Women's March / by Misha Zadeh Graham

My mom at the Women's March on Seattle, holding my 'Seeds' sign. Jan 21, 2017

My mom at the Women's March on Seattle, holding my 'Seeds' sign. Jan 21, 2017

On January 21st of this year, my mom and 5 other friends and I participated in the historic Women's March (or Womxn's March) on Seattle. I didn't realize the impact it would have on me as a person and as an artist. There were bright and beautiful people in attendance in all directions as far as the eye could see. Predictions were at 50,000. Crowd estimates put the final tally at 175,000. Anyway, it was such a positive, hope-filled event and it gave me such a feeling of community.

Just before the March, I was inspired to create an illustrated quote of a moving Mexican proverb, "They tried to bury us — they didn't know we were seeds." I first learned of the quote a few years ago and I had such an emotional response to it. It is stirring, yet ultimately resilient and hopeful, which is the way I roll on my good days. I had no sketch, I just sat down with my paintbrush and started lettering and growing my seeds in a watercolor palette of deep blues, oranges, reds and pinks.

The signs got a lot of positive responses from marchers, as did our Pincause Pins (follow the link to learn all about this fantastic group and their amazing mission).

I submitted a vertical version of the sign to the Hear Our Voice callout by the Amplifier Foundation for Women's March posters and was thrilled to hear that it was selected to be featured out of more than 5,000 entries. You can purchase an archival, Giclee print of this art at my Etsy shop. I will be donating 20% of the sales of this print to El Centro De La Raza. You can also download a vertical version for free for personal use via Amplifier. On February 18th, the official Women's March Instagram page featured my sign as the Resistance Sign of the day and it has over 38,000 likes(!!!!). I am honored that a piece so personal to me has resonated with so many other people.

Women's March print by Misha Zadeh

Women's March print by Misha Zadeh

The night that we returned home from the march, I was moved to create another painting — this time commemorating the historic day. I illustrated 4 women of different backgrounds. Two of them represent me and my mom. Two of them are wearing Pincause pins, and they all have fabulous outfits and dos. I also added a pink cat as a nod to the pussy hat project. This piece is also available via Etsy, and I will be donating 20% of the proceeds The ACLU. Haven't they been doing amazing work recently?!

Were you at the March? Which city? And what was your experience like?