Raphael House of Portland "Peace Bird"
11in x 17in // Digital Print. “Peace Bird” was inspired by the mourning dove in which it stands for new beginnings, significant possibilities, and as a spiritual guide. All these symbolisms are what many survivors flock to when taking flight from their abuse or oppression. Credits // Designed by a Raphael House of Portland Youth Survivor.
11in x 17in // Risograph Print. Maya Angelou was a poet, author, composer, and civil right activist. Truly a national treasure, Angelou worked tirelessly for over 50 years for the advancement of civil rights. "Still I Rise" (1978) is from a collection of poems by the same name. About the poem Angelou has said "All my work is meant to say, 'You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.' In fact, the encountering may be the very experience which creates the vitality and the power to endure." The message is as powerful and poignant as it ever was. This poster is meant as a tribute to this great American woman. Maya Angelou, 1928-2014 Credits // Designer: Zo Barazzuol, Project Manager: Sammy Kirk, Creative Director: Peter Metz
14in x 25in // Digital on Lettra. A matriarchal society, elephants are symbols of badass female leadership as mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts form the female-led herd. These gentle giants are fiercely loyal, living together with their tightly knit group of fellow females forming a highly supportive community. The daisy chain design symbolizes trust in community, faith we are headed in the right direction and joy in being part of something larger than ourselves. Like the she-elephant who is confident enough to lead the way, vulnerable enough to understand there is safety in numbers and intelligent enough to trust her own instincts, may you nurture all of these traits and embrace your own herd.
Zak Stone // PSU
18in x 24in // Digital Print. The concept behind my poster was positive affirmations. The idea was to remind the community of Raphael House Portland of their own strength. It's very easy for people to discredit their own experiences and themselves as "not that brave" or "not that strong". My poster is aiming to remind people of their own value and their worth and remind them to not downplay their experiences. I included images of a gladiolus, which is a symbol for strength, and a protea which is a symbol for courage. I included the last line "you are loved" to remind the community and employees of Raphael House Portland that even when they feel alone, there are so many people out in this world that love them and care about them, even without knowing them.
11in x 17in // Risograph Print. For survivors, the path to safety and stability is not often easy or straightforward; it can feel like a maze. This poster represents that journey and finding the power to thrive in the process. We designed the poster with the Riso in mind; restrained color palette with available inks/paper and iconic imagery that would translate well to the printing technique. Combining iconography of a maze and key hole with a constellation of support behind survivors best expressed the concept to lift up and ‘unlock hope’ for them. Credits // Poster Designer: Erica Hassinger
Mad Fish Digital "Lift Others Up"
11in x 17in // Risograph Print. Lift Others Up. Our strength is in our community and the energy we bring into the world. By lifting others up you are giving our community the power for change and helping each other get through hard times. For this poster, we wanted to show how the layers of type are like the layers of the community. I chose purple, which is the hue associated with ending domestic abuse (and a color of power, peace, and pride) intersecting with yellow. The yellow symbolizes optimism and that out of the darkness is sunshine. Credits // The artist, Nicole Niederhofer is an Associate Design Director at Mad Fish Digital. Mad Fish Digital is a B Corp certified values-driven digital marketing agency focused on creating elevated experiences for employees, clients, and our community.
BB Andersson // PSU
11in x 17in // Risograph Print. The deeper into the pandemic we get, the more crucial it has become to utilize PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like face masks. Even with the rising number of coronavirus cases, the pressure to open up businesses has put everyone in an uncomfortable situation and we need to do what we can to stay safe. I wish more people would follow this simple preventative measure, and sometimes I wish that a booming voice from the cosmos could reiterate it. A "Culture of Empowerment" means protecting yourself and your community.
Raphael House of Portland "what you needed to hear"
14in x 20in // Digital Print. I went through a lot of uncertainty about my experiences and their relevancy to anyone else's life while making this - I kept telling myself things like "this is too obvious" or "this will make someone feel alienated or alone." I've said these words in anger, in assertion, and in outrage. I've said them to police officers and friends and family and my abuser. They were the most important words that they needed to hear - and they often weren't. My experience is, unfortunately, pretty normal. I hope this makes someone feel less alone and more heard in some small way. Credits // Designed by Raphael House community supporter Violet Penning. Caitlin Collings-Domingo, Development Manager at Raphael House, helped me believe that my art is worth making.
18in x 24in // Screen Print. The poster design was inspired by the incredible changes Raphael House is making in the lives of everyone it touches and two great quotes. One by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus’ who said that “The only constant in life is change.” The second, a quote from the great Martin Luther King Jr. when he said “I have decided to stick to love… Hate is too great a burden to bear.” The purpose of the poster is to be a calming reminder that inspires and affirms that when we seek love and leave hate behind, the sky is the limit. Text printed in center of the poster reads "Metamorphosis, fly free through turned leaf and tree, 'till love's all you see" Credits // Poster Designers: Ladd Arundel, Paul Glazier, & Alan Foster
11in x 17in // Risograph Print. No matter how tough the now is, tomorrow will always bring a new day; and with that, a bright future. This poster is 11x17 and is Risograph printed on craft stock. Yellow overspray done by hand so each poster is unique. Credits // Poster Designer: Madison Bracken
Sasquatch Advertising "Time to Fly"
14in x 24in // Linocut Block Print. The struggle to free oneself may be a long journey or a singular moment. Symbolized in "Time To Fly" is the moment of truth, to escape from harm and self doubt distilled into the most primeval need for one's own safety. Credits // Poster Designer: Devin Kelly
Brolly Design Co.
13in x 19in // Digital Print with Spot Gloss. This poster highlights a global truth—If you empower a woman, you'll empower a whole society. Spoken by Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, these words resonate in the hearts of all women and all who know the power and generosity of women the world over. At Brolly Design Co. we chose to feature hand-lettering accentuated by freeform scrolls and other ornamentation. A subtle nod to Middle Eastern floral motifs was employed, along with a custom plaster and stucco inspired texture. The berry colored elements of our poster are spot glossed giving them a nice shine. Cheers to the empowerment of women and how that benefits our world!
The Beauty Shop / Visible Alliance
11in x 17in // Digital Print. Protect Black Womxn And Every Black Child. Credits // Emily Carpenter-Munroe, Designer: Emily focuses her art and design around Black women, spirituality, and advocacy. She is an excellent illustrator and photographer. She specializes in branding, logos, illustration, and social media management. Her life’s ambition is to become the first Black woman to own her own design firm that prioritizes BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients. You can view her work @saintjawn.official or on her website at saintjawnofficial.com. Olyvia Chac-Nguyen, Copywriter: Olyvia is a copywriter and strategist who has experience in healthcare communications and building digital presences for start up organizations. Her top killer skills are brand strategy, general & medical copywriting, project management, and a splash of basic design.
Robert Jabra Khasho
17in x 11in // Digital Print. I chose the image of a Butterfly because I like the idea of self transformation while taking some time away from the rest of the world to self recollect. I think this is important when it comes to healing. Especially when it is expected of us to hold a facade that people can depend on.
Murmur Creative "Heat. Pressure. Time."
18in x 24in // Screen Print on Timber Green Construction French Paper. Heat. Pressure. Time. Our poster honors those whose beauty is the outcome of forces beyond their control. For Murmur, metamorphism , the geological process by which heat and pressure work over time to produce beautiful minerals and gemstones, is the perfect metaphor for the struggles and hardships faced by survivors of domestic violence and the strength that results from adaptation, change, and perseverance. Each unique gemstone is the creation of an individual Murmur team member. Involving Murmurites from across different disciplines within our office is in keeping with the spirit of inclusivity and equal creative opportunity that we seek to uphold. Text at bottom reads “Precious Gemstones in honor of those who have been forged by extremes: beautiful, rare, and enduring.” Credits // 1. Ben Martinez-Bateman 2. Marc Girouard 3. Amy Hwang 4. Tory Cunningham 5. Zipporah Vannata 6. Krystal Jeffries 7. Tristan MacInnis 8. Tim Acock 9. Renee Dimalla
Digital portraits designed by Marc Girouard!
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