DIY Protest Posters!
Let me introduce you this week to Angela Quigley, an extraordinary woman who with her husband runs Married In Milwaukee. If you're not familiar with the biz, Married In Milwaukee's mission is to connect engaged couples with locally owned wedding vendors (like us!). They work with 130+ local companies and are a bit obsessed with supporting local, which we're pretty excited about.
In preparation for the Women's March this past weekend, Angela rallied seven of her friends to join her in a Drink & Ink at our shop. If you're new here, a Drink & Ink is your chance to create posters with our Vandercook press (named Betty), while we teach you the craft and supply the ink and paper. You bring the friends and beverages! In Angela's words, "I LOVE Drink & Ink and had done one through Married In Milwaukee a year ago. It is such a creative outlet and having wanted to make signs for the Womens' March, it seemed like a fantastic fit to support an awesome, locally owned, and woman owned business like Bay View Printing Company." Right on, sister.
The night began with introductions, as everyone was connected to Angela but hadn't all met previously. Ashley Town, our Boss Lady and Drink & Ink instructor for the evening, then gave a rundown of the printing process: find your type, set it up, ink away, and watch the magic happen. As everyone was picking out their type, I peeked over shoulders, inquiring as to what each woman's quote would say. I loved the bold and humorous vibe (see: Kelly's poster, "When a girl walks in // with an itty bitty waist // and a round thing in your face you // RESPECT HER!").
The night consisted of frank and empowering discussions about where women are headed, laughter, a little bit of wine, sharing of new music, and even an unexpected 1-degree-of-seperation moment. Turns out that I've previously met Sarah, one of Angela's friends, who happens to be good friends with one of my friends. SMALLWAUKEE ain't no joke.
Angela and company created something more than posters that evening; they created a communal gathering of powerful and forward-thinking women who want to see change and who care for those who don't have a voice. They also had fun, which is pretty important on our end. Thanks to all the men and women who marched this past weekend. We're happy to be a part of Angela's recap: "I felt empowered being surrounded by humans who were in support of equal rights for ALL women -- Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ, Immigrants, youth, etc. The speakers were representative of all these groups and were AMAZING! I get goosebumps as I type this and feel fired up to continue the fight for equal rights for all. It's time to get to work!"
I'll leave you with some Drink & Ink posters in action: