International Women’s Day / A Day Without A Woman

Photo: Ace Hotel

I’ve gone back and forth in my head for days over whether or not I would actively participate in International Women’s Day and #DayWithoutAWoman. I’m a feminist, I believe in equal rights, I fight for equal wages and so much more, but something about the marked day felt… privileged? The idea of opting out of my normal Wednesday work duties when so many women (so many people!) cannot afford to take a day off felt… wrong?

And that’s the reason I decided to take part, actually. In support of gender-oppressed people who want better lives, who work their asses off just to make ends meet, who deserve to be treated as equally as you, me, and our so-called president.

I won’t be posting and if I do any shopping it will be with small, women- and minority-owned businesses. If you’re not able to take the day off from work but still want to participate you can show your support by wearing red. To learn more about the day, and the efforts behind it, check out the Women’s March page.

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Nevertheless, She Persisted Tees!

 

LET’S TAKE THIS ONE STEP FURTHER. After our hugely successful post full of printable #resistance postcards some of you reached out about the possibility of selling my design as a t-shirt. My gears immediately started turning, because why hadn’t I thought of that??

I submitted my design to Cotton Bureau (a favorite business right here in Pittsburgh) and as of today you have two weeks to purchase it on their site! The shirt is being offered in white, maroon, and vintage black in both men’s and women’s sizes for you to rock on your hot little bods. (Note: None of the shirts are pre-washed, but should only shrink *maybe* half an inch if washed in cold water.)

Half of all proceeds are headed straight to the ACLU! So buy it, wear it, and stand up for what you believe in.

 

 

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Print, Write, Mail – 24 Printable #Resistance Postcards

What better day to fight back than President’s Day? (Trick question, every day.)

I haven’t talked politics here because I haven’t had the words. If you follow Design Crush on any social media platforms you likely have a very good idea of my beliefs and thoughts on the current administration, it’s just been easier to put my thoughts and emotions into 140 character bursts than a post. It’s taken me over three months to get to this point and even now I feel fragmented. I was with her, I was emotionally and mentally devastated, I was sick to my stomach. I marched, I called, I wrote letters. And I needed my first ever political post here to be proactive, not just all of the above angst.

Last weekend I had a germ of an idea and acted on it, thirty minutes later I had emailed a few dozen artist and designer friends asking for their help. I wanted to create a post – this post – full of inspiring art in postcard form that you could download for free, print out at home (or wherever), and mail to every political representative you want to get in touch with. I can’t thank these friends of mine enough for making time in their already busy schedules to stand up for their beliefs and contribute to a project that I hope will be spread far and wide.

Each download has two postcard fronts per letter-sized page, you can download the universal postcard back here. It goes without saying that these are for personal use only, each artist and designer retains the copyright to their work.

 

Lisa Congdondownload here

‘Persistent’ is part of a series of artworks that illustrator Lisa Congdon is making in response to the new administration and posting on her Instagram feed. She has been struck by the perseverance, not only of Rep. Elizabeth Warren, but also by other women – both women in power and regular women who are resisting the new administration with fervor. Lisa was inspired by the imagery of a renaissance warrior in armor, which was the inspiration for this piece. The woman holds both a weapon and a dove, representing both the struggle and the fight for peace and inclusion.

 

Amy Turn Sharpdownload here

It’s our government. We get to resist.

 

Chris Piascikdownload here

I’m always drawing, it’s my way of thinking and reacting to the things around me. These days I can’t help but react to the insanity of the Trump administration and the GOP working hand-in-hand with him. So many outrageous things are happening daily, these are my attempts at bringing a bit of clarity to a blur of chaos.

Download additional postcard designs by Chris here.

 

Courtney Khaildownload here

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding” (Albert Einstein)

I attended a magnet school for most of my childhood. The student body was comprised of all different races, economic backgrounds, and sexualities, but instead of dividing us, our differences were celebrated. We were encouraged to embrace our unique stories and share our experiences with one another in order to become more well rounded, compassionate, and informed individuals. It was our diversity that strengthened us. When I sat down to create this painting, I knew that’s what I wanted to show. That despite how different each bloom is, each one is beautiful, strong, and worthy of being part of the overall bouquet. There is a lot of division is our country right now and I feel that all stems from a lack of understanding (which then breeds fear and hatred). So let’s fix that – let’s talk.

 

Dane Horvathdownload here

All of us, especially politicians, forget the simple concept of treating others like you would want to be treated.

 

Emily McDowelldownload here

I designed this “snowflake” badge – which is also being turned into a pin as I type this! – as a response to all the folks who use it as an insult. First of all, snowflakes are beautiful, and second, when millions of snowflakes get together, you end up with an avalanche, or a blizzard, or a deadly snow tornado, so WATCH OUT, you regressive, hateful shit-gibbons. I love this on a postcard, because I picture it as part of an avalanche of mail overwhelming the White House daily.

 

Everyday Balloonsdownload here

Persist – continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure. An important word to keep in mind as we rally together to resist and stand up for what we believe is right. While it’s not an easy road, we must persist to make our voices heard.

 

Amy Garbarkdownload here

I have been actively writing postcards to our elected officials for the last several weeks as a way to engage and speak up about policies and Executive Orders that I do not agree with and/or that I think are harmful, hateful, or detrimental to humans and our planet.

It’s been a serious challenge to connect with some of our lawmakers and representatives. As constituents, our voices should be important to the elected officials who are representing us, but in many cases, this is not the situation.

From disconnected phone lines, full voicemail boxes, turned away mail, and lack of town hall meetings; it’s been difficult to access some elected officials to even have the opportunity to share one’s voice. In some cases, the only available way to communicate has been via fax. And yes, it is 2017.

These postcard designs reflect a general sentiment of: Please listen up: the people have something to say and we want you to hear it.

 

Genevieve Barbee-Turnerdownload here

 

Jaime Derringerdownload here

I created this piece to represent the frustration and chaos of our political climate, but I am hopeful. #resist

 

Kate Missdownload here

My quote is taken from a speech Obama gave way back when he was campaigning before the 2008 election. It’s still so relevant, especially now that so many of us feel like we’ve lost an adult in charge and dart our eyes around for someone. It’s us, guys! I’m so proud of the resistance movement in our country and how we’re all holding people accountable and standing side by side. When I was in college in the early 2000s in Seattle I went to many anti-war protests, and my friend Steve used to whisper as we took a deep breath and stepped out into the streets of oncoming traffic: “safety in numbers, safety in numbers” and I whisper that to myself a lot lately.

 

Kelly Bealldownload here

Even when there are blockades in the road and insufferable people running the government, it’s our job as patriots to fight back. To stand up for what we believe in and what this country stands for. To persist.

 

Kimberly Hall for So + Sodownload here

We started doing these as merit badges for adults (there’s a small collection up online now) and as we started putting together ideas for more we stumbled upon Kate Greenaway’s book about the meanings of flowers. We just found so many that seemed like messages we want to share, and the nasturtium (for patriotism) was so perfect for the struggles so many of us are going through right now, it felt like a way to connect with others that are feeling the same way. We’re really excited to get to share it even sooner than it can be ready in its embroidered form!

 

Leslie Fandrichdownload here

Beastess does not mess around. She channels her steely lioness heart with a mighty headdress and a wild attitude. She will not be deterred and while she can be intimidating, she is also wise and loyal.

 

Melanie Biehledownload here

Abstract cityscapes are one of my favorite things to paint. I decided to create a city of red, white, and blue because while we’re different in lots of ways, we’re all Americans. I hope it reminds the recipients of this postcard that no matter how they personally feel about the message on the back, that it is being sent to them from a fellow American. WE’RE the people… all of us. And we deserve our voices to be heard.

 

Melissa Morris Ivonedownload here

I’ve been looking to the Statue of Liberty as an icon for this era. She’s a strong, confident woman who welcomes the persecuted into this country. She represents the greatest parts of America. The parts that seem ignored by the current administration. I know if she could, she’d pick up a sign and lead us all in an attempt to remind this country of what she stands for.

 

Natalie Souddownload here

Creating these was definitely cathartic! I’m a fan of super bold color, and it felt especially suiting to pair slap-you-in-the-face hues with the bold statements I wanted the cards to make. Couldn’t resist throwing in a little humor, because these days, we all need some!

Download additional postcard designs by Natalie here.

 

Old Sweet Songdownload here

I’ve had to stop looking at the news and at Facebook constantly because it is so overwhelming. This terrible thing is happening! Oh wait, here’s another terrible thing! And another! There’s just so much to be outraged about it’s hard to know where to start.

 

Rachael Arnold Sagerdownload here

The United States is SO fragmented right now. I believe there’s strength in that passion – it means we care about our nation, our communities, friends, and families… but if we are going to heal from this divisiveness, we must hold our government accountable for their actions regarding the population they insist to represent. We might be fractured, but we aren’t broken; and we aren’t going away.

 

Rebecca Rothfus Harrelldownload here

It’s funny, when you said resistance postcard I immediately went to the WW2 resistance posters that had the sun rays on them. I did that part and assumed I’d make a cloud in the front. I tore blue paper and grey paper to look like a cloud but nothing seemed right. Then I cut an angled piece of grey paper and I thought “AH! it’s an abstract cloud but also like a WALL”. I am trying my best to project positivity but feeling very weighed down by reality.

 

Ryan McManusdownload here

Based on something called “dazzle camouflage” that the navy used to confuse and disrupt targeting systems: “Unlike other forms of camouflage, the intention of dazzle is not to conceal but to make it difficult to estimate a target’s range, speed, and heading.” Seemed an apropos metaphor for the movement. Keep ‘em guessing!! The other intended goal was to stand out dramatically in piles and piles of US Gov’t correspondence. I thought it would help these little missives get noticed. Third constraint was keeping the design B&W so the printing could be cheap/ubiquitous (though I bet it would work best on glossy stock).

 

Strawberrylunadownload here

Good communication is always a positive. However, good communication is a two-way process. In this time of engaged citizenry and heightened awareness of the role our elected officials play in millions of Americans everyday lives, I find myself frustrated with the lack of open channels of communication to my elected officials. And I know I’m not alone. Don’t give up! Keep making those calls.

 

Worker Birddownload here

In the midst of this shock and awe campaign of “governing” I feel that RESIST is my go to word to keep up my own fight against EVERYTHING that is happening. It’s an umbrella term that covers not normalizing this administration and its actions, not accepting the racism and xenophobia that runs rampant, not accepting the avoidance and/or silence of our elected officials, and trying to hinder the forward march of fascism.

As I carved the art I pulled prints at various stages to track my progress and to see what was actually happening on the block. In the end I scanned a few of the proofs and then layered them to create the final digital piece.

 

Rebecca Atwooddownload here

The past few months have left me heartbroken. I’ve struggled to find the words to share because there is so much emotion.  I realize I am privileged to feel heartbroken like this for the first time.  I like to look for the silver lining–that hopefully this time will spark more change and more love.  To me, so much of this comes down to putting ourselves in the place of others and trying to see the world a bit differently. This year, more than ever, I want to spread more love. It’s hard to open yourself up. To consider others needs–even if it’s something as simple as opening the door for someone or smiling at them. To stop a gut reaction to snap when that response has nothing to do with the other person. Let’s all try and send out more love.

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Basic House II

 

Basic House II by Martin Azua is a habitable space that’s foldable, inflatable, and reversible. The experimental prototype is constructed out of polyester and is currently part of MOMA’s collection in New York. This almost immaterial house self-inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun, it protects from the cold one way and from the heat when reversed.

 

 

 

 

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Feel Good Gifts

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This time of year one tends to start thinking of what they could’ve done better, where they could’ve done more. The good news is that it’s never too late to challenge yourself to up the ante, and that means choosing fantastic gifts to give this holiday that do double-duty. Ones that give back and mean a little something extra to the giver, the receiver, and the company you’re buying from.

Thrive Market Membership. Great deals on organic and non-GMO foods, and for each year-long membership sold Thrive donates a membership to a low-income family.

The Bee Cause Project Honey. For every online purchase of BeeCause Honey, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to one of the school hive projects sponsored by The Bee Cause.

Three Avocados Coffee Subscription. They’ll send 100% of the profits towards clean drinking water projects in Uganda.

The Basket Room. This purchase directly supports the weavers to increase their livelihoods and become less dependent on self-sufficiency farming. Each basket comes with a thank you card from the cooperative who made your basket.

Enrou. Meaning en route – or on the way – to a better world. All of their home goods and gifts are selected for their beauty, quality, and ability to provide opportunity to artisans from around the world.

 

The Little Market

The Little Market. An online fair trade shop working through cooperatives and social enterprises, The Little Market’s artisan partners improve the quality of life in their communities in a number of ways, including literacy workshops, business training, and health programs.

31 Bits. This jewelry shop creates dignified work opportunities for artisans worldwide while providing customers with a place to purchase fairly made products. Fair pay, sustainable wages, safe working conditions, and a family-like atmosphere make all the difference.

The Giving Keys. It started with a hotel room key worn as a necklace and continues by helping those who have been affected by homelessness.

Causebox. A quarterly subscription box that features brands and items dedicated to doing good all over the world. Many featured brands donate a portion of proceeds to charities and/or may employ local artisans, use ethically-sourced goods, and more.

 

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PupJoy. For your pups, PupJoy donates $2 from every box to BISSELL Pet Foundation, which assists animal welfare organizations providing resources to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping, and foster care. They also support small business manufacturers when sourcing their products, and all of their treats are made in the U.S.

Obakki. This shop creates classic and refined styles for the modern woman while The Obakki Foundation, Obakki’s philanthropic counterpart, focuses on providing clean water and education in Africa. Obakki absorbs all administrative fees for the charity, allowing 100% of the Obakki Foundation’s public donations to go directly to its charitable initiatives.

Especially Puglia. Adopt a hundreds-years-old Puglian olive tree for one year and support the farmers and producers who keep traditional harvest and production methods alive. Comes with a 3-liter can of extra-virgin olive oil plus a ceramic cruet to serve it from, an adoption certificate, and three additional bottles of oil, one every three months.

Vinfluence Wine Subscription. Choose 3 or 6 months, each box contains three wines from a boutique winery and for every bottle they ship $1 is donated to City Harvest, Sustainable Harvest International, or Fiver Children’s Foundation.

Other ideas:
Newspaper or magazine subscriptions – support free press!
Passes to local museums/attractions – keep it local!
Donations to food pantries or a homeless shelter

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Shop to Stop Diabetes

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It’s been awhile, but about two and a half years ago I shared with you that I’d been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This past May my numbers finally leveled out where they need to be which was fantastic news, and it felt like something to be celebrated because a lot of hard work and self-control went into getting there. Since that first day I’ve become well-versed in not only the disease but in the ways to support a cure. Hopefully the world will see one in my lifetime, and that hope is owed in no small part to the American Diabetes Association.

This holiday season I’m teaming up with the ADA and their Gift of Hope program, an annual holiday gift catalog whose funds go to support their mission to fund research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes. The program began in 1971 when several Minneapolis area parents of children with diabetes wanted to do something to fight back against the disease. They started selling holiday cards to raise money and since then the program has raised more than $26 million. No small feat!

There are lots of lovely gifts to choose from – I have my eye on this tote, a portable picnic blanket, this all-natural cookbook, and these plaid dish towels for the holidays. The Believe decoration above is getting wrapped up for my aunt who loves Christmas more than any other holiday!

This post sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Please consider shopping with Gift of Hope this holiday season. It’s a cause near and dear to my heart that affects me directly, thank you for supporting the brands that support Design Crush!

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Happy Weekend

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1/ Shower to the People, a mobile unit that provides free showers to St. Louis’ homeless
2/ Japan’s Ghostbusters-inspired marshmallow burger
3/ Beautiful tooled leather bike saddles
4/ Paris’ first floating hotel
5/ Bit Leaves: square flowers and plants by Baku Maeda
6/ The lunar cycle displayed through 15,000 colorful origami birds
7/ Vibrant, realistic frescoes painted over old building facades
8/ Charming cut paper silhouettes transform famous U.S. landmarks
9/ How to give a car a wicked paint job using gravity
10/ Sweet Dreams
11/ This musician tattoos the names of suicide survivors among his fans
12/ Greenlid compostable compost bin

 

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1/ Alexandria Coe
2/ Print Edition: September 2016
3/ Lisa Sofield
4/ Nick Pena
5/ Oxford Pennant
6/ Thomas Mailaender’s Illustrated People
7/ 12 places to find great bedding
8/ Where to Eat Pizza
9/ The world of Whirlpool

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Happy Weekend

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1/Edward Hopper’s paintings are brought to life by film director Gustav Deutsch.  2/Ralph Graf documents the emptiness of abandoned houses and military bases.  3/In Pizza Hunt friends travel the world taking photos of old Pizza Huts.  4/Laura Zalenga creates dreamscapes inspired by the Brothers Grimm.  5/Lee Stewart‘s minimal tattoo style mimics brushstrokes.  6/Haruka Misawa‘s 3D printed waterscape aquariums.  7/Molekule, the molecular air purifier.  8/A wheelchair that might actually change lives.  9/Truck-A-Float, a hotel in Rockaway.  10/Vivid Sydney cloaks the city is a display of vibrant lights.

 

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1/Angel Oloshove  2/Cecile van Hanja  3/12 July DIYs  4/Katy Ann Gilmore  5/Nicole Tijoux  6/My 3 Cats + Helping Purina Help Cats in Need  7/Su-Jeong NAM  8/4 Manicures I Might Actually Try

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My 3 Cats + Helping Purina Help Cats in Need

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Roxy, age 16

If you’ve been reading Design Crush for any length of time, you probably know that along with having a love for art and design I’m a huge advocate for animals. My five pets are my family and they all have a six week old kitten to thank for it.

At the start of my sophomore year of college I was struggling to find my place and fighting off depression. Attending a school with a huge Greek system that I didn’t want to be part of meant lots of evenings spent in my first apartment with nothing to do besides study or watch TV. (It was just as exciting as it sounds.) About six weeks in my Mom’s neighbors brought two tiny kittens back from their family’s farm in Arkansas, two because one was the runt and they wanted to have a backup plan should the he not make it. He – Ghost – thrived, and they asked my Mom if I might be interested in adopting the other orange and white kitten. I didn’t have pets growing up (aside from fish, a turtle, hermit crabs, and an albino frog) and hadn’t spent much time around cats, but I jumped at the chance to have a companion.

That kitten is about to turn 17 years old next month, and has lived in four different states and countless apartments and houses by my side. Her sass and stereotypical cat-ittude never fail to make me smile and laugh.

 

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Peanut, age 16

A little over a year later we added a second kitten to our family because I never wanted Roxy to be lonely when I wasn’t home. Peanut came along by way of Roxy’s vet, he’d been abandoned in a parking lot inside a covered litter box that had been taped shut. A few weeks of rehab at the vet’s office later and I brought him home, both of us crying the entire car ride. After a cursory walk around his new house, Peanut jumped into an armchair and promptly fell asleep. We both knew he was home. He’s by far my most mischievous furball as well as the only boy in our clan, but he’s also my teddybear.

 

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Rainey, age 3

Some people talk about unexpected pregnancies bringing an extra kid into their lives, I got an unexpected cat instead. After the 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma I fostered two litters – eight kittens in all. One litter of five was all but immediately adopted by friends and family, while the other initially tested FIV positive (as is possible from umbilical blood) and were taking longer to find their homes. A few months later they retested negative and the two boys in the group of three went to their forever homes. Rainey was the last (wo)man standing and acted like she’d just won Survivor or The Hunger Games, and in a way she had. I adopted her after making sure she got along well enough with everyone else and am so happy I did. Rainey is easily the most affectionate of my three cats, climbing onto my lap to cuddle every evening like clockwork.

 

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Because my cats are like family I want to feed them just as well. This year Purina Cat Chow is focused on delivering great nutrition to cats in the care of animal welfare organizations with its Nutrition to Build Better Lives program, ensuring they’re healthy and ready for their forever homes. During the month of July for every bag of Purina Cat Chow you purchase a meal will be donated to a cat in need (up to 5 million meals!) through Rescue Bank. Rescue Bank is a non-profit organization that operates on a national food bank model to collect and distribute high-quality pet food and supplies to pre-qualified animal welfare organizations throughout the U.S. These organizations are then able to use the savings from their food budgets for critical veterinary care to increase the adoption of healthy pets. Please support shelter cats by buying a bag of Purina Cat Chow now through July 31. Roxy, Peanut, Rainey, and I all thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Visit some of my fellow bloggers to see how they appreciate their cats: Someday I’ll LearnSweep TightDream Green DIYHoosier HomemadeBe Brave Keep GoingMelissa DellThrill of the ChasesThe Funny Mom BlogMaking it all WorkMy Crafty LifeAdventures of 8Saavy Saving CoupleHome Making HacksEat Move MakeIdle Hands AwakeShrimp Salad CircusDesign CrushSweet NicksChaotically CreativeSmockity FrocksPolka Dotted Blue Jay and Ellis and Page

This post sponsored by Purina Cat Chow. Since 2013, Purina Cat Chow has supported animal shelters across the country and has donated more than $845,000 in food, supplies, and renovations to advance the rescue, nutrition, and adoption of cats in shelters. While I received compensation, all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content! 

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Krochet Kids intl. + a Giveaway

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I’ve been a big fan of Krochet Kids intl. – both their products and their mission – for some time now, so when they reached out to work together it was a fantastic fit. If you’re not familiar, they’re a non-profit apparel brand empowering women in developing nations to rise above poverty.

 

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Every one of their products is first designed in California and then created in Uganda or Peru by the women Krochet Kids intl. employ, as well as provide mentorship and education for. Each piece is actually hand-signed by the woman who made it. You can even go further by looking her up on the Krochet Kids intl. site and leaving a message! I love these sorts of details that make it about the person behind the product. It doesn’t hurt that their goods are on trend and perfect for summer either.

 

 

Krochet Kids intl. wants to give one of you $150 to put towards some new threads! Enter below and be sure to check out their full line for some incredible pieces that look good and do good, here are a few of my favorites.

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the Agatha // Erin tank // the Serena // Stade baseball tee

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