Rise Up

Today, an art-in-progress post for February's Print Of The Month, because this one is straight from my tangled, yearning, hopeful heart to yours.

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"Rise Up" was inspired by the Me Too and Time's Up movements, and, most recently, by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who inspire me daily with their clear, intelligent, and fearless voices.

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These movements (and others that have come into being over the past year), have made me feel hopeful and even, sometimes, optimistic about our future.

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It's hard sometimes to feel hopeful when I see, over and over again, the hatred, violence, and cruelty that humans inflict upon each other. I worry about us and our planet. I worry that we've lost sight of our best selves, and I worry most of all that we don't even seem to notice... or worse, care.

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But then I watch how a trickle of women sharing their stories turns into a river, then a flood, then an unstoppable tsunami. I watch powerful men get swept away as a chorus of righteous voices (women and men) rise up.

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I watch the kids (kids!) of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, emerge from the horror they endured determined to change things for their generation and the ones that follow them. They're so young, these kids, so young, and wise, and strong.

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They remind me what our best selves look like.

And all the women bravely telling their stories remind me that nothing ever gets changed by giving up, or turning away, or tuning out.

Things change when we demand that they change, when we are brave and loving and fierce, and when we refuse to accept the status quo simply because it is the status quo (or worse, because it benefits us at the expense of others).

Things change when we recognize they must, and together, we rise up.

You can purchase Rise Up from my Etsy shop, and/or you can get poster-size versions from The Creative Action Network, a community of artists and advocates making art with purpose. The Creative Action Network partners with non-profit and cause-based organizations to help tell stories and engage community. They donate 10% of profits to their non-profit partners.

I spent February building my patterns portfolio. You can check out everything I did  (and keep abreast of my latest designs) in the new Patterns & Surface Design gallery on my Portfolio page.

Also, I'm teaching two new art workshops at the Craft Makers Studio. If you're in the area, I'd LOVE to have you come play with me. Visit Craft Makers Studio or my Events Page for details.