We've been getting ready all week, a tireless, inspired, inspiring group of people: artists, organizers, volunteers, who all hold the same mindset. Since Monday, countless hours have been dedicated to painting images of strength and hope. The images, painted with acrylics onto the nylon of the parachutes, were designed by twelve female artists onto twelve twenty-five foot parachutes. They will be carried along the marching route sending messages skyward of hope, change and equality. While these pieces convey a powerful message there is, in some cases, an even greater more underlying meaning in these works, meanings inspired by the artist's personal life experiences. Stay tuned, I'll be posting a short video documenting the project and sharing some of the stories behind the paintings.
Be safe and smart out there you guys. We've got a big day ahead of us, so rest up today, turn off the news and take a breath or two. We've got this.
And p.s? If you're a boy, please don't think this march is an us vs. you kind of thing. To me, this march is about equality and respect for one another and giving each other the benefit of the doubt.
p.p.s? This is all just my take on it. For a more in depth idea of what this march is really about, visit the Women's March's official website. And if you're marching be safe, aware of your surroundings and don't let the haters rile you concentrate on the message of the march. Help send a message that isn't ruined by whatever uproar or violent act to capture the attention away from the fact that we're serious and want our message taken seriously and we are proclaiming it to the skies with the help of beautiful pieces of artwork inspired by utterly awe-inspiring women.
BSc in Biology & Environmental Studies (WWC)
MSc. in Journalism (UOregon)
You can find my published work in Eugene Weekly, Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife.