Faith Ringgold is an acclaimed painter, writer, sculptor, performance artist, educator and activist whose body of work highlights her experiences with racism and social injustice.
Vans and MoMA curators worked closely with Ringgold to uplift her feminist poster art including ‘Woman Free Yourself 1971’ which brings bold type to the left side of the Vans Era while ‘Freedom Woman Now 1971’ poster art has been applied to the right side to form the affirmative demands that were called during the arrest of Angela Davis.
Ringgold’s powerful words can be found on a reversible bucket hat and long sleeve tee. A second footwear style, the Classic Slip-On is inspired by Ringgold’s first series of abstract paintings, ‘The Windows of the Wedding’ which was made in the 1970’s. Inscribed on the sidewall is a quote. From Ringgold, printed in her handwriting, that states “My mother said I’d have to work twice as hard to go half as far.”