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Recently I was asked why I put a safety pin on my characters. The reason I do is because of a movement that began back in November.  The Safety Pin movement was born out of fear during our unpresidential election of 2016.  During that time, people began placing safety pins on their clothing to show that they stand in solidarity with minority groups who were living in fear and facing unspeakable hatred.   A simple safety pin placed on a shirt, sweater, coat, etc. represented support and safety.  It wasn’t fancy – it didn’t scream any political affiliation with bold chunky graphic text slapped on a round button.  I liked the simple concept of this movement and wanted my art work to represent inclusion and safety.  In my mind, placing a safety pin on my characters simply declared them as safe. When I sit down to design a new character, I literally spend hours working on the details of that sweet character.  When she’s complete, I truly feel a heart connection to my new creation.  I think it’s important that art carries a message.  My hope is that the subtle details in my work allows the receiver to pause and consider deeper questions within. The deeper question for me is always along the line of connection, support, and unity.  I guess If we could just see beyond ourselves, we just might see our neighbor and realize that they have been there all along…. sadly, we just didn’t take the time to notice.  I’m not naive, I know that a safety pin won’t bring about world peace… BUT placing a safety pin on a sweater is a small gesture that I can make happen in my studio… and it IS making an impact…  It IS starting the conversation…

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