cares how cute your hair looks as it lightly blows through the wind. It might be one less thing to pack, but it's the one thing you ought to pack! I've heard to many tragic stories to go without one. Hope you'll take to protecting your watermelon too! Here's some cool styles to check out if you're interested in something a little less conventional
I hope you honor this special day in your own special way.
If you love indie press and the printed page as much as I do, then please consider backing Got a Girl Crush's Kickstarter campaign! If you're not familiar with this little powerhouse of a zine, then you can learn more about it here. It's seriously such a gorgeously conceived and executed publication. Check it out :) . I'm proud to have created the accompanying portrait for a profile of Ada Colau, mayor of Barcelona.
I had so much fun working with House that Lars Built earlier this month to put together some sweet downloadables for their June book club selection, In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge! Check out House that Lars Built if you'd like to download and print the poster and bookmark :)
It can be easy to take home for granted when you have a relatively comfortable one. Today is World Refugee Day. If you've got a minute, please consider what it means to feel at home and take action to help support refugees and asylum seekers who have been displaced by war, famine, and other hardships so that they can feel something like home too. There are so many ways to be a good neighbor across the globe, so check out aid groups like The IRC, @refugees, and The UNHCR for more information on how to help! And sign the petition to say you stand with refugees today.
Hope you can join me and a slew of other artists and makers this Thursday night at @dustyrosevintage! We'll be selling our wares to raise money for breast cancer charities that help make cancer prevention and screening more accessible to all.
WHEN: Thursday, June 8, 7-10 pm
WHERE: Dusty Rose Vintage, 251 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222
More on the event from #Nightboob creator, Maresa Ponitch:
Come by, say hi, and see all this beautiful boob art! xo
Save the date: April 28! I'll be showing new work alongside Kate Nielsen and Steph Becker at Calico Gallery in Brooklyn as part of Greenpoint Gallery Night.
Hope you can make it!
It's Equal Pay Day! I'd say let's celebrate, but the facts are kind of a bummer. LeanIn.org reports that women on average are paid 20% less than men—and this disparity is often even more pronounced for women of color. I worked with Lyft to create a gif to get the word out about this wage gap, and help inspire people to work together on closing it up. Lyft teamed up with LeanIn.Org for their #20PercentCounts campaign and is donating 20% of proceeds from rides taken today to organizations that serve women and families, including Dress for Success®, Feeding America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and AAUW. Just make sure you take those rides between 8 AM and 6 PM to make sure you're payment is included in the #20percentcounts donation pool.
For more on lyft's campaign, visit: https://blog.lyft.com/posts/equal-pay-day
For more on LeanIn's #20percentcounts campaign, visit: https://leanin.org/equalpay
I'll have prints and originals from the Ladies Who Lead series available, and other artists participating in the benefit include Carol Joo Lee, M. Morton, Danielle Kroll, Signe Yberg, Alison Owen, Lesh, The Lost Camp, Isaac Arvold, Anabella Zubillaga, Tatiana Arocha, Monty J, and Kim Brown, and Greenpoint Hill.
Artists will be donating 20% of all proceeds towards IDP's holistic community defense program that provides resources and tools to immigrants, their communities and advocates to fight back against deportations and ICE abuses. Speakers from IDP will be joining us to tell us more about their initiatives.
Good times for good work - hope you can join us!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Probably safe to say it ain't easy living in an animal shelter, but it's even tougher without toys, treats, or a cozy bed to dream in at night. That's why I'm doing some shopping today on the Best Friends Society's NYC Amazon Wishlist. They've got all kinds of goodies to choose from, from kongs and treats to thundershirts and snuggly beds! Um, guys. They've even got wooly snuffle mats on the list #askmeaboutwoolysnufflemats!!! Would anyone care to join me in making someone's shelter life a little more cozy? Check out their full list of ways to give here. And there are other organizations that you can work with on a local level by showing up to help walk dogs, like at Barc in Brooklyn. Big thanks to good people at The Big Hundred for today's inspiration. Check out their Instagram for more great ways to take action in the first 100 days!
It's US daylight saving time today. Do what you gotta do.
Strong women lift each other up. Always. When I created this gif a year ago for International Women's Day, I had no idea how far it would travel or how many friends it would make along the way! Thank you to all the women who inspire me, support me, and give me strength. I hope some of you will be taking the day off today for the #daywithoutwomen, but if you can't, that's cool too! We're united regardless, today and every day. <3<3
Unromatic love matters too! Hope you have a wonderful day, full of love, self and otherwise.
Feeling overwhelmed by what's happening in politics right now? Then let your elected representatives know! Voice your concerns on issues and dole out the thank-you's to those who are standing up for the things you value. Feel free to print and use this page of postcards to write to your reps.
TO PRINT: Right-click on the image below and select "Open image in a new tab". Go to that new tab and print as usual from there.
Are you looking for ways to help refugees and immigrants on a local level? Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and I created this short video to share some simple ways to help!
From Grace: "If you don't watch the full video, here's the gist: plug into your local chapters of @theirc @aclu SURJ, local churches or legal aid groups to see how you can offer the services (and others) detailed in the video.
For anyone who isn't familiar with how much vetting refugees go through to come to the United States, here is a helpful link about the process: http://nyti.ms/2jKX3V4.#givebackspeakup "
Bring your postcards, stamps, concerns, and friends, cuz we're having a postcard write- in! Join us next week Thursday, Feb. 2, at Brooklyn Kitchen for a marathon postcard-writing session to tell our representatives what's top of mind in our district. We'll also have local artist-designed postcards for sale with proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood. If you have any writing anxiety, don't sweat it. You're not alone 😨 We'll have some talking points to help. AND we'll have a donation box for tampons and pads for a miracle bag program for the local food pantry. Consider donating some much needed supplies! Thanks to Kate Coats for organizing and The Brooklyn Kitchen for hosting!
When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 5-9 pm
Where: Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street
Snacks and wine will be provided!
Hey folks! I'm excited to share that I'm now part of the womenwhodraw directory, a new site dedicated to highlighting the work of women artists. If you have a little time, this is a super fun rabbit hole to fall down. So much to look at! And such a broad range of work.