The Pacifist (Peace Design)


The Pacifist (Peace Design) is inspired by the city of Wollongong. 

The designer comes from a Syrian refugee background and has lived through and survived the Syrian civil war, one of the most notorious wars in this century. Many humans lost their lives, lost their loved ones, lost their properties because they happened to be born in a place that was doomed to cater for the greed of the rich and powerful. Upon arriving to Wollongong, the designer witnessed the harmony among residents in practice. Wollongong, a multicultural city with diverse population, pains a picture of peace and love, where regardless of what someone identifies as or comes from, can still make their dreams come true.

The Arabic calligraphy writing "السلام يوحدنا" is the literal translation of "Peace unites us." A simple and direct message encouraging people to love and care for each other as this unity strengthen us as a community.

Arabic writing is usually viewed with suspicion and fear as many people associate it unjustifiably with terrorism. Thus, through showing the beauty of Arabic writing and Arabic calligraphy via printing it on hippie T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, canvas, tote cotton bags, and mouse pads; we hope to change the perception of Arabic writing towards admiration and appreciation.