We Were Strangers Too

The Courage To Leave by Michela Buttignol

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Artist Statement

"I've decided to create this illustration as a necessity to express my vicinity to all the people that everyday form Africa are forced to undertake the most difficult and painful journey of their lives. Women, children's and mans, fight with the see and the cold to get the chance of a better life. A lots of immigrants arrive everyday on the italian costs. As an italian I felt necessary to make a visual comment of this is issue which unfortunately ends up too many times in tragedy." - Michela Buttignol

Born and raised in Northern Italy, Michela Buttignol is a New York-based freelance illustrator whose technological fortitude has enabled her to branch across a variety of mediums. In 2011, she moved to New York to become a freelance illustrator, and since has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Buzzfeed, Plansponsor and other international publications. Her works have been selected for 3X3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration; American Illustration; and Society of Illustrators New York.

About We Were Strangers Too

We Were Strangers Too is a collection of designs showing how diverse and universal the refugee experience truly is. Proceeds support the Anti-Defamation League, the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.