The Chamomile Tea Party was formed in 2010 to work towards a more effective dialogue about the future of America. Congress has become paralyzed by partisan politics. There has been so much rhetoric it has become almost impossible to get any important legislation passed. And Americans are suffering. We are no longer interested, nor can we support "politics as usual."
To this end, graphic designer Jeff Gates has been remixing World War II propaganda posters with new text about the rancor so prevalent in American political and cultural discourse. The posters send a message to the "powers that be" that we are hurting ourselves as a country and as a people. In addition, the posters are meant to be used by the electorate to aid in voicing their concerns. High resolution posters can be downloaded for free. In addition, by popular request, prints are available for sale.
Over 60 posters have been produced so far. They have been used to illustrate articles on The Economist website and The Atlantic just wrote a piece on them. They also appear in Jonathan Haidt's new book on the American political process: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. In addition, these posters will be included in Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing, a high school textbook on cultural literacy. Articles about these images have also appeared The Huffington Post and BoingBoing and have promoted interesting dialogue and spirited debate. Recently, the Urban Times wrote a piece on the genesis of this work.
The Chamomile Tea Party Buys Ad Space in Washington, DC's Metro
In the weeks leading up to the 2012 general election, the Chamomile Tea Party displayed two of its posters as backlit platform advertising in the Washington, DC Metro, first at Gallery Place and then at Farragut West. The first "ad" was up on the Red Line platform at Gallery Place during the month of September. The second "ad" was on display at the Farragut West station (Blue and Orange lines) in October.
The Chamomile Tea Party posters were on exhibition from October 27–November 7, 2012 at Curator's Office in Washington, DC.
(The online shop is temporarily closed for renovation. Email me at jgates[at]chamomileteaparty[dot]com if you are interested in buying a poster.)
Tax Deductible Donations
Many have asked if they can donate to the Chamomile Tea Party for our continued work. The answer is yes. When you donate via PayPal you will be donating to the Chamomile Tea Party's umbrella organization, Artists for a Better Image, Inc. Artists for a Better Image is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization. And, donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
For more information contact Jeff Gates at jgates[at]chamomileteaparty[dot]com.