radical art/work: meet graphic designer + We The Postcard creator Brooke Forry


Welcome to our latest edition of radical art/work!

May is finally HERE; life is all peonies and gardens and tick-warnings, so spring feels like it's finally turned a corner. (Snowpants: there's no going back, my friends.) The newfound sun is just enough to pull me away from my Mueller-focused Twitter feed and out onto the hiking trails.

Between Kanye and the #WHCD, this week's news onslaught just keeps churning. I think most of us who despair about the current state of the government also feel pretty powerless to change it. I know I do.

The sometimes-disenchanting reality is, I'm not an elected official or a lobbyist or anything else that feels remotely influential; I'm just a pissed-off lady who wakes up everyday and reads the news and practices (and fails, and practices again) having compassion for Paul Ryan and Sean Hannity and the NRA and tries not to let that political anger spill over too much into the rest of my life. How much can I really do to change things, other than tritely sending a clear, peaceful heart/mind out into the world?

But now and then someone reminds me that we can all do what we can, where we are, using what we've got — whether that's in Washington, DC or Wahoo, Nebraska.

So today I'm delighted to introduce you to an artist who's found a wonderful way to use her unique gifts to add something tangible to the #Resistance.

Meet Brooke Forry.

Last year, Brooke and her graphic design colleagues over at Curious and Co. created a set of patriotic postcards called We The Postcard to make it easy to contact your representatives and tell them what's going on is effed up and you're not going to stand for it.

Not only are the postcards clever and smart, they're also really damn beautiful. Even better, Brooke and her colleagues donate 50% of the proceeds to progressive non-profits. LOVE.

What a perfect example of someone who's channeled her artistic skillset and her political passion into a project that really gets sh*t done. 

Read on for more.




Name:
Brooke Forry

What's your medium? 
Graphic design

What's your latest project? 
In February 2017, feeling frustrated with the state of our country and its political climate, my Curious & Co. business partners and I launched a passion project called We the Postcard, a line of patriotic postcards created to encourage Americans to reach out to elected representatives and take an active part in our government. There are 10 designs, sold in 10-packs of individual designs or a Melting Pot Variety Pack that features one of each design. Each pack includes a brief guide on how to write to representatives, since it can feel a bit intimidating and daunting. We donate 50% of the proceeds to three organizations we care about: ACLU, NRDC, and Americans for the Arts.

Who's your target audience? 
Anyone who feels dismayed at the current state of our nation and its government, and wants to make a difference. Activism doesn’t have to be complicated; small gestures and efforts can add up and go a long way, so sending postcards is a great way to begin.

Three key words that shape your art/work: 
Color
Typography
Impact

Who or what introduced you to this medium? 
I grew up in an artistic environment with a mother who was an elementary art teacher, so pursuing a career in the arts was just something I always knew I would do. I discovered how much I enjoyed graphic design when I was on the yearbook staff in high school, and channeled that into a Visual Communications: Graphic Design major in college.

Where do you live and how does your home town/region affect your art/work? 
I live in the delightful little town of Media, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. It is America’s First Fair Trade town, with independently owned boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops; weekend street fairs and art exhibits; a Free Store and annual free market; music festivals and summertime outdoor dining in the street; and most importantly, a lot of consciously aware and politically active families who want to make our world better for our children. Living here has helped me feel more empowered and driven to be the change I wish to see in the world.

Public or private school education? 
Public

Three books that changed your life: 
Books that helped to shape me, featuring driven, compassionate, thoughtful young women:
Little Women
Anne of Green Gables
The Diary of Anne Frank

Three artists you admire: 
Lisa Congdon
Justina Blakeney
Louise Fili

Three causes you're passionate about:
Arts education and access for all
Common sense gun reform
Social justice

Three teachers who taught you something important: 
1. Cindy (Dannaker) Armitage - my 9th grade English teacher who taught me new ways to look at and cultivate creativity; she also appreciated and nurtured my ‘old soul’
2. Linda Ardao - my high school advisor for Peer Facilitators (a wonderful extracurricular group) who taught me how to weave compassion and kindness into everything I do
3. Fredérique Irwin, Kimberly Berger, and Galia Gichon - three amazing women of Her Corner who, in the last year, have taught me so much about business ownership and growth, and have empowered me as a woman business owner

Virginia Woolf famously said a woman writer needs a room of her own. What do you need to create your art? Any non-negotiables?
Good music and a tidy work surface

One thing that pisses you off: 
People who have a complete lack of empathy for others, and an unwillingness to accept that racism and gender discrimination still exist in our society

Shittiest job you've ever had: 
Babysitting a very spoiled child

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self? 
Stop stifling your creativity by immediately stressing out about every assignment; enjoy the journey of creative exploration and know that that is far more important than the end result.

Secret pop culture crush: 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Biggest challenge of your art/work? 
Staying inspired and innovative while also taking care of two small humans who require a lot of love, snacks, snuggles, and attention.

In five years, what does your art/work look like? 
In addition to continuing to help business owners reach their target customers and find success through strong visual branding, I hope we also continue to pursue passion projects like (and beyond) We the Postcard that contribute to social change.

Website and social media links where we can follow you and learn more about your art/work?
Curious & Co.: 
http://www.curiousandcompany.com
www.instagram.com/curiousandco
https://www.facebook.com/curiousandco

We the Postcard and other products: 
http://www.curiousandcompany.com/shop/
www.instagram.com/wethepostcard
https://www.facebook.com/wethepostcard






Fabulous, right? Order yours and send them along today. 

I'm grateful to have two progressive Senators here in Massachusetts (Warren and Markey — yeah, baby!), but I still follow hometown Nebraska politics, and whoo Nellie, could I stand to send a few pointed postcards Ben and Deb's way.

Friends: have faith. Sh*t's gonna change. Those spring blossoms don't lie. 

So keep putting one foot in front of the other, leave your phone at home for an hour or two while you get outside, and figure out what you can do with your one little life and its big gifts.

Excited to share a few other talented hell-raisers with you in the weeks to come. (As always, feel free to send your favorites my way. Gotta lift each other up in doing the good/hard work of being alive.)

Love,
R


Rachel Meyer is a Boston-based writer and yoga teacher. Her work has appeared in The
Washington Post, On Being, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Yoga International, HuffPost, and more. You can find her at www.rachelmeyeryoga.com or @rachelmeyeryoga.

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