Vera Bee

Vera Bee’s character styling a truly fantastical. Her women in dresses, which is an ongoing challenge that Vera and Emily Carroll do together, giving each other a dress from history to work with and then design a character around them. the way Vera brings personality and individuality to her characters is truly inspiring and although more decorative than functional I do prefer her style of illustration.

Bee’s  women are not plain weak templates of femininity the have personalities which are presented through the use of body language and facial expressions. She shows that femininity within female characters does not make the boring or submissive, it can be just one in a plethora of character trait that one person can posses. Take the girls braiding each others hair for example. The characters are not sexualised or posed in ways to emphasise their boobs or bums rather they’re hunches over, concentrating on the task in front they are women bonding together. These kinds of positive representations of female friendships and femininity are important for girls and women to see. It is them not seeing each other as competition but supporting on another through adversity.

Sources:

http://verabee.com/

http://verabee.com/art

http://www.mediamolecule.com/blog/article/mm_interview_with_vera_bee/

http://defunctfashion.tumblr.com/post/922704525/robe-a-la-polonaise-c-1780

http://defunctfashion.tumblr.com/post/807521634/house-of-lanvin-alex-ceslas-rzewuski-fancy

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Hassan Hajjaj: ‘Kesh Angels

 

“Hajjaj’s work plays with and upends stereotypes, the power of branding, and the familiarity of everyday objects, applying a ‘street-wise’ approach to his layering of influences, items, and cultural signifiers to imbue the work with an electrifying tension. His confident, upbeat portraits of young women wearing  veils and djellabah while posing on motorcycles subvert preconceived notions of Arab women; his subjects are traditionally clad but defiantly modern, bearing bright smiles and the markers of youth, independence, celebration, and fun. As Kelly Carmichael writes in her 2010 essay in Contemporary Practices, “Hajjaj’s approach is to toy with the perceptions of Arabic culture and the relationship between East and West, recasting iconic images and allowing shafts of 21st century light to reenergize the encounter… [while] his practice on inclusion and contrast rarely offers just one aesthetic of theoretical opinion.”

These photographs do well in making you think, as a western audience about the stereotypes portrayed through out our society about middle eastern women. It smashes those stereotypes in a few photographs, showing you a side to Arab women that is not usually seen.

Sources:

http://www.taymourgrahne.com/exhibitions/hassan-hajjaj-and39kesh-angels#5

MARK

” Manchester creative studio MARK has designed a set of stickers for Johnson & Johnson that celebrate everyday items invented by women, from windscreen wipers and chocolate chip cookies to the fire escape.

The stickers will be placed around Johnson & Johnson’s head office in Berkshire to raise awareness of International Women’s Day on March 8. The company is hosting a series of events to mark the date and wanted to increase staff engagement.

“We were given an open brief to devise a simple, impactful and quick to produce idea that would engage staff interest and create a curiosity about the day itself and the history behind it,” says MARK creative director Mark Lester. “People are then informed about specific events mostly through email,” he says.

Eight stickers have been designed in total and each uses elements of a visual system MARK created for Johnson & Johnson late last year – the studio also designed office graphics, induction packs, internal communications and iconography (see more pics on MARK’s website).

It’s a simple yet effective solution, and while it’s a shame the stickers won’t be appearing elsewhere in the UK, Lester says they will be applied to various desks, doors, kettles and other spaces at J&J’s headquarters.”

What MARK has done here is a very ingenious way of informing people about female inventors by integrating it into their lives via stickers on mundane objects, creating and easy to replicate form of informing the public.

Sources:

http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/march/mark-stickers-womens-day

http://markstudio.co.uk/

Embroidery

Embroidery, is a craft that seems to be going out of fashion, however artist like the ones above have used both embroidery and cross stitch to create such marvellous pieces of work. Embroidery has been use as an illustrative art form within these pieces and has become a form of expression. These pieces can be informative and highly decorative and they cove multiple ranges of the styles and different techniques and materials used in contemporary embroidery today.

Sources:

https://criticalsloth.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

http://www.flickr.com/photos/luckyjacksonart/

http://www.luckyjackson.ca/

http://fuckyeahembroidery.tumblr.com/post/26633177506

www.mer-ow.tumblr.com

http://newyorkkittyart.blogspot.com/

http://cajunmama.tumblr.com/post/15883995556/bees-world-crewel-embroidery-by-flossbox

http://zarkadian.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-summer-of-embroidery-pt2.html#.UxYigF6Kd8c

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeptemberHouse?ref=seller_info

http://www.mrxstitch.com/category/hand-embroidery/

http://www.flickr.com/people/meltedsquirrel/

http://ingejacobsen-inge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://fuckyeahembroidery.tumblr.com/post/4362592071

http://fuckyeahembroidery.tumblr.com/post/7809665887

Sagaki Keita

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“All things are composed of whole and part. For instance, The human body is built from 60 trillion cells. Moreover, Every matter is formed by an atom or a molecule. When all people live in this world, everybody belong to some organization such as a family, school, company and nation, even if we are unconsciousness. Let’s broaden your horizons. Your country is part of nations all over the world. And, The solar system including our planet is a part of the Galaxy. However, the concept of “ whole and part” is not fixed. It’s in flux. If we interpret from a different viewpoint, the wholeness which we defined is converted into the partialness. Domain in the relations of both, it never ends. The concept of my creation is the relations of borderless “whole and part”. As I draw a picture in this concept, I want to express conflict and undulation from relations of “whole and part”, cannot be measured in addition and subtraction (The whole in the grand total of the part, and the Part by the whole division.)”

Sagaki’s work not only contrast which are seen as though away doodles with theses wonderful masterpieces but it creates a harmony between what are seen as two juxtaposing art forms, the classical drawn art and the more modern and less structured illustrative art form.

Sources:

http://sagakikeita.com/

http://beautifuldecay.com/2013/03/18/keita-sagakis-classical-drawings-made-out-of-thousands-of-doodles/