BRICK x BRICK is an effort to build the 2016 women’s vote against Donald Trump. We use his divisive language of constructing walls and blocking people out and subvert it in an effort to build female unity and assert our voice and place in public sphere.
- Disgusting animal
- There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.
- Must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.
- I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her
- A person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.
- As long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass ...
These ARE words coming out of an actual presidential candidate. He may currently be down in the polls, but let’s not get complacent. Most of us didn’t think he’d make it this far. The most powerful force blocking him from the oval office is the WOMEN'S VOTE.
Funding this project will pay for the making of brick-patterned jumpsuits for cohorts of women to wear and build a human wall against misogyny and Trump’s presidency. An important aspect of the BRICK x BRICK design are colorful brick patches, to be applied to the jumpsuits, bearing Trumps sexist comments so we keep this language as inspiration at the forefront of our fight.
Moving beyond protest, we are taking action. BRICK x BRICK participants will wear their suits and travel to swing states to register people to vote, particularly millennial women whose votes have been low but are crucial to our fight. Time is of the essence, so we must move quickly. Mid-October is the cut off day in many states for registering to vote. After voter registration deadlines have passed, we will continue to campaign up until election day.
The jumpsuit designs are complete and we will launch into production as our Kickstarter funds are being raised. Our budget will allow us to produce 200 suits and 900 patches. 175 suits and 825 patches will be prepared as kits and distributed to volunteer partners engaged in swing state voter registration efforts. We will also have a limited amount of individual suits available for individual purchase at BRICKxBRICK.org. However, we will increase our production numbers and impact if we fundraise beyond our goal.
The BRICK x BRICK team is a made up of a distinguished group of creative professionals.
Sarah Sandman (Creator/Producer) is a TED Fellow and co-director of the Brooklyn-based design studio Public Displays of Affection. Her work uses design to create social experiences that bring people together, such as her Gift Cycle project, in which she helped neighboring communities exchange gifts of art. Sandman's project, Hostos Hands Up, was a collaboration with Hostos Community College's Black Studies program in which they designed protest signs for the NYC Millions March. Their work was displayed at Smack Mellon's Respond exhibit and featured in the New York Times. Bike Write was a community bike ride in Providence, RI, spelling "Yes We Can" via the route through the city in support of Barack Obama.
Andrea Lauer (Jumpsuit/Patch Designer) is an award-winning costume designer and artist as well as the founder of Risen From The Thread. She has technical expertise in sensors, electronics and material science, that she uses for wearable product design and experiential art installations. Recent credits include Broadway’s Bring It On, American Idiot (Broadway and touring productions), Brooklynite, What’s It’s All About, Murder for Two, STREB’s: Forces and the London Cultural Olympics, in addition to several other theatrical, dance, and opera productions in New York City and Internationally. Also working as a stylist for various artists, commercials, and publications, her work can be seen in Rolling Stone, Vogue, Interview, OUT Magazine, The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, red carpet events, and music videos.
Kyra D. Gaunt (Creative Strategist) is a TED Fellow and singer-songwriter versed in classical music, jazz and R&B songwriting, an adjunct associate professor of ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology and sociology and as a social media expert. Gaunt is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Baruch College and Hunter College at the City University of New York. She as a black feminist ethnomusicologist specializing in the study and performance of musical blackness and digital ethnography on YouTube. Her next book is a digital ethnography of black girls’ twerking and music-related videos on YouTube. This digital work expands on her previous scholarshipThe Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop, which won the Alan Merriam Prize for the most outstanding English-speaking monograph awarded by the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) in 2007.
Joey Foster Ellis (Producer/Strategist) is an artist and TED Fellow living in Kathmandu. He has received several site-specific commissions, including Greenpeace, Bank of America, Chevron and Manulife and his work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek. Ellis was selected by The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum as one of 40 Under 40, a major exhibition highlighting the work of forty artists born since 1972.
Donate whatever you can...even $5 helps! Also please help SPREAD THE WORD! Interested in organizing a wall with a group of friends? Heck Yeah! We'd send you a kit of jumpsuits and patches to make it happen! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge of this project is the rapid timeline. Originally we tried to source our jumpsuits 100% USA made, but the costs were too prohibitive to achieve the numbers we need to make an impact. Joey Foster Ellis, an artist and TED Fellow living in Nepal, has built a relationship for our project with a mom and pop production shop, Cilamana, in his home of Kathmandu. Cilimana has good working conditions for its employees. They best part is, our Nepali production team has been able to express their shared disdain for Donald Trump.
We have already received a sample created Nepal which has been adjusted by our costume designer, Andrea Lauer, and sent back to their team for design enhancement and alterations. In regard to the production of the 200 suits, we need to move fast and receive them back by the first week of October to meet voter registration deadlines in Ohio and Pennsylvania (October 11th). Therefore, we have to start making in the suits simultaneous to fundraising.
If for some unfortunate reason we don't make our voter registration deadlines, we will continue to move forward with demonstrations and get-out-the-vote efforts as soon as the jumpsuits arrive.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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