Nan Fulcher’s greatest achievement as a graphic designer is small enough to fit on a license plate. In fact, it will potentially be on a license plate.
The League of Women Voters of North Carolina recently held a competition, asking artists to submit their design for a specialty license plate they hope to create. Fulcher, owner of Pie Chart Graphic Design, was named the winner.
âI can’t even describe it,â said Fulcher, who is a freelance graphic designer. âIt’s the most important thing in my life right now, and I was so proud. And it goes beyond that. It’s not just like, ‘Oh, I always enter graphic design contests and I just happen to win this one.’ It touches on so many things because it comes from my professional artistic life and it’s also part of my life as an activist and the fundamental things that I believe in and fight for. It touched a lot of things. “
Carolyn Lyons, who chairs the license plate committee, said, âWe loved Nan’s design for its overall ‘wow’ factor and the historical significance behind it. Nan’s inspiration was drawn in part from US government posters of World War II encouraging American women to work for victory.
Fulcher has said for years that she advocates for fair representation and democracy, and is involved in her community and has even traveled to the General Assembly to share her voice and participate in rallies. Through this involvement, she became familiar with the NC League of Women Voters.
âThese accomplished and talented women have taught me a lot of valuable things about advocacy and inspired me to support multiple causes including the franchise, public education and racial equity,â Fulcher said in a statement. release about its design. âFor the specialty license plate representing the North Carolina Chapter of the League of Women Voters, I wanted to convey the women behind the League’s relentless efforts to support the democratic process: their strength of character, their sense of purpose and their bond of brotherhood. . “
Fulcher, who has a doctorate and a scientific career, said she had started graphic design on her own, saying she was “untrained”. The fact that her design was chosen to appear on the license plate, she said, confirmed her decision to continue with the design.
âThere’s that kind of legitimacy that says, ‘Wow, that was a big change. I really did the right thing, âsaid Fulcher, who primarily does design work for nonprofits, but hopes this recognition will expand his client base.
She said the design of the plate came to her in waves. She tried generic ideas, like a dynamic looking urn. Fulcher wasn’t happy with the idea, so she started to think about what people consider when choosing a license tag for their vehicle. She wanted to come up with something that people could relate to.
âIt was clear to me that the image had to be meaningful to women and men who want to support women,â Fulcher said. “So it must be women, right?” This is where it comes from. And then I was thinking, how do you represent the diversity of women and that sort of thing. This is where the concept of having a variety of women represents it. Other women will want to encourage other women to vote through this plaque. Just because they see it as women and there is this bond of brotherhood and so forth, just because they recognize it in the conception. That’s when I was like, âYeah, I know I’m going in the right direction. It was just the nuance of how to show it, and kind of a show marching towards something.
Fulcher said his family – especially his 14-year-old son – played a key role in helping him create his design for the license plate, sometimes in direct terms. But she said their perspective was valuable in keeping her engaged with the project.
âThey are more than the peanut gallery,â she said. âThey are the essential editing voice that keeps you from getting lost in the thing. Sometimes they say to me: “Are you aware that it really looks like a strange yellow?” I’m not doing it because I’ve been watching it for seven days.
âThe person I rely on the most is my 14 year old son. He has an eye for design that I’ve discovered over the years, and his gut reaction to anything I show him is kind of a touchstone to me.
With the design unveiled, the League now brings together prepaid applications. A minimum of 500 must be collected before League leaders can approach the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles to request license plate clearance.
For each $ 30 specialty plate purchased or renewed each year, NCDMV will keep $ 10, and the remaining $ 20 will go to LWVNC, who will use the proceeds to cover the cost of access to VOTE411.org to voters in North Carolina. League leaders believe North Carolina would be the first U.S. state to boast a League specialty plaque. League membership is not required to apply for an LWVNC Specialty Plate.
Learn more and apply on: https://my.lwv.org/north-carolina-state/lwvnc-specialty-license-plate
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization promoting informed and active participation in government. It influences public policies through education and advocacy.