Activist arts and crafts: Slope feminists unite to draw posters ahead of women’s march on city

Activist arts and crafts: Slope feminists unite to draw posters ahead of women’s march on city
Photo by Zoe Freilich

The time for these signs is now.

Dozens of feminists gathered at Park Slope’s Old Stone House on Monday for a poster-making session ahead of this weekend’s Women’s March on New York City that drew locals of both sexes eager to advertise their demands for gender equality.

“There was really great engagement among a wide swath of community members, and it was great to see everyone’s ideas,” said the museum’s executive director Kim Maier. “It was our favorite kind of afternoon.”

Youngsters and oldsters alike descended on the institution inside Washington Park for the event co-hosted by neighborhood businesswoman Diana Kane.

The shopkeeper made headlines last year when T-shirts emblazoned with the word “feminist” began flying off the shelves of her eponymous Fifth Avenue boutique.

Maier and Kane got local arts-supply stores to donate crafting essentials for the workshop, and enlisted the help of design experts, such artist Robert Ayers, who brought some of his own handmade signs as inspiration for attendees’ posters and slogans.

“He was great about helping people make a good sign from a materials point of view, and also at sloganeer-ing,” Maier said.

Many participants’ signs blasted misogyny in general with proclamations including “On Wednesdays we smash the patriarchy” and “No country for old men.”

But other activists used their creativity to challenge one particular man, President Trump, designing posters that demanded “No Nazis in our White House” and “No racist president.”

Participants will hoist their progressive placards at Saturday’s march, which kicks off with an 11 am rally in Central Park on the distant isle of Manhattan, before attendees take their activism to the streets.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.