Making Art and Making a Difference
I love making art. It’s my passion and my joy. It’s what I do in my spare time and what I think about quite a bit when I’m not able to actually create. I also think a lot about the problems in the world and spend at least 5 to 20 minutes a day as an armchair activist weeding through, signing and sharing petitions which I believe in and feel can make a positive difference for the planet.
Until yesterday, my activism and my art were two separate things. Then I woke up yesterday morning and read a blog post entitled “What Wakes Me Up at Night.” To be honest, many things wake me up at night…the state of the environment, inequities amongst people, crimes against humanity and sometimes I wake up to think about art. The blog I read yesterday was actually a story about a man who was obsessed with selling t-shirts and how he finally achieved his goal and earned over $100,000 in five months selling on teespring.com.
It was enough to pique my interest and after a bit of research, I was able to intersect my art with my activism by creating t-shirts for causes I (and my friends) care about.
Here’s my first tee, supporting the Jane Goodall Institute and I’m excited to say that I’ve had a couple of sales already to start the campaign. But more than that, I am beyond excited to have found a way to combine two seemingly disconnected parts of my life in a way which supports each of them AND HELPS SUPPORT ISSUES I CARE ABOUT. This is especially awesome for me because it’s been a few years since I’ve been able to monetarily help these organizations and so this just makes me feel so good!!!
Plus, it has the added benefit of really motivating me to create art which supports my favorite charities! I’m on fire with ideas!!!!!
So far, it’s the monkeys, butterflies and birds I’ve focused on and I’m having a blast!!! My hope is that my enthusiasm over combining art and activism will help create change and make a difference. That’s one scenario, which sounds like it ensures a peaceful night’s sleep. :)