“I was trying to process everything that had transpired … and also figure out what I could do as a creative to help initiate change in this country. I’m not a protesting type, but I certainly want to do my part in my own way.” And designing and making things has always been a constant for Berman, so this was no different. After working on some sketches, she put the work aside for a day or two until she had an “a-ha” moment that resulted in the final design, which takes its cues from the format of the American flag.
She then made the design available on t-shirts, sweatshirts, household goods and accessories online where she donates 20% of profits to organizations focused on fighting racial injustice. Friends and family responded very positively to the design and since it launched, the United Faces of America© message has reached customers from all over New England to Florida, Iowa, Texas and California.
This isn’t the first award United Faces of America© has received though – in August, it was selected by the Berkshire Arts Association for its Biennial NEXT Show, which ran from October 2 – November 20 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA. It also received one of three Juror Awards in the show, recognizing it as a judge’s favorite.
United Faces of America© is available on face masks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, household goods and accessories and 20% of profits are donated to organizations focused on fighting racial injustice.
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