Printing for a Cause
Most of us are watching events unfold in Wisconsin from a great distance but Nicolas Lampert and Colin Matthes of Justseeds are in the eye of the storm. The two have been screen-printing their support for unions non-stop and disseminating their images in Milwaukee and Madison. To paraphrase Lampert, the pair has a multi-prong distribution system:
-giving them out at demonstrations
-screening them on poster board for marching signs
-posting them inside the State Capital during the two week occupation
-posting them in local businesses’ store front windows
-dropping off stacks of prints at labor union buildings
-and disseminating images as free downloadable graphics HERE.
As most visitors of this site are painfully aware, there is a lot of lip service paid to “the political print.” Too often it’s framed in historic terms: the demo- yaaawwwwn -cratic artform. Something print used to be. This work (and much of the justseeds work in general) is a living, breathing example of print being employed for a cause of the day. While twitter and facebook may be amazing organizational tools, holding up your iPhone at a political rally to share a political graphic is less effective. That’s where old-fashioned paper and ink come in handy. Thanks for sharing, Nicolas. Plenty of pics after the jump.
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