artist: Philip Pierre Louis
Where are you from?
The most lovely city in the universe; Minneapolis, MN.
What do you do?
I do work that lies In the intersection and education. It is essential for me to do creative work that serves a greater community. My two favorite projects currently are my work with Love + Water Designs as the Youth Director and creating and implementing interactive events with my organization, the Guerilla Haiku Movement.
What would you do if you could do anything your heart desired, right now?
There was no snow at home over Christmas this year (unheard of in Minneapolis) because of this I missed out on snow-tubing with my cousins and their kids. I hear they have snow now…and I want to sneak back for a little tubing!
What do you love about your Love and Water Designs shirt?
I love how often people comment on my Love + Water shirts and want to know what the images mean. I miss the grocery line conversations with strangers (that are a constant in the Midwest) and with L+W shirts I get some of those conversations generated even in busy NYC!
This week, our featured shirt is “The Growth of Africa,” which was designed by Love+Water Designs user sprinterz and which was inspired by the charity Rootz Rising! Go see the shirt on our website to buy it!
How many t-shirts does it take to build a garden? Since Love and Water Designs has partnered with ROOTZRISING to create a t-shirt that expresses the mission of the charity, we have been pondering this question and realizing one truly inspiring answer: IT DOESN’T TAKE THAT MANY!
If we sell two rounds of limited-edition ROOTZRISING shirts, we can give ROOTZRISING enough to build an entire garden. That’s a garden that will feed a community. A garden that will empower a group of women and children to farm, to grow their own food, to nourish themselves, to understand that the power within their own hands is enough to fully sustain their lives and the lives of others who they love and care for. That they have more than enough to share and share and share…
That we have enough to share, to purchase one shirt that makes such a significant contribution to not only raising financial support bu also awareness for this cause. Because each time you wear your shirt, and someone asks you what the design stands for, you have the answer. And that conversation is one that spreads empowerment to all who are engaged with you.
That is why, with the sale of these shirts, the possibilities are endless…
Participate in the Changents contest: post a picture of your garden, a beautiful veggies with a fabulous tag line!
Tweet or post the campaign in your Facebook page!
Tell a friend what you’ve learned about child nutrition, food aid and the power of farming and food!
Yes, buy a T-shirt and support construction of a 1 acre, school garden. We plan to commemorate this garden to each of you who buys a Tshirt demonstrating the collective power of “1.”