The Story of Empathy, Kindness, Respect
On January 20, 2017, I designed a poster to carry for the next day’s Seattle Women's March. I'd been thinking for days about what to say on the poster. I had so many swirling thoughts and ideas. I wanted to show others that I care about them. I wanted to say that injustice isn't fine with me. I wanted words to aspire to. These are the three words I chose. They felt right at the time, and they've settled into my heart and life as goals for this year, and goals for myself. I don't do these things perfectly, but they're who I want to be. They're what I want for my family. They're what I want to show to others.
Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.
Respect: a feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements.
I put the design together with antique wood type in my print studio, and pulled poster prints on my iron handpress. Later, I scanned my original letterpress print and digitized the image for use on other items.
On January 30, 2017, I partnered with Cotton Bureau to offer Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirts! In the 2 years since I first created this design, I’ve sold over 800 shirts! So many people are walking around the world wearing this message of love in action. Even better, I’ve donated every dollar raised from Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirt sales, and have donated over $5k to International Rescue Committee and Refugee Women's Alliance, refugee aid organizations working in Seattle.
The shirts are still available to order on Cotton Bureau. The Empathy, Kindness, Respect design is also available as a greeting card on our website, and a poster in our brick & mortar shop.