About

The Web­site

Design4peace is a web­site show­cas­ing peace and jus­tice posters, cre­at­ed by Leslie Dwyer, artist and work­er bee. It is a small project aimed at coun­ter­ing the intru­sive images and words we receive every day sup­port­ing an unjust and vio­lent sys­tem. Let the posters remind us of what is most impor­tant. Use them to stim­u­late dis­cus­sions. Look at them to sus­tain your com­mit­ments. Stay tuned for the design4peace store which will be open some­time in Fall 2018.

Leslie’s Bio

When I was a child grow­ing up in the Catskill Moun­tains, I would walk to my father’s office at West­ern Union after school to hang out until he closed for the day. It was a pre­cious time for me. Most spe­cial was stand­ing on a chair to reach the counter where my father worked with his cus­tomers. They came in with all kinds of mes­sages –the cel­e­bra­tions of love, mar­riage, birth, and birth­day; the pain of ill­ness, loss, and death; arrange­ments made, changed, and bro­ken. I watched as my kind father helped sad, jubi­lant, con­cerned, and excit­ed peo­ple hone down or reword their urgent mes­sages to both relay what was vital and cut down on (pay-by-the word) words. At a time when I was begin­ning my jour­ney in lit­er­a­cy, see­ing the pow­er of words, par­tic­u­lar­ly my father’s words, grace­ful­ly han­dle the events of life was, itself, a life-form­ing event.

I grew up. I got involved in move­ments for social change dur­ing the 1960s and 1970s. I became a first-grade bilin­gual teacher, an adult ed ESL teacher, a teacher’s teacher. I got a Ph.D. from UCLA in Inter­na­tion­al and Com­par­a­tive Edu­ca­tion. While doing that work, I began to doo­dle. What was first a dis­trac­tion and release, became a pas­sion and neces­si­ty. I doo­dled until I called it draw­ing, and then taught myself com­put­er graph­ics. My train­ing as a rad­i­cal intel­lec­tu­al con­verged with my desire to be an artist. So, here I am with my design4peace project. I draw on my com­mit­ment to move­ments for change, my expe­ri­ence as an edu­ca­tor, my love of image, and on those moments with my father when I learned about com­pas­sion, urgency, and the pow­er of sim­ple mes­sages.

 

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