Published on January 19th, 2009 | by Kelly Rand3
Obama Nation in Arts and Crafts
Tomorrow in the U.S. is the eventful day where our president-elect becomes our 44th president. Being lucky enough to live in Washington, D.C. I plan on braving the crowds and the cold to participate in history.
Art has played a huge role in the president-elect’s campaign. You only have to look at Shepard Fairey’s now ubiquitous Hope poster to see the affect. Political art and craft is just one way to stump for a cause, or show support for a president-elect.
Obama paraphernalia has been popping up all over the city. It is mostly cheap t-shirts and buttons and pins with the likeness of Obama and his family. But, I happened across this great “That’s my DJ” t-shirt. It is hand printed and designed by Sound College.
In a recent pop up gallery exhibit titled Manifest Hope, artist Tina Rodas created hi tree made from fabric and cotton. It is large and lush plush sculpture that evokes growth, change, hope and the need to look after the environment. It is a great example of handmade political art.
And a quick search through Etsy shows a plethora of Obama themed items as well as this great shirt with a message by WeHeartObama. It asks our future president to “turn is around” and promote environmental stewardship.
Have you seen any great political art or craft? Let us know!
[Image from Shine Collective website]