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While we were on vacation in Mexico City we had the oportunity to work for a week at Taller 75 Grados run by Master Printer Arturo Negrete. We first met Maestro Negrete while we vistited Oaxaca and were able to join him and his crew for a workshop where we were able to print Melanie's Dia de los Muertos print. While at the taller we produced two four color screen printed editions that were finished during a live screen printing workshop and exhibit. THis live printing event is called "Taller en Vida" which the Maestro Negrete started to invite young artists to his studio to help revitalize screen printing with the new generation of artists and designers. For us it was really exciting to have the oportunity to work with a Master Printer that has work with some of Mexico's top designers over that past 30 years. Click here to buy the two prints we created.
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While we are in Mexico City we have the opportunity to work with Master Printer Arturo Negrete in his studio 75 Grados and print two new posters. The prints will be completed during the Taller en Vida (Live Workshop) on Saturday May 25th, so if you're in Mexico City stop by score a new print and check out one of Mexico City's premiere screen printing studios.
Free 8.5 " x 11" poster available by clicking here DOWNLOAD
"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."-Assata Shakur
"Assata never finished high school, but obtained a GED and went on to receive a college degree at the same time as her radical activism blossomed. She joined the Black Panther Party and later the Black Liberations Army(BLA), and maintained a consistent critique of the gender dynamics within both organizations throughout her involvement. In her mind-twenties, she became the subject of a nationwide FBI hunt that sought to link her to any and all violent crimes involving a black woman on the East Coast, part of the convert COINTELPRO initiative to destabilize and dissolve perceived subversive groups operating in the United States.
Shakur was wanted for her alleged role in multiple murders and robberies, and was targeted as the leader of a Black Liberation Army cell. In 1973, she was captured and imprisoned after a shootout that resulted in the deaths of her friend Zayd Shakur and New Jersey State Police Trooper Werner Foerster. Shakur was shot twice with her arms raised in surrender. Following multiple lengthy and convoluted trails, Shakur was found guilty for her part in the 1973 shooting, despite evidence suggesting her innocence. Many believe that her guilt was predetermined by the media frenzy surrounding her fugitive status, which included trumped up claims and misattributed photographs of other, armed, African-American Women.
Shakur escaped from prison in 1979 with the help of several BLA members, and eventually fled to Cuba. The U.S. government has tried repeatedly to seek extradition from Cuba, and in 2005 the FBI listed Shakur as a "domestic terrorist, " offering one million dollars for her capture. Assata Shakur continues to write and speak out against racism from her exile, maintaining her innocence and locating her struggle within the entrenched and institutionalized racism of the United States. "
This passage about Assata Shakur is from a collectively illustrated and written book called "Firebrand:Portraits from the Americas", page 134-135 that was created by members of the Justseeds cooperative in 2010.You can still order the book at Justseeds.org.
For a second year I teamed up with Forward Together to create a unique design for their Strong Families Mama's Day campaign.
Strong Families celebrates Mama's Day by highlighting the real lives and experiences of the mamas in our lives.They launched the 2013 original eCards and a powerful blog series on May 2nd, as well as a way to take action in support of real immigration reform that supports families.
The piece I contributed to the Strong Families Mama's Day project, this year, honors Indigenous and First Nations Mamas through out Turtle Island whose fierce leadership move our communities forward and whose tender love holds our people and families together. This piece also honors my beautiful friend, who inspires me deeply, named Morning Star.
Make your own Mama's Day card here:http://mamasday.org/
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