One of my goals this year was to utilize my business to do some good. I didn't have a plan set out for this goal, but I had been planning for a while to create a papercutting piece of the female reproductive system, and had envisioned making a charitable donation from the proceeds of the piece. I completed the piece earlier this year, and after seeing it come together I couldn't stop thinking of the image on a t-shirt. I also figured more people buy t-shirts than papercutting art pieces (...I assume?) so more potential to raise some cash for a good cause.
As one of millions of people who participated in the Women's March in January, I felt the draw to focus this project on a women's issue, and felt especially worried about the potential threats to women's reproductive health in the US. After creating the handcut piece, I went to bed every night picturing the shirt, and every time, the letters GTFO floated around in my mind.
So I made it!
Here it is! I scanned the original hand-cut papercutting piece to digitize the design and have it silkscreened onto the shirts. The design, as my other anatomical organ pieces, is my artistic interpretation of this reproductive organ. I chose the image of the female reproductive system as the symbol for this cause, as Planned Parenthood has so often come under fire for the services they provide, and as women's bodies in particular are so often governed by the social conservatism of male politicians. Even though I was told the text was "out there," I chose GTFO (get the f*ck out!) for the lettering because, hey, IRL I'm pretty brazen and I don't have a problem saying GTFO when it needs to be said. Plus, I couldn't get it out of my head!
Why Planned Parenthood US?
Though we are a Canadian company, I feel a strong connection with my American friends and family, and also with all the Americans who support Light + Paper. Over 80% of Light + Paper online orders come from the United States, and with the current political climate, I feel that fighting alongside my American neighbours is what we need to be doing. Depending on how many are ordered, I'll be able to donate approximately $13-$23 CAD per shirt - the more purchased, the cheaper it'll be to make, and the more money I can send!
But we haven't forgotten about our friends at Planned Parenthood Canada! We will also be fundraising for them, with 10% of the proceeds from the lasercut paper female reproductive piece going towards Planned Parenthood Toronto.
It took me a while to decide to go ahead with this project. I was worried. What if people are offended? Is it exclusionary? Is it "on brand"? What if nobody buys it? In the end, I hope this can do more good than harm, and I don't think now is the time to allow my own fears prevent me from taking action.
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