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The Obstruction Project: September 2019


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September 2019

My friend Suzi Banks Baum challenged me to “take note of your first thought each day, and take action.” This was during the month of September, 2019. I was practicing immersing in very cold water that month in a swimming hole near our home. I was and still go into cold water specifically to make myself get comfortable with being physically uncomfortable. That thought was on my mind most of September, and often the first thing I thought of when I woke up: will I go in today.

I also was drawing a circular scribble in my sketchbook, a scribble of what the energy in my head felt like. I printed that scribble and the words FIRST THOUGHT, BEST THOUGHT onto a coaster.

Handset metal type and polymer plate letterpress printed onto a thick coaster, 4″ diameter.

The profits from the sale of this and all The Obstruction Project I will donate to the following organizations: Multicultural BridgeCampaign ZeroBlack Lives MatterEqual Justice InitiativeSouthern Poverty Law CenterNational Museum of African American History and CultureCivil Rights MuseumBlack Women in Visual ArtThe Sentencing Project, and Black Women in Politics.