We had quite a week, last week, with the launch of our artwork being sold as limited edition prints through Pottery Barn!
When WomenWhoDraw reached out to us with an interested from the marketing team at Pottery Barn to use our artwork for their International Women's Day Campaign we were shocked. Firstly to get a direct email from WWD, which for those of you who don't know is an online directory of female illustrators from all around the world, was an honor. We had just gained the courage to submit ourselves to the directory a week before this request came in. That's why when I saw an email about Pottery Barn wanting to work with me, I was shocked! They had seen our line of ladies illustration on instagram via hashtags (they really work!) and wanted to use our artwork to sell two sizes of prints to the whole world!
To top it all off 20% of the proceeds are to go to HerProject, a nonprofit that empowers low-income women working in global supply chains. This organization focuses on health, financial growth, and gender equality for women all over the world. Pottery Barn is a women run company that has been working with this organization for years.
One of the best parts of all of this was to see so many everyday females repost the artwork with a little bit of their own heart and story in the captions about what it means to them to be a woman.
The piece is called Strength Together and the inspiration behind it is simply that. I’ve always been surrounded by strong, incredible women. Women who raise families, who work hard at their careers, who nurture their communities, who bring people together. Growing up and seeing this passion in my family and friends has made me feel lucky to be a woman and to have this community of women around me.
Right now is another moment in history where women are realizing that we are stronger in numbers, and that we leave no one behind. We all want the same things; peace, health, happiness, love. These women, all different, holding hands and walking forward with these symbols between them is a way of helping each other remember why we are so special and what we are capable of. No one can tell us what we can and cannot do.
I hope this piece can bring feelings that focus on the positive nature of these movements right now. We are changing conversations around the world and we are more aware that all our voices are equally important. I also hope it reminds people to love the community of gals they have around them. Every generation has something to offer right now to lead us into a peaceful, loving, happy life.