The Pen and Ink Brigade is a group of women* artists turned activists, who have joined forces, and are using our art to create progressive change. In addition to our political goals, our mission is to raise the visibility of women artists in a world where we are often marginalized.

* While we intentionally highlight women, we invite gender marginalized,

trans, and non-binary artists to work with us in community


Recent events highlight the fragility of democracy. Our congressional midterm elections are just around the corner, and free and fair elections are on the line. We will be raising funds to help protect the vote. We are gearing up for the next Pen + Ink Brigade project, DRAW THE LINE, a fundraising art sale. All proceeds go to support EMILY'S LIST, an organization dedicated to electing a diverse group of pro-choice, progressive Democratic women to office.

Introducing Our Board that made DRAW THE LINE possible.


Carin Berger is an award winning designer, and author/illustrator of over a dozen picture books. Her cut-paper collages and dioramas are made with scraps of old books, letters and receipts, and she can’t pass up a good piece of ephemera. Carin is a founding member of the Pen and Ink Brigade, a group of women artists dedicated to creating progressive change with their art. She is the dreamer who conceived of the BLUE WAVE PROJECT and PINK NYC + PINK SF. Carin has received The Original Art Founder’s Award for her illustrations for Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, and The Little Yellow Leaf, which she wrote as well as illustrated, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. She has been awarded the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award and the Best of Show from 3 x 3 Magazine for the International Children’s Book Show. Recent books include: All of Us, a celebration of the power of family, community and love; and A Curious Menagerie which is a festive romp through collective nouns. Carin’s work has been included in numerous exhibits and she has given talks and led art and creativity workshops for kids and adults around the world.


Brooklyn artist Kristen Balouch is the author/illustrator of a handful of children’s books which have been recognized by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Society of Illustrators, SCBWI, and others. Her work has spanned over thirty years inspired by the universal themes in folk art and color play. She has collaborated with the Guggenheim Museum, along with various licensing partners, fabric manufacturers, and product makers. Her work has also been seen in the New York Times, Bologna Children's Book Fair, Print Magazine, Communications Arts and solo and group shows. She is the founder of Little Blue Mushroom Literary Agency, bringing poetic image-makers to the children’s book market and has served on the Banks Street Children's Book Committee and now on the board of the Pen & Ink Brigade. Kristen is also a professor of Illustration Business at Pratt Institute in Associates Degree Department.
Meanwhile, she is on a mission to find new ways to bring art into the world and do good. 

With special thanks to 


and our
Participating Artists