Press For Change

Is it just me, or are all my favorite makers suddenly at the tippy top of their games? Maybe I have a touch of cabin fever, but I find myself absolutely stunned, over and over again, seeing new designs that seem to hone in on what I’m feeling before I’m truly aware of it myself!

Yesterday I shared the big reveal of an exquisite design from Girl w/Knife in my IG feed. This beauty is only available for preorder now, so unfortunately you’ll just have to sit tight for a bit before getting in your hands. Shown in Midnight, you can find it here.

To me, Elicia’s work exudes a quintessential Southern California edgy cool, but now let’s head North to see what Egg Press has been up to. This Portland ‘presser just released Press For Change, and it’s got an entirely different but equally compelling vibe. This greeting card collection helps give voice to artists of diverse identities and backgrounds. A portion of the sales of these cards will be donated to causes specially chosen by each artist.

Each splendidly stands alone or works in a set, so I’ll go through them one by one.

Nia Musiba is a mulitdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon. Ultimately, Nia’s goal is to create space for herself and others who wouldn’t have historically had a voice within the art world. A portion of sales from this card go to Care Not Cops.

Leif J Lee is a nonbinary artist grown out of the Pacific Northwest. Lee practices drawing the unseen on paper by utilizing their experiences with subconscious states of being. A portion of sales from this card go to The Okra Project.

This colorful gem above was designed by Tristan T.K. Irving. A portion of sales from this card go to Q Center: Marsha P. Johnson Community Fund.

Jackie Brown is a graphic designer/illustrator/wannabe ceramicist based in Portland, Oregon by way of the Bay. A portion of sales from this card go to Black Resilience Fund.

Sonya Montenegro is a visual artist, illustrator and designer, whose artwork is in service to reconciliation and restoration. She is co-founder and co-creative director of the design studio The Far Woods, with her sister Nina. A portion of sales from this card go to Sisters of the Road.

Egg Press shared some shots of business progressing somewhat as usual in Portland — plus this great video that shares a bit more about Nia’s background, inspirations and aims.

I love seeing these come to life, only to be carefully packaged and dispatched to their faithful USPS carrier!

Buy these letterpressed babies here for $6/pop or $30/set.