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Focus Poster

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Writer and journalist Courtney Martin and I have a long history of sitting around, drinking coffee (or something stronger) and freaking out about the state of the world. Maybe you have convos like these, too? Often they go to all sorts of dark places, but then! We almost always land on the hopeful note that it still matters so much that people make art - the more dire, the more necessary the art making. What is art if not questioning what is, and imagining what’s possible?

A while back, when times seemed especially dark, we decided to try to capture that sentiment in a poster. We created it together, then brought in local letterpress printer, James Lang, to print hundreds of broadside posters. We distributed them across the country by mail. They were hung in windows, classrooms and street corners. We also made it possible for people to order them online. All proceeds from the initial sale of the digital prints went to benefit the women’s writers residency Hedgebrook. Ongoing sales fund an ongoing micro-grant program supporting artist’s social practice projects.

Purchase one here.