nobody's free until everybody's free

by rayo & honey

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Artist Statement

rayo & honey was inspired by the many written affirmations my mother had up throughout my childhood home. Drawing on literature, affirming quotes, and urban pop-culture references, I construct pennants with hand-cut, pressed and sewn canvas and hand-laid, laser-cut felt letters, creating a soulful piece with a timeless aesthetic.

Utilizing the title of civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer’s speech given at the National Women's Political Caucus in Washington in 1971, this pennant is a reminder of our strength when united. I connected with her call to action for black and white women to work together toward freedom for all:

“The changes we have to have in this country are going to be for liberation of all people—because nobody's free until everybody's free.”

Why We Love It

nobody’s free until everybody’s free is a handmade, generously sized wall hanging created exclusively for us by Brooklyn-based textile artist Roachele Negron. Roachele's made quite a splash with rayo & honey, purveyor of striking pennants bearing messages that celebrate blackness, diversity, progress and positivity. No stranger to the ways in which words can educate, comfort and inspire, Roachele's own inspiration came from the messages of affirmation that her mom hung throughout her childhood home ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Each pennant is hand-made to order by the artist and may require a longer shipping timeline than usual.
+ This pennant is made from 100% organic cotton canvas, machine stitched seaming on all sides with corresponding thread. Letters are black cut felt, affixed with heat. Pennant ships ready to hang with a wooden dowel and black cotton twill tape.
+ Each pennant is an original, hand-built artwork and varies slightly—something we particularly love about these pieces!
+ Measurements listed are approximate, from the tip of the pennant to the top of the dowel.
+ All orders for this pennant are final sale and not eligible for discount or return.

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100% organic cotton canvas and black cut felt

rayo & honey

I am a textile artist who creates goods combining cultural consciousness and clean design aesthetic. I was born and raised in Nyack, NY, a small town on the Hudson River 45 mins north of NYC with Victorians on the waterfront and a main street of mom-and-pop antique shops. Nyack was where my interest in design and architecture was rooted; as a little girl, I helped refurbish tiger wood oak dressers and art deco armoires with my mother, who tucked handwritten affirmations into mirror frames. I’m kept on my toes by the wild ride of motherhood and partnership by my 12yr... Read More
old boy-girl twins and literary editor partner with whom I reside with on the banks of the New York Bay in Brooklyn.
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