Gallery: Mark Armstrong Peddigrew's 'Rise and Resist' Series Gives Power to the People
By Out.com Editors
Gallery: Mark Peddigrew's 'Rise and Resist' Series Gives Power to the People
Mark Peddigrew, the creative mind behind jewelry label Cartography, isn't content to just design stunning cufflinks and necklaces—he's also always looking out for a good cause to throw his support behind. "Every June and December, I donate a portion of my proceeds to a charity," he explained over email. "Previously, it's been the Ali Forney LGBTQ Youth Shelter in Harlem."
This year, as a direct response to the insane political climate we're all struggling to keep up with, he settled on the New York-based grassroots organization Rise and Resist. To help out the charity, Peddigrew enlisted Venezuelan immigrant and photographer Kathy Boos to shoot portraits of New Yorkers from marginalized groups in the heart Chelsea. In front of coffee carts or inside flower markets, the group modeled his new fist pendant necklace and talked about why they resist.
Click through to see more and head to Cartography to shop and support Rise and Resist.
I started my brand #MuslimModelsMatter because it is so important to see Muslim women as autonomous, capable, and complete women in every sense of the word. As a model, we are subject to immense scrutiny in such a conservative culture and religion. There are so many young women growing up in the world that are free-thinkers, and stifled from exemplifying their beliefs accordingly for fear of violent actions against them. We are no different than any other woman. We have the same hopes & fears. We are mothers, daughters, athletes, independent, and feminine fierce. As an American woman, I have the opportunity to stand up for our women, whether or not they cover, to show that we are not what the general media portrays us as. Misperceptions and misrepresentations are rampant in our society, and it is important to stand up and speak out. It is not what you look like, it is WHO you are inside that counts. We are strong and strong looks different on everyone. Educate, don't hate. One love.
I resist against any form of negative energy. I am able to do so by practicing and teaching martial arts (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) to help students build confidence in a positive environment. I believe in empowering those around me to always see the good before the bad and to continue to spread only good vibes.
I resist against people who have preconceived notions of an individual's personality, whether it's based off of the color of their skin, clothing, or simply how they were brought up in this world. These are the kinds of people that are so negative that the only purpose they serve in life is to be a societal toxin. These people don't deserve any kind of acknowledgement. Therefore, I resist against these people by spreading peace and love to all, and by drowning out the harmful sounds of their negativity through the soothing sounds of my guitar.