RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 8th, 2009
PRINT NAME: “HOMELESS, NOT HOPELESS” ( H.N.H. )
EDITION SIZE: 100. All prints are screen printed and hand finished with watercolor by ABOVE.
EXTRA FEATURES: 100% of all the profits will be donated to the T.P.I. (TRANSITION PROJECTS// http://www.tprojects.org ) homeless shelter in Portland, Oregon. U.S.A. /// ABOVE spent extra time in personally hand coloring each print with watercolor in addition to custom embossing, signing and numbering each print **
PAPER SIZE/COLORS: 15 inches X 22 inches (38cm. X 56cm.) PRINTED ON ARCHIVAL LENNOX-100 250 GSM PAPER. 1-black layer “Halftone” printing with individual hand watercolor from ABOVE.
PRICE: >>>WE ARE HAPPY TO SAY THAT THIS EDITION HAS SOLD OUT! <<<(100% OF ALL THE PROFITS WERE DONATED TO TRANSITION PROJECTS HOMELESS SHELTER)
LIMIT PER PERSON: Due to the fact that this is a non-profit fundraiser, there is no limit per person. Our goal is to generate and sell out this print before December 24th so we can donate the money as soon as possible. We want as much support as possible!
HOMELESS, NOT HOPELESS INFO: “After last years positively large response to the “GIVING TO THE POOR” print where 100% of all those profits were donated to 2 selected homeless shelters I wanted to again get involved this year with the homeless community and address the serious issues of homelessness and more specific the homeless situation in Portland, Oregon. I learned a lot of information during the 5-weeks I rode my bike around Portland listening to different homeless individual’s stories. I also talked with the administrators of different homeless shelters to understand their perspectives on homelessness, what they provide, and how they help transition homeless individuals off the streets. Being homeless takes on many different forms regardless to age, race, or education. Often times, but not always many homeless individuals haven’t or don’t have the basic life skills or resources to transition off the streets. It’s with shelters like TRANSITION PROJECTS who offer recovery programs, life skills classes and most of all compassion and a non-judgmental attitude that helps those living on the streets learn the life tools to help them make a permanent transition off the streets.
After taking photos of the homeless individuals that allowed me, I chose to print the image of “POET” and his very clever/humorous sign. Ask any comedian and they will tell you that using humor can make you laugh and temporarily take the edge off a very serious issue or topic. This is not to say that this print is suppose to be funny or a joke because homelessness is a serious fucking issue and it’s no laughing matter!! My goal with the “homeless, not hopeless” print is for you to hang it in your home as a constant reminder that there are those sleeping in the street everynight that are less fortunate and call the street their home. I want it to remind you to be grateful for what you have and to also give help, assistance, and compassion to others lacking basic needs for living.
The majority of the homeless individuals I listened to spoke very highly about “T.P.I” (TRANSITION PROJECTS) (http://tprojects.org/) their services, and recovery programs. I will be donating 100% of all the profits from the “homeless, not hopeless” print to the Transition projects shelter and recovery center. *I highly suggest you visit Transition Projects website to learn more about their services and standing role in the Portland community. If you can’t afford a print or if it is already sold out then please feel free to donate a financial contribution directly through T.P.I’s website or to a homeless shelter in your own community! Homelessness is a global issue so please get involved in your own community and help support with donations and compassion. A little help from everyone adds up to makes a big difference!! Thank you.” -Above.
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