The Bead Politics of Beadtopia
BEAD SHOP TURNS IT'S STORE WINDOW INTO A POLITICAL CARTOON ON THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE
S & A Beads, a small gift and bead boutique in Takoma Park, MD has created what may be the first political cartoon this election season made almost entirely of beads. Its latest store window portrays the leading figures of this weird presidential contest - Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders - under the banner of the Republic of Beadtopia. The word balloons above the bobble headed figures reflect the character and positions of each of the candidates:
The main characters are surrounded by smaller figures made from beads carrying placards which echo the great issues of the day. Some examples:
- Bernie (hands outstretched): Beads for everybody.
- Hillary (holding a strand of broken pearls): I can fix it.
- And Donald, (standing next to some really big beads): My beads are huge.
- Black beads matter,
- Insurance coverage for crystal healing,
- All beads all bathrooms,
- Give beads a chance,
- We will have a bead on the moon by the end of this decade.
And many more. The closer you look the funnier it gets. Says Cheryl Moody, senior artist at S & A Beads and the designer of the window, "The election news is so depressing, I felt I had to do something to lighten my own mood." According to Larry Silverman, owner of S & A, "Our customers really love it. Many have suggested additional placards. I am very proud of the wit and the craftsmanship evident in this shop window."
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