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To Each According to Need


Another experiment for me, this is my first 8 color silkscreen. I also tried to move away from my usual big blocks of color, and try out more subtle textures and organic lines. This is definitely the biggest, most labor intensive poster I’ve printed yet, and wouldn’t have happened without the help and studio of our member Jesse Purcell.

The slogan, “From each according to ability, to each according to need,” was first popularized by Marx in the 1870s, but quickly became the rallying cry for real world attempts at liberatory and anarchist communism, from the British Diggers movement to the revolution in Spain in the 1930s. As a simple maxim to keep in mind when envisioning a new world, it holds as true today as it did 150 years ago.

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CPH in NZ pt2

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Jared Davidson, of Garage Collective and organizer of the recent exhibition of Celebrate People’s History posters in New Zealand, sent me these great photos of the posters on display in…