Michele Pred
#MeTooMission Magazine Issue 1, 2017

Women of Empowerment issuePussy Grabs Back
ChicagoMy Body My Business ActionWage Gaps#LoveNotHate#MyBodyMyVote
ReflectionsNasty WomanVotePred-à-Porter, Pro-Choice Wall
Installation ImageIn Our ShoesRed Cross PurseMy Body My Business purse featured in the NY Times.Roe vs Wade 43rd Anniversary
January 22, 2016Equal PayFeministTimeOut New York

NYLON Magazine
May issue
S Moda Magazine
El Pais (Spain)My Body My Business 2/3Wage GapsFeminist 2/28Pro Choice 8/28My Body My Business#Access 1/28EqualityMy Body My Business #1My Body My Business #2Pro Choice, 2014

Pro-Choice, 2014
Pred-à-Porter (Side 2)

Pro-Choice # 11Pro ChoiceACCESSPro-Choice 
Freedom of ChoiceARTnews, May 2013
Review of Amendment
American Tourister
Miss ConceptionMiss Conception
Miami Herald Magazine
December, 2013Choice

Equal Rights AmendmentTargetedPill Box Hat"Miss Conception" at Art MiamiMiss ConceptionUntitled Dollars no(n)SenseUinted We Stand Purse, #1United We Stand Purse #2Rachel Maddow's blog about "Promote the General Welfare.

United We StandPromote the General WelfareCHOICEParade Against Patriarchy 
Miami Art Week
"Promote the General Welfare"

The title of this series is borrowed from the first line in the US Constitution.
Recent violence aimed at women's health care providers and actions by politicians, leave no doubt that a woman’s right to choose is still under assault and that negative attitudes toward basic health care, like birth control, stubbornly persist. I feel a renewed urgency to defend Pro-Choice and Access to women’s services.

In 1989 I made my first art piece about reproductive rights. Back then, I never would have believed that 25 years later women would have less access to abortion and other critical health services.

I have created several limited edition series of Pred-à-Porter purses. Each unique piece is made using a vintage handbag from the 1950’s or 60’s. I chose purses as my canvas as a way to marry the politically-charged messages of the Pro-Choice movement with representations of women's modern economic power and the possibilities for change that come with it. For me, the use of purses from the mid-twentieth century also calls back to that critical era and reminds us how much has changed and, more importantly, how much has not.

The text on each purse is created using Electroluminescent wire that is lit up using batteries and a small electronic driver that can be set to constant or flash mode. The purses are meant to be carried and serve as small-scale political billboards.

Finally, this body of work is rooted in my formative years growing up in Berkeley, California during the 70’s, where I was exposed to the women’s movement. It is also a continued homage to my father, Allan Pred who inspired the feminist in me at an early age.

Michele Pred 2015