Part three of our "Seven Female Artists" series shows illustrators from around the world. Meet creative masterminds like Jade Purple Brown or Marie Sann sharing unique drawings with us.
The New York-based visual artist uses vivid colors and strong female figures in her work, which are amongst others used for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands. But most importantly, through her designs she wants to encourage people to be as bold as her colors, to be optimistic, strong and free. Especially in these cold December days, looking at her vibrant art is refreshing to the eye.
Flavie Eidel’s art tackles so many important topics at once. The photographer, illustrator, and self-acclaimed motivation giver is using her emotions to portray social justice issues in her art, to connect the heart and the brain, so to say. She talks openly about mental illness and deals with her borderline disorder through her designs. Her art is dominated by strong women representing diversity in all its beauty.
Effy is a professional nail technician here in Berlin, but she also expands her art beyond nails. For example, she created a little zine called Must Be The Pheromones, where she takes a satirical look at the everyday experiences of many women, not only in Berlin. And really, who of us hasn’t experienced guys trying to hit on us on the dance floor, being far too loud, or - the classic - telling us to smile more.
The discussions about abortion in law and society are unfortunately still very heated today. In her art, Caitlin Blunnie focuses on issues surrounding reproductive justice, and women owning their bodies in any way possible; her illustrations are about consent, appearance, and accessibility to the necessary health car. Politically critical and fierce and with a sense of dark humor, her illustrations are matching the spirit of this time.
With her project Kinky Karrot, Marie Sann is making a stand for sexual self-discovery, especially for young women. She wants to open up a discussion and break the stigma around female sexuality. Her goal is to inspire girls to own their sexuality, to know that what they feel is valid, and having desires is nothing to be ashamed about. Sann’s illustrations are both playful and stong and show, that every body is unique and beautiful - and that we’re not alone.
What’s most noticeable about Isabelle Schernus’ illustrations is the dynamic way in which they were drawn. Her characters brought to life in various styles and techniques - from watercolor to digital drawings - are characterized by a dynamic play of light and texture. This style translates very well in some of her illustrations for children's books, as well as various beautiful to look at hidden object scenes (“Wimmelbilder”).
Hilde Atalanta is probably most known for their project The Vulva Gallery. With this, the Amsterdam-based illustrator created an educational and safe platform, celebrating body diversity. As the media is lacking adequate representation of what a vulva can look like, insecurities through comparison are too often the case. On their Instagram-Page, Atalanta pairs illustrations with the stories behind them.
Text by Stefanie Regina Dietzel
Preview Image Jade Purple Brown