The meaning of the peace symbol has morphed over time but remains an enduring sentiment of hope for a better world in the face of darkness. Originally conceived by graphic designer Gerald Holtom in 1958 as a visual to accompany marches for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK, it was also a symbol of despair; Holtom writes “I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya's peasant before the firing squad.” Although specifically designed for the anti-nuclear movement it has quite deliberately never been copyrighted. No one has to pay or to seek permission before they use it. A symbol of freedom, it is free for all.
The symbol has accompanied generations of protests from nuclear weapons to the Vietnam war, and we hope it remains as a mark of optimism in this season of tumult and social transformation.
In the PeaceFace collection Dangle Supply offers an interpretation of the peace symbol that reminds us all to love, relax, laugh and remember that peace is a practice that you can wear on your face every day.