Last January we had the honor to collaborate with artists Lili Bernard and Elisa Ortega. They rocked our “Mujeres Libres” t-shirts that we designed for the 2019 Women’s March.
Mujeres Libres (Free Women) was a feminist organization that participated in the Spanish Civil War to defend and expand women’s rights against the threat of Fascism. These women believed in the intersectionality of workers’ rights and women’s rights. In the midst of the #MeToo movement and the Trump presidency, we wanted to celebrate these iconic feminists with this limited edition t-shirt. Abajo el patriarcado! (Down with the Patriarchy!)
Although Lili and Elisa come from very different backgrounds, they share one thing in common: They fight the patriarchy with their art.
Lili Bernard is a renown artist born in Cuba and based in Los Angeles. Her work exposes the post-colonial paradigm of suffering and resilience, through a collision of cruelty against compassion. The generational struggle of her Afro-Cuban immigrant family and Caribbean ancestors, coupled with her personal experiences as a rape survivor, informs her exploration of the impact of trauma and the unconquerable nature of the human spirit.
Here is Lili posing for us wearing our “Mujeres Libres” t-shirt in front of her painting “Carlota leading the people”, an adaptation of Lacroix’s “Liberty leading the people”.
The other feminist artist we had the pleasure of working with is Elisa Ortega, born in Spain and based in Santa Barbara. With her art, Elisa fights for equal rights and social justice.
Here is Elisa wearing our tee for the opening of her art installation “My American Flag” at the Arts Fund Gallery in Santa Barbara.