(Wow! While we’ve been focused here at LIA on the 2015 legislative session, here’s a reminder that 2016 is just around the corner. – promoted by countrycat)
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently announced that he'll run for President as a Democrat and raised $1.5 million in the first 24 hours, from 35,000 donors who gave an average of $43.54 each. The campaign also said that over 100,000 people had registered at the site.
As soon as Sanders announced his candidacy for President, I knew I wanted a T-shirt with a handmade, Woody Guthrie, populist vibe. Since I couldn’t find one, I started designing my own hand-drawn “Bernie Sanders” clip art and ironing it on to shirts and tote bags I already had. Friends in Alabama and Vermont are responding well to the designs, which are cheap to produce in small, family-sized batches, and which evoke a downhome, do-it-yourself aesthetic. So I put them on Facebook at a page titled “Free Original Clip Art for Bernie Sanders Supporters.”
I wanted something with a homemade, folk art feel that every day people could use to make their own posters, shirts and tote bags. This way, people who don’t feel they have $25 to spend on a T-shirt can still participate in promoting Bernie Sanders as a candidate for President. These simple black and white images are easy to find and download. Since do-it-yourself transfer materials vary, it is important to read the directions before you start!
Since you do it yourself, elements can be cut apart and arranged according to each person’s preference. These images are designed to be shrunken or enlarged within reason, downloaded, printed onto regular paper (for posters or handbills) or transfer paper (available at places with office, craft or sewing supplies,and online), cut apart, rearranged and ironed-on in customized designs. They include the web address to send donations to Bernie’s national campaign.
See how versatile the mix-and-match elements can be?
Friends from Left in Alabama came over Saturday night and we made several T shirts and tote bags. Let our efforts inspire you to make your own! Watch for new designs that are on the way. Go through your old clothes to see what you might refresh into wearable campaign art. If you would like to make your own iron-on transfers, check out the Facebook page Free Original Clip Art for Bernie Sanders Supporters. You can buy t-shirt transfer material online. Most local craft/department stores have them too.
Jane DeNeefe of Huntsville, Alabama, an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders for President, is author of Rocket City Rock and Soul: Huntsville Musicians Remember the 1960s and an occasional contributor to Left in Alabama.