We the people

Fairey, Shepard. "We the People". 2017. www.amplifier.org

Fairey, Shepard. "We the People". 2017. www.amplifier.org

Politics aside, these prints present three women of different ethnicities with four symbols appropriated within.  The first is the usage of red, white, and blue, colors: red symbolizing valor and bravery, white symbolizing purity and innocence, and blue symbolizing vigilance, perseverance, and justice.  The second appropriation is the American flag on the center (and most well known) poster, a fabric flag wrapped around the face of a middle-eastern woman.  The third being the Bald Eagle eating a serpent on the woman on the right's t-shirt, the symbol representing the battle of the present and the past.  Finally, the fourth appropriation being the words "We the People", the first three words of the Constitution of the United States. 

As designed objects, these were utilized during protests in January of 2017.  The digital files were published for free downloading with prints being given to those who donated to the Amplifier Foundation.  This meant the posters quickly became icons for the nationwide Woman's March on January 21st, 2017.  Socially, these designs became symbols for ideas about feminism, diversity, and patriotism for individuals and groups across the United States.

Joshua Hoering