This piece is number 21 in the Dead Feminists series, created in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and in response to the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France. To underscore the importance of both modern vigilance and the remembrance of the past, the broadside honors Rywka Lipszyc, a young writer whose diary, only recently discovered by the world, carried her through one of the darkest times in human history.
The overall design of the broadside is based on Rywka’s dual cultural heritage. The border is reminiscent of Jewish embroidered challah covers and sabbath cloths, while the style of floral illustration is derived from Polish folk florals. The stitched lines are a nod to Rywka’s trade as seamstress, which she viewed optimistically as a way to move forward and make a living in a future beyond wartime.
A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Anti-Defamation League, to help fight anti-Semitism worldwide and defend civil rights for all.
|Artist/Creator||Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring|
|Press Name/Publisher||Anagram Press & Springtide Press|
|Place of Publication||Tacoma, WA|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Letterpress printed from photopolymer plates. Text is hand-lettered, patterns are hand-drafted.|
|Paper Stock||Magnani Revere paper|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||10 x 18 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 145|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed and numbered|