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this month eva silverman: wpa posters

Eva Silverman's poster prints have captured the spirit and style of an earlier era's economic stimulus plan for artists: the Works Progress Administration. Honoring both the creative work and positive messages embodied in WPA productions of the 1930's, Eva's elegantly stylized prints encourage public support for local green space, city art programs, grassroots heroes and relevant social issues.


I am an east coast transplant who lives in Oakland, California with my cattledog, Pebs. The camera has been an accessory to my crime since childhood. From my roots in NYC to my current home, my photographic work documents people in their native places, workers, the ironic and iconic, and the gritty and the pretty in the day-to-day life of the city.


As a seasoned photographer, I fell in love with graphic design after seven years in the non-profit world, and have happily united my passions for social justice and design through my studio, Pushcart Design (pushcartdesign.com). My series of WPA posters celebrate historic Oakland places as well and Coney Island, Harvey Milk and Barack Obama. One of my designs has recently been published in the TASCHEN book Design For Obama: Posters for Change, a Grassroots Anthology.


When I moved to Oakland eight years ago, I had only dabbled with developing my photography. Being a graphic designer had yet to cross my mind. I was inspired by Oakland: by the communities surrounding my neighborhood and depth and breadth of culture--the differences and similarities on both sides of the lake, and the gritty and pretty details that make up the heart of the city. My own development as a graphic designer and professional photographer flourished. I've been focused on showing the 'real' Oakland, not the Oakland that people outside the Bay Area hear awful things about, but the beautiful place that I love, live and work in.


The ideas for my Works Progress Administration (WPA) posters was salvaged from the long lost WPA posters of the 1930's--when artists were paid by the government to create images with a community purpose. It was their posters who championed state parks, theater, and victory gardens. My WPA series takes the basic ideas of community empowerment from yesteryear and place them in our current political, social and economic context.


I credit my passion for documentation and workers' rights to her Punk Rock roots and Grandma Gladys, who grew up working in the sweatshops of NYC's Lower East Side.


You can see Eva's work on the following websites:

Pushcartdesign.com

flickr.com/evasilverman

pushcartdesign.etsy.com






eva silverman: wpa posters
Grow Your Oakland Featured Artist



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