Tsuru for Solidarity Sticker Pack 2021!
The second Tsuru For Solidarity sticker set features five artists who entered our 2021 call for art! They are (clockwise from upper left): Naliyah Kaya, Brittany Arita, Madelyn Tanabe, Dana Kawano, and Charlene Tonai Din. Below are the artists’ statements behind each of their artworks.
Naliyah Kaya: For many, beadwork is healing in and of itself—teaching patience and resulting in beautiful pieces with each bead playing a role in the overall beauty and impact of the project. This beaded tsuru is a labor of love reminding us that collectively our peace, hope, and solidarity can be louder and more beautiful than the hate that so often is given the sole focus by society. Beading is also a demonstration of the common thread that, while not always visible, connects us—a reminder of the words of Lilla Watson that our liberation is bound together.
Brittany Arita: Our stories, folded like origami. Meticulous stitches, woven into strength. Through this art, I've attempted to turn something painful into something beautiful—the way so many of our ancestors did in camp. Through the researching of my own family history, I have gained more of an understanding of how our past overlaps with our present. "Never again is now" is a phrase that deeply resonates with me. I hope this can serve as a reminder to myself, and maybe to you, too.
Madeline Tanabe: With the increasing popularity of anime and manga during the pandemic, I’m often reminded that many people my age have not learned about the WWII concentration camps. I want to highlight the differences in American attitudes toward Japanese culture now versus back then by using a style similar to 90s anime. As a young Japanese American artist, I want others my age to understand that our country has a long history of putting innocent families and children into prison camps. This is precisely why we need to put an end to them almost 80 years later, hence “Never Again is Now.”
Dana Kawano: Drawing inspiration from Satsuki Ina’s poem “We Came Back for You,” this sticker speaks to the efforts of Tsuru For Solidarity collective experience during the Crystal City Pilgrimage and Protest at the Dilley, Texas, Family Residential Center in March 2019. The dark background symbolizes the dark times we faced while Covid spread throughout the world imposing severe risks on those held in crowded confinement. This darkness speaks of silence, the invisibility, the emptiness and uncertainty for incarcerated people. The Tsuru soars in the midst of Covid embracing children in need of reunion with their families. With strength like a mother bird, the tsuru persists in the fight to free the children and protect them from the damage of confinement trauma. Until we are free.
Charlene Tonai Din: The MLK Jr. quote, “No One is Free Until We Are All Free,” as well as the symbolic crane and butterflies were chosen to remind viewers of the persistent activism and solidarity required to achieve mental, physical, and spiritual liberation from oppressive forces.
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52 reviews5 out of 5 stars
Simply beautiful. And right on. I got the first set of stickers, so I knew the quality would be superb, and it is. And the beautiful cards are worthy of framing.
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