The campaign brought together talented artists, designers, and musicians from across the nation to create works inspired by Hillary Clinton. Our team was the driving force behind these collaborations, fostering relationships that led to thoughtful and compelling expressions of support for our candidate. These creative statements were shared widely across the web, and, when possible, made available to supporters nationwide through our merchandise shop.
We invited several of the nation’s leading artists to create works expressing an identity or issue that resonated with them.
Jenny Holzer is a New York-based artist who uses text across a variety of media to question and convey ideas relating to feminism, hierarchy, oppression, and power. Her video piece celebrated Hillary Clinton’s decades-long work to advance the rights of women and girls across the world. Passages from past speeches were cast across the White House as a testament to Hillary’s work—and the milestone her presidency would have represented for gender equality.
Cruz Ortiz is a San Antonio-based artist who uses print, film, and performance to convey his experience growing up in the bicultural landscape of South Texas. His animated flag reflected America’s rich diversity, incorporating meso-American design principles along with patterns developed by Native American and African American quiltmakers. The word “ganas”—Spanish for “want” or “desire”—was superimposed on the flag as a symbol of our shared desire to achieve the American dream.
Maya Lin is the designer behind some of the best-known architectural and land art displays of the 20th century, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Her piece sought to highlight the urgent threat of climate change, mapping the impact of extreme weather events and natural disasters that are growing more frequent and intense each year. As Hillary put it, “climate change isn’t some abstract future threat—it threatens our families and economy right now.” (Data sources include the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans, the World Resources Institute, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)
Eileen Myles is a poet who lives in New York and Marfa, Texas. She wrote and recorded “MOMENTUM 2016” in support of Hillary Clinton and to honor the historic nature of her candidacy.
Carrie Mae Weems is a New York-based artist who has spent her career examining systems of power. In her video “The Power of Your Vote,” Weems showcased everyday scenes from Jackson Heights, a heavily African American community in New York City. In the background, Obama delivers an impassioned plea to get people out and to the voting booths this election: “You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote.”
Cat Mazza is a Brooklyn-based activist and textile artist whose work combines digital media and traditional crafts to explore the intersection of textiles, technology, and labor. Inspired by Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination for president, Mazza created a floor-to-ceiling knitted map showcasing the lineage of women’s labor and celebrating the generations of women who have fought for equality. The piece was crafted from needlework, a historically feminized form of industrial labor, and symbols from historic moments in the labor movement are stitched on each state.
Over the course of the campaign, numerous DJs volunteered to provide music at official events. We worked with designer Matthew Jacobson and illustrator Jason Sturgill to produce “DJs for Hillary” stickers that were distributed at a presidential debate watch party and fundraiser in New York City. We incorporated the sticker design onto the email invitation that we designed for the watch party.
We invited 45 artists and graphic designers to create buttons that expressed their support for Hillary. These buttons were made available to supporters everywhere through our official merchandise shop.
We invited over two dozen artists across the country to contribute illustrations to an official campaign coloring book; it was made available to Hillary supporters of all ages through our merchandise shop. We also converted many of the illustrations into digital graphics that were shared across social media.
Brooklyn-based illustrators Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, and Rachel Cole founded “Ladies Drawing Night,” a regular gathering of professional female illustrators; Ladies Drawing Night has since become a national network of female illustrators who host drawing nights across the country. Julia and Leah brought their group of female illustrators to campaign headquarters for a night of drawing in support of Hillary.
We invited some of fashion’s biggest names to design apparel in support of Hillary Clinton. “Made for History,” as the collection was called, was sold in our merchandise shop and became enormously popular among our supporters.