Every week on either Thursday or Friday I post an image to Facebook and to this site that is the singular moment during this heinous time that crystalizes a moment in the chaos. I get interesting responses and often many thumbs up/likes or shares that reinforce that I am not a lonely person afraid and stunned at the turn that this government has taken but one of many...each of us sending resistbot messages daily, talking and voraciously gobbling up the news so as not to be stunned and shocked on the regular basis that this administration espouses.
These resistance pieces are designed to be postcards. I selectively print them with GotPrint.com, and then distribute them for free to anyone who asks, or in the local brochure racks that I place them guerrilla style for the taking. There are women who run postcard writing sessions, and I provide resistance cards as well as valentines to send to those in government who are doing a great thing and deserve kudos. I have put big packs of the cards with my pins into local fundraising auctions (getting a good sum of money for them). I hand them out....and they are getting noticed.
I got bitten by the enameled pin bug. If you go to Etsy and snoop around, you will see lots of fun and cute enameled pins created for the millenials and more. They are cheap and distinctive...and sell for around $10. After a trial balloon project here in the US, I crossed the ocean and have been buying these pins from a resource in China. They are really really nice, and not that expensive, so I carry them in my pocket and hand them out to friends and folks out in the world. I have a "NASTY" pin as well as "PERSIST", "RESIST", "what the fuck' (in Russian), and a new mess of woman related themes. If I sell 20 pins, it will pay for the lot of 200 so its beginning to be a break even proposition.
The National Womens' Hall of Fame will be carrying my pins, a pair of the resistance cards (Sally Yates and Princess Leia), some valentines and stickers. Induction weekend is next week for the Hall...and I hope this will be the beginning of a nice relationship. More on that later.
"Love and Resistance" just came down after a happy summer at Exhibit A in Corning, NY The images were enlarged to 12" x 18" unframed (hung with magnets) prints...in one little room. Quite impressive, quite loud. The opening was really fun with many people thanking me for capturing these moments that give them a moment to stop and reflect. And--We sold a mess of pins, and a mess of prints. So the work is out there...and there is some chatter that we might do something else before the holidays. Could be really cool.
I think a bit more writing to you will be a good thing to share my thoughts and images during these trying times will be good for both of us. Expect to hear from me soon.