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Linework drawing of swirling waves above the words "Water Is Life." The words "Mní Wičoni" are at the top of the print.

Water is Life

by Shaun Slifer

#environment, #indigenousrights, #waterislife

The fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline continues. We must protect our land, our water, and the people who depend on our environment.

Poster via Just Seeds:

In November of 2016, I made this free downloadable graphic in solidarity with the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline on Sioux land. “Mní Wičoni” is Lakota for “water is life”, and the design is based on the waterforms I illustrated for the bandana cover of the Wellspring portfolio.

The original graphic was bounced around as an online image quite a bit, and was reprinted for various Standing Rock fundraisers. The folks at Ocelot Printshop in Detroit made an especially nice benefit print run of them using the split-fountain technique to make a multi-color print from a single screen layer. I loved how they looked, so I made a short run of a slightly different version of the original, using the same process.

While the design is mine, the ink passes on this edition were done by my partner Becca, for whom it was her first experience with split-fountain screenprinting. Keep learning, keep teaching!

We are citizens who see poster design as an important tool to advocate for a better America: gun control, racial justice, love, and on and on. INFO