ART X JUSTICE

When I started selling my art, I knew that I wanted donation to social change to be at the core. 

With a recently earned degree in sociology, I constantly think about how humankind can change our world for the better, so that many are benefited rather than just a few. One of the systems where I see the most injustice in the United States is the criminal justice system. I believe we need fundamental change to turn our punitive system into a more restorative justice system. 

One of my biggest sources of inspiration is Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative. The EJI has fought for groundbreaking, radical reforms to make our justice system better, but there is still so much work to be done. That is why I have decided that a 10% portion of all of my profits will go directly to the EJI to support the work that they are doing. I hope that you will click the links below to learn more about mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, police brutality, and more. 

CLOTHING JUSTICE

Let's talk about the fashion industry. I have felt devastated by the fashion industry's enormous effects on people and the planet. This devastation has caused a lot of personal dissonance, because I LOVE clothing and expressing myself through what I wear. So that arose the question: how do I support a better system of creating clothing, while still being able to design and share my art?

When I first began painting on clothing, I used only secondhand items. I would go to thrift stores once a week and find plain clothing to paint on. I loved upcycling and giving old clothing new life. But, when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March, I was no longer able to thrift clothing. I began purchasing eco-friendly clothing items online, but still felt guilty for using new materials. 

Now, I use a combination of materials for my clothing products. My ultimate hope is that you will purchase mindfully, only buying products that you know you will love and use for many years to come. If you keep and cherish your clothing items, we won't be contributing to clothing waste. Furthermore, by purchasing from me, you are supporting a small, woman-owned business, rather than a large corporation. 

Furthermore, I try to use sustainably and fairly made materials wherever possible. My location shirts are printed on BELLA + CANVAS tees, which are produced sustainably in the United States. For more information on the eco-friendly production standards, feel free to use the links below. I have also linked a video which describes my Wear Justice campaign, which I began in 2018 to start a conversation about sustainable fashion. I hope that my business and the information below makes you think about the importance of shopping mindfully, and only purchasing clothing you know you will use for years.

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elaine@artbyelaine.co 

Elaine Giles 

PO Box 40025

San Francisco, CA 94146   

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