Why I design shirts

explaining the #resistance

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my older sister, Lydia, who asked me to write a blog explaining what ‘resistance’ means to me as the motivation behind designing shirts.

I’ve been designing and selling shirts for over five years. The first shirts were sold in Texas, at local Pride Festivals, promoting Texas pride and marriage equality.

The shirts sold like hotcakes, and it felt incredible to be proactive about causes that were important to me, using a simple vehicle, like stylish t-shirts, to deliver a message that made people smile.

Our wardrobes make a statement about our personality, taste, and character. There is a lot of joy and satisfaction in creating something that people want to add to their closet.

Resistance, to me, is about stepping outside of your comfort zone. To some, this may be taking a proactive stance on local politics. To others, it may be as simple as biting their tongue in an argument.

Resistance is about bridging connections, including others, and finding common ground between opposites.

My latest shirt designs have a message of #resist as a way of proclaiming love, and the passion required to create a world where all find themselves on equal ground, regardless of gender, race, religious preference, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.

Resistance isn’t about clenching fists, but embracing our enemies with love, like a parent holds a screaming child, in pain from illness.

I design shirts because I’ve found it’s one of the simplest ways to make a powerful statement. A shirt can draw a smile, spark a conversation, or create awareness. Eric Liddell, an olympic runner, once said

“God made me fast. When I run, I feel his presence.”

In many ways, I feel the same. When I design shirts, sample materials, or brainstorming new designs, I feel  a bit of me is being used towards a purpose, greater than myself. We are the potter, as well as the clay.

I hope you enjoy and support my latest line of shirts, now available on Amazon Prime.

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