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$1,193
pledged of $2,600pledged of $2,600 goal
37
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 19 2015 4:03 PM UTC +00:00

About

More than anything, I am a drawer. While I like drawing some things a bit more than others, I pretty much like drawing everything. I often draw from found vintage photographs, including any stamped numbers or notes written on the backs. I like drawing letters, words, fake forms and other people’s handwriting. To be clear, I’ve been a working as a freelance illustrator for just over 10 years, and an exhibiting artist for longer than that, so these are things I do both for myself, and for others.

The My Oppression Card Project (that I will refer to in short as TMOCP) is a first step towards using the simplest version of my skillset (drawing, design, and print production) for something that can help people other than however the experience of art helps people. The intent of TMOCP is to be an easy and beautifully designed tool to help deal with microaggressions.

The text of the card was written by Sarah Doherty. I did the lettering and design.

The Front of the card reads: "I AM PLAYING MY OPPRESSION CARD" and the back: "Fuck your racist - sexist - heterosexist - cissexist - classist - anti-fat - Christian-centric - audist - ableist - ageist NONSENSE.”

In 2014 I did a small print run of 500 cards, and now I’d like to make the cards widely available by printing 5,000 (or more, depending on how much money is raised by this campaign). The only thing that’s been changed from the first card design is a corrected spelling error where I’d put “ABELISM” instead of “ABLEISM.”

Packs of 10 cards.
Packs of 10 cards.

A LITTLE BACKSTORY: Sarah and I attended Cornell University, where we were both in an anti-oppression drama troupe called “Ordinary People” that developed and performed skits and monologues about issues of oppression.

Since college Sarah has been working in racially, ethnically and economically diverse queer, fat, fat queer, and disability communities, and I’ve been working as an illustrator, gallery artist, amateur publisher. While we work in different spheres, we share a common starting point in learning how to think about oppression and marginalization broadly, using confrontation, art, and oblique education to resist oppression.

Box sets of 25 cards.
Box sets of 25 cards.

TMOCP cards will be printed by Moo, on their Luxe business card stock. The goal amount represents what it will cost to have 5,000 cards printed, get 200 boxes for the box sets and ship out the rewards. If this campaign raises more than the goal amount, enough to have more cards printed, I will do so (for example, with $3,500 I’d be able to get 8000 cards made).

Once the cards are printed, and the rewards are sent out, the remaining cards will be made available, either on their own website, or through my etsy shop, for just the cost of shipping (for boxes of 25 cards, refill packs of 10 and 25). A digital/downloadable PDF version will be made available as well, for those who want to make a large quantity, or for those who would rather make the cards themselves.

I know there are more My Oppression Card designs waiting to be made. If you have ideas for a card that would make fighting oppression easier, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

All proceeds from this project will go to TMOCP, whether for printing, packaging, or shipping.

Thanks for your support,

Lauren Simkin Berke

p.s. If you'd like to contact me please do so through Kickstarter's message system.

“I’m delighted that all of Lauren’s work has led to the creation of these cards as a physical object that we can use or just hold and look at as a reminder that oppressions are real and our anger at the status quo, the kyriarchy, is valid. It’s too easy for the daily toll of living in an oppressive society to grind us down. In 2014 I was living in Portland, OR, and there was a fat community event that was about group joy and embodiment—exciting, right? Events like that are too rare in the world of this fat white crip cis dyke, so they are precious and amazing when people get together to make joyful community space happen. A significant part of it was scheduled to be held in a venue that was inaccessible to many disabled fat people. Asking for alternative space, for creative alternative collaboration, or for any kind of accountability was met with defensiveness and requests for free logistical labor (of providing access) and emotional labor (of explaining and forgiving the inaccessibility) and all the joy of the event was gone. For me. The event went on as scheduled. Lauren made the card in the midst of a conversation with real comrades in the struggle to survive and overturn oppressive structures, acknowledgement of pain and the draining nature of ableism, and it’s been the source of countless fascinating conversations, squeals of delight, and knowing smiles since they landed in my hands.

Oppression hurts—it’s exhausting to be hit day after day with actions, attitudes, and structures that invalidate our experiences. It’s disheartening to be faced with reminders that the people around us don’t think we’re as human as they are. And while it’s important for those of us with privilege and power to work with people like us to share what we learn about how oppression works and how to resist the structures that privilege us, those of us on the down side of power are asked to do that work to justify our existence every day. For those moments, these cards are a tool. Not the only tool—sometimes we do explain things with softness and patience, sometimes we turn up our noses and walk away with as much dignity as we can muster, and sometimes we have to swallow rage. It’s not always safe to say “fuck you” to someone who’s got power over us, and that’s not everyone’s style. But even in moments when I have swallowed rage, I’ve felt immensely better, being able to put a hand in my pocket and know that these cards, an expression of rage and also evidence of love, are real, and remember that it’s ok to be upset by oppression. It’s been fantastic to be able to offer the first-draft cards to friends and colleagues as teaching tools and gifts of solidarity, too, and they have been useful in expanding conversations about one kind of oppression to make connections and understand intersections with multiple kinds of oppression. And among other activists, it’s been great to offer these cards and talk about the range of tactics we use to make change. So I hope that, if you think these cards could be useful in your life, you’ll consider backing this kickstarter and taking advantage of Lauren’s incredible artwork. Either way, thanks for checking out the My Oppression Card Project!”

 – Sarah Doherty

Limited edition print ($125 reward).
Limited edition print ($125 reward).
Drawing of the card typography ($175 reward).
Drawing of the card typography ($175 reward).
Drawing roulette wheel and sample drawing ($75 reward).
Drawing roulette wheel and sample drawing ($75 reward).
Tote bag ($150 reward).
Tote bag ($150 reward).

Risks and challenges

I'm doing most of the work for this myself, except for the actual printing of the cards. The only reason I can foresee not being able to fulfill rewards in a timely manner is if I end up getting tremendously sick or injured. Cross your fingers that that doesn't happen. If illness, injury or an unforeseeable obstacle arises, I will keep backers fully informed and provide revised reward delivery estimates as soon as I am able.

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    You will receive a DIY pdf version of the cards, along with a personalized digital thank you card, both via email.

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    Get an small original DRAWING ROULETTE* drawing, and a box set of 25 cards.

    * The DRAWING ROULETTE board has two wheels, one for the subject and the other for a silly idea. I will spin the wheels to decide the subject of your drawing. See photo at bottom of the project page to see the board and a sample drawing (Alligator in Bathing Suit).

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    Get a digital fine art print of drawn typography from the cards, on Canson Edition Etching Rag paper (8.5" x 11"), and a set of 10 cards.

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    Get a tote bag with hand drawn recreation of typography from the back side of the cards, a set of 10 hand drawn 1.25" pin-back buttons, and a box set of 25 cards.

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    Get an original drawing of the typography from the cards, with composition the same as the limited print, but a hand drawn version, on Zerkall Frankfurt paper (7.5" x 10.5"), and a set of 10 cards.

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- (30 days)