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.

One thing that has taken hold throughout this historic campaign is the slow rise of political art. Remember the McCain earrings and all the amazing DIY that was found at the DNC?

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]

Written by Kelly Rand

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting.

Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.


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  1. hi there! thanks for including me in your blog post, i just stumbled on it, the big tree is mr. giant giant giant sequoia and he was made with wool felt 🙂

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