This has been a year of strikes and marches – and Christmas brings another opportunity to be
an activist as people give the gift of protest. These makers are making it happen.
Ethan Crawford is a professional doodler, and director of the popular clothing brand LAME. His ‘Eat the Rich’ t-shirt, with a fat banker on the front is a protest against wealth inequality. Crawford said: “That tee was inspired by the ‘wafer-thin mint’ scene from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, where the guy in the dinner jacket eats so much he is blown up like a balloon. People are rightly angry at rising rents, rising poverty and the widening wealth inequality, and don’t feel the likes of Rishi Sunak and Jacob-Rees Mogg can understand or even acknowledge the reality of their experience. And though I am not seriously advocating cannibalism I do absolutely love the conversations sparked across the political spectrum by wearing this T-shirt.
“I will always have a deep love for satire and political T-shirts, they have a unique role in protest over the decades,” he continues. Having said that there is a delicate balance between representing my sincerely held beliefs on issues and profiting off those same issues. No art is apolitical, but when I do sell overtly political T-shirts in the future they will be to combat those injustices meaningfully by transparently funding relevant charity organisations.”
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Jade Muat Dodd
Jade Muat-Dodd, an illustrator and maker from Merseyside, creates bright and colourful trinkets, from accessories to homeware. One line that has proved popular among her customers is her ‘F*** The Tories’ series.
“I try to create art that I like and feel strongly about, and if other people like it too then that’s a bonus! Starting off as just one badge design, it got such a good reaction that I knew I had to translate it onto different products. It’s gone from badges to prints, stickers, earrings, pet bandanas, purses, handbags, clothing and probably even more than I can think of.”