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Maine artists jump on the Bernie Sanders memes with custom creations

Wed, 01/27/2021 - 10:15am

    Bernie Sanders launched a million memes from President Biden’s inauguration with his practical jacket, oversized patterned mittens, and grumpy expression. He is not just a mood. He is all of us, to a degree. Some Maine artists and makers have jumped on the trend with their own creations from the meme. Check them out.

    Bernie’s Mittens “Mood” Wine Glasses

    Lewiston, Maine

    Bernie Wine Glass.

    The back storyAllison McBride, of Lewiston, has an Etsy shop called popanthro and makes all of her handmade stemless wine glasses to order. After finding a stencil online, and manipulating it a bit, she used her vinyl cutting machine to create the perfect Bernie stencil and transferred it onto her glasses.

    “I saw the Bernie meme going crazy online and I just got the idea to adapt it to what I do,” she said. “It’s mostly been positive.”

    Cost: $10 each. They can be found on her Etsy Shop.

    In her words: “It’s a funny meme and even though I got all different political opinions when I posted it, luckily many people saw the humor in it. I think people are just looking for something to take their mind off things happening in Washington and just have a fun sigh of relief.”

    Hand-poured soy candle “Bernie’s Mittens”

    Wells, Maine


    The back storyAutumn Poulin, creator of DowneastDoodleCandles on Etsy, hand-pours each of her all-natural soy candles. 

    She couldn’t help but have a little fun with the Bernie meme for a limited edition candle. A portion of the proceeds of each candle benefits the Kennebunk Animal Shelter. The scent of this candle is a cozy, balsam fir. She makes her own labels and whipped this one up in no time. With an added bit of sass, she lists the “Bern Time” as 50+ hours.

    Cost: $20 each. She can be reached through her website.

    In her words: “We’re not political at all. Everything is so serious and stressful right now, that I just thought of featuring the mittens as a great way to create something new for these cold days.”

    Miniature Felted Bernie figurine

    Bridgton, Maine


    The back story: Ruth Boisvert, of Bridgton, who operates CryoftheLoomStudio, has always been a needle felter. Inspired by a crocheted miniature Bernie doll that made the national news, she found her inspiration.

    “My background is in fine art and once I saw the little crocheted guy on the national news, I saw that she was selling the pattern on Etsy and I had to try one,” she said.  It takes her about five hours to create each little Bernie.

    Cost: $95.00. Find them on her Etsy shop. Gallery 302 in Bridgton is carrying them as well. 

    In her words: “I don’t see it as a political statement; let’s just be done with politics. I just think he’s a little work of art.” 

    Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com