Signing my El Corazon de Pan Dulce edition. My trusted Sanrio pencils helping me get the job done. #kawaii #cute #sanrioobsessed
Print now available to buy www.DignidadRebelde.com “El Corazon de Pan Dulce”, Melanie Cervantes,13 x 18 inches, 4-Color, Hand pulled, Screenprint, Cougar Double Thick 160# Paper, Printed in San Leandro CA 2014
El Corazon (de Pan Dulce) is my first take on the popular Loteria iconography. There are 54 uniquely designed cards in game Loteria. The Mexican game of chance holds a a special place in many my heart because I remember raucous games with 54 being played among family members both in Mexico and the U.S.
I created this piece to support the former owner of Casa Latina-Jose Ruiz’s crowdsourced fundraiser, “De Corazon a Corazon”, to be given to donors as a special thank you. I tied the theme of the fundraiser “corazon” to pan dulce because of the bakery at Casa Latina. I have a small number of artist proofs available for sale here on DignidadRebelde.com
"End the Occupation of Palestine" print now released. 18 x 13 inches
4-Color, Handpulled, Screenprint,Cougar Double Thick 160# Archival Paper , Printed in San Leandro, CA 2014
As a Xicana I understand how settler colonialism plays out in the lives of Indigenous peoples all over the world. My political solidarity is built on twos shared experience of displacement and is accompanied by a true commitment to stand by my Palestinian brothers and sisters.
One third of the edition will be donated to support the efforts of Palestinian Youth Movement’s efforts to support the work of Al Nakab Center for Youth Activities in Burj el Barajneh camp in Lebanon. Al Nakab Center is a 100% grassroots youth-organized initiative that is providing educational and cultural activities for Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria, as well as providing a community resource and gathering space for families in the area, filling in an essential gap facing the refugees.
Looking over my boo’s shoulder. He is working on a new print. It’s fun taking a sneak peek @jesusvbarraza #decolonize #dignidadrebelde #screenprint #jesusbarraza
Political Gridlock teaching an DIY method of creative film positives. It involves cooking oil. #screenprinting #ucb #politicalgridlock
Las Brown Berets, Melanie Cervantes, 20 x 26 , 3 - Color, Hand made Screenprint, Mohawk Archival Paper, Printed in Oakland, 2012
Two generations (1990s/Ruth Alejo and 2000s) of Ch/Xicana members of the Watsonville Brown Berets are depicted in this portrait as well as a central portrait of Hilda Reyes a member of the East L.A. chapter of the Berets (early 1970s). I created this piece because the leadership and contribution women make to radical organizations and movements is often eclipsed by male figures. This piece honors these amazing women.
The Brown Berets are a barrio defense committee that emerged in the late 1960s. The Brown Berets focus on community organizing against police brutality and advocate for educational equity. The Brown Berets organized the National Chicano Moratorium in which close to 20,000 Chicanos marched and protested the high casualty rate of Chicanos in Vietnam and the military draft. This peaceful protest became chaotic when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department decided to end the event by attacking attendees. Four Chicano activists were killed (two of them Brown Berets), Gustav Montag, Lyn Ward, José Diaz including journalist Rubén Salazar. #dignidadrebelde #melaniecervantes #brownberets #xicanaart #xicana #chicanaart #chicana #chicanapower #xicanapower
17 years old. I was on the homecoming court. I think what drew me to participating was the opportunity to make art -like a mini float with my friends. And, the opportunity to design a new dress my mom would make for me. Some thing change. Some things don’t. #melaniecervantes #tbt
El Corazon(de pan dulce) sticker pack now available. Five for ten bucks. Check it out at www. DignidadRebelde.com #dignidadrebelde #melaniecervantes #corazondepandulce #elcorazon #27 #loteria #pandulce #chicanaart #chicanoart
Earlier his month was blown away at this amazing photo. I drew the solidarity poster, on the left, three years ago to express my solidarity with the revolutionary spirit of folks in Egypt and Tunisia. I am so happy to see it reach the streets of Cairo as appropriated street art. The ongoing struggle for change in Egypt requires continued struggle and vigilance. #dignidadrebelde #melaniecervantes #egypt #arabspring #arabrevolution#solidarity #streetart #stencil #keizer
Solidarity with the hunger strikers in Arizona who are demanding a halt to deportations and a reunification of families. Detainees on the inside and families and allies on the outside are on the hunger strike. From their statement “The purpose of this Hunger Strike is to demand the release and halt the unnecessary deportation of our loved ones. We also wish to expose the most important piece missing from this debate, the human cost caused by the extraction of members from our community.” #not1more #puentearizona #endthedeportations
Vegan pan dulce. Done. It only took 4 hours. #corazondepandulce
Two colors down on my new Palestine Solidarity print. Thank goodness for my boo who helped me with the last few because I started having sciatica pain. #palestine #vivapalestina #endtheoccupation #solidarity
INSTAGRAM CONTEST—WIN A “EL CORAZON” SCREEN PRINT
FEBRUARY 11 to FEBRUARY 25
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED FEB 28
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Using my day off and celebrating Valentine’s Day by visiting a student occupation at UC Berkeley President Janet Naoplitano former Secretary of Homeland Security. Currently, nine students from the Students of Color Solidarity Coalition are occupying the Blum Center.
Mock up for my next print. Will be playing with over and under printing on this piece.lookig forward to see how it comes together. End the occupation of Palestine. Indigenous Solidarity world wide! #dignidadrebelde #endtheoccupation #vivapalestina #freepalestine #palestinalibre