I've been wanting to do something that touches on my feelings about the Occupy Wall Street protests and the political/economic situation of the country that has inspired them. If you think the protests are a mistake, you might want ot quit reading now. Because I think they are WONDERFUL. (Yes, I really am shouting it.)
I'm so excited to see the people finally rising up to fight back and I wanted to use whatever talent and ability I might have as an artist to express that.
Each of these four single-sheet fold books focuses on a single quote form a single president. Here are the quotes:
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." ~Thomas Jefferson
"Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add... artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society--the farmers, mechanics, and laborers--who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government." ~Andrew Jackson, as he vetoed a national bank bill, July 10, 1832).
"The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the Bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe.. corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money powers of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed." ~Abraham Lincoln
"Big business is not dangerous because it is big, but because its bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy." ~Woodrow Wilson, July 7, 1912
Each quote is laid out on the computer with a couple of portraits of the president, printed on a single sheet of cream-colored card stock, then folded and cut into the snake fold, which results in an accordion fold book with more pages than you think you could do with a single sheet. The book is then glued into a cover of red or blue heavier card stock and a slip-on label wit the book title is slid on to hold the book closed.
I really like these. They look very clean and neat. I also have a few more quotes and plan to do more of these tomorrow. Stay tuned...