Art of Resistance & Resilience

Once per week at Franklin High School I teach an art class called the Art of Resistance & Resilience. Moved by the the look of grief and trauma on my students faces the day after the presidential inauguration, I decided to start this class because signing petitions and writing to politicians who may or may not listen to me was not enough. So I set out to create a safe space for students to channel their feelings into art that resists injustices everywhere. We’ve mainly focused on screen printing t-shirts, posters and hijabs, in addition to making pins. The following images showcase their accomplishments from this last semester. This class is made possible by donations. Please contact me if you’d like to contribute a donation.

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Appliquéd Black Lives Matter t shirts

 

All of these handmade 100% cotton t-shirts are upcycled from thrift stores and appliquéd with scraps from the cutting room that I saved from bag making. Originally I just made one for myself to to wear at Franklin High School, where I’m an educator, for a historic day in Seattle on October 19, 2016 when over 2000 educators from Seattle Public Schools wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts to show solidarity for Black students, families, and staff. By popular demand, I made several more for other students and staff and now I’m making a limited run of them for the public. 25% of all sales go to Franklin High School’s Black Student Union to purchase books on Black history, current cultural, social and political issues, and memoirs in addition to healthy snacks for their after school club.

More info on the historic day here:
http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/10/19/24630108/two-thousand-seattle-teachers-wore-black-lives-matter-shirts-to-schools

More info on Franklin High School here:
http://franklinhs.seattleschools.org