Drawing on the history of screen printing as a fast, accessible, and inexpensive medium of political resistance, Print/Resist/Project seeks to amplify the voices of marginalized communities through printed matter, produced at live events and workshops. Education is integral to the success of this project, as it will allow participants to take away new skills and continue producing and disseminating printed messaging moving forward.
A primary source of inspiration for this initiative is the work of Sister Corita Kent, who engaged her community in screen printing workshops as a means to reflect on society, spirituality, and politics. Importantly, Sister Corita developed a unique, heavily typographic aesthetic, producing some of the most memorable works of the pop art movement of the 1960s. Sister Corita knew that compelling design and arresting typography were essential to creating high-impact printed messaging, and she developed a teaching philosophy to reflect the hard-working ideals of her own practice.
Similarly, education and design thinking plays an important role within the scope of Print/Resist/Project. To this end, I draw on my work as a visiting artist at Perpich Center for Arts Education, an arts immersion high school in Minneapolis, MN. This experience has inspired me to create small design education modules, meant to be digestible and effective within a single- or multi-day workshop format.
Over the course of developing this project, I have started working with Bushwick Print Lab, leveraging their expertise and, potentially, their physical space to conduct workshops. I have also established a screen printing “mobile unit” that I can bring into communities and public spaces for printing events. By teaching rudimentary design and printing skills, this project will empower people with historically unheard or marginalized voices to elevate and disseminate their own messages and engage in political resistance.