Lucy Tammam

“Hand crafted using traditional couture techniques. Tammam works with artisans in India and Nepal to create fabrics and embellishments for designs. Since 2012 each garment is hand crafted in the Tammam Bloomsbury Atelier, aiming to bring back bespoke, made to measure clothes for a new generation and reinvigorate the traditional sewing skills that have been lost to fast throw away fashion.”

Lucy Tammam, award winning creative director of London's cult couture fashion atelier has been an innovator in ethical and sustainable fashion for over a decade. Graduating from Central St Martins, being told that no one cares about Fair Trade or recycling, she didn't listen and went on to found the Tammam label in 2007, showcasing and wholesaling high end ethically produced fashion collections across the globe.

In 2009 Lucy launched the first fair trade ready to wear wedding dress collection and in 2012 opened Atelier Tammam, a bespoke only fashion studio using her unique sustainable"From fibre to finishing" supply chain working with artisans in India and Nepal to create one of a kind fabrics and embellishments for her designs. 

Caroline Halliday

“You cannot detach social and political implications from an object.

Women and Nature (The Roaring Inside Her) by Susan Griffin(1978) has been called “perhaps the most extraordinary nonfiction work to have merged from the matrix of contemporary female consciousness—a fusion of patriarchal science, ecology, female history and feminism, written by a poet who has created a new form for her vision" (Adrienne Rich).

Susan Griffin shows how the system for domesticating/training animals have direct parallels in the 'socialising' of women.  Halter, Bridle and Bit deconstructs the bra, to present this idea.

As an artist I continue to explore how objects can be deconstructed so their symbolic connotations emerge or are contradicted.  I take things to pieces or cut them with a jigsaw -chairs, drawers, earth, ironing boards, books, language, fairy tales, and filmic images/text- and question their many facets - patriarchal, gendered or heteronormative - using a feminist gaze, to re-frame them."

Tugba Kop

"My aim is to create awareness of song lyrics that play into rape culture. These often go unnoticed, yet the ideas become so engrained in our culture. 

By hijacking the iconic aesthetic of the popular music video for Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', I have transformed the simple layout and hashtag to serve a different purpose.”

I am a BA (Hons) Illustration graduate from Kingston University. You can find me and my sewing machine in the outer suburbs of London.

My work is very textile based, but everything starts with the good old fashioned pencil and paper! Observational drawing is at the foundation of everything I do. I combined my sewing abilities with my passion for drawing and this is what happened! I work at Sew Over It, a sewing cafe in Clapham London, I teach Machine Embroidery classes there and also illustrated the sewing patterns and kits that we produce."

Seana Wilson

I collaged  these images of strong women and feminist women with images of Sheela na gigs. The women from popular culture I chose have been vilified by social media and the press for being outspoken, ageing, sexually autonomous and for being feminists. The distortion resembles censorship, as these women have had pressure to stop them from speaking out. 

The Sheela na gig looks to me as if the figure is shouting with her vagina. The women I have collaged with this figure are women who have been oppressed by people trying to silence them. These new hybrid images of women who have been hassled are turned into goddess-like figures, powerful witches with magical shouting cunts, making connections throughout social, political and art history to the current struggle to be free of sexism and patriarchy.

Cecile Emmanuelle Borra

Cécile Emmanuelle Borra is a French born, London based artist, graduate of Goldsmiths College. Much of her work explores notions of "desire" and examines the commodification of the body, investigating the supremacy of the gaze by trying to re-locate it onto a phallic symbol. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally, including selected solo show "Kaleidoscopes" at Sketch (London) and group shows "Helmut Newton Ladies Nights" at the Royal Academy (London), "Uncut", ICA (London), "Liminal", Camberwell Space (London), "Re-Sign", K-salon Gallery (Berlin), "Where The Men Met", Kulturhuset (Stockholm) and "Some Like It Wrong", Nuovo Cinema Palazzo, Rome. Residencies and grants include AA2A at Chelsea College of Arts (London), ULTRAMICHKA (Pau), Firstsite (Colchester) and NFK (Stockholm).

Gemma Nelson

“Highly obsessive and organic in construction, my paintings weave like cells, creating delicate chaotic tapestries in response to various themes such as female sexuality, fairytales and notions of webbing and nets.

In other works patterning and totemic tattoos are very strong influences.

Using Indian inks and mixed media on canvas, her paintings are high pitched in colour, creating illusionary spaces, surfaces and worlds that are both resonant and abstract.  

My paintings are objects of condensed time, also suggesting disruption, mutation and beauty.”

Gemma Nelson was born 1984, in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She moved to London in 2003 where she attended the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and graduated in 2007.

Since 2010 Gemma Nelson has been represented by VEGAS in East London and had her first solo show, Hello Carousel with them in July 2011.

She has shown work with them internationally in Amsterdam and Brussels as well as group exhibitions in London. In 2011 Gemma Nelson was selected to exhibit work at the Dulwich Picture Gallery Bicentenary Exhibition. Gemma Nelson currently lives and works in London.

Helena Kauppila

“The piece Silent Courage is a new direction for Kauppila's soft sculptures.  Intermixed with traditional yarn is safety reflector material that reflects light directly back to its source and no where else.  In daylight, the sculpture looks similar from all angles.  In a room lit with artificial light, however, slight variations in position can result in drastic differences in how the sculpture looks.  Thus two people standing very close to each other can still not be certain that they are seeing at all the same thing, and explaining ones experience to the other can become a near impossibility.  The piece serves as a reminder that to be an individual is in a certain sense a sacred act and that it requires courage, because one must come to reconcile that ones life can never fully be explained to another.”

Kauppila holds a Ph.D. in probability theory from Columbia University, and is the recipient of the Reginald Marsh and Meyers Marsh Scholarship at the Art Students League on New York.  Her studio is located in Berlin, Germany.

Diane Goldie

Diane has turned her hand to most crafts and arts over her 50 years on the planet, delighting in crocheting odd animal/human mix ups and splendid performance artists.

She trained as a Fine Artist and painter, with a keen eye for colour and spent her early years as a scenic artist, copying Old Masters as part of her daily job.

She delights in the quirky, and oddball, finding joy in sewing fetuses from flesh coloured velvet and cotton jersey, or painting and embroidering graffiti.

c.Art came as a reaction to the ostracizing of craft techniques from the fine art world ( Diane thanks Grayson Perry for his contribution in bringing the crafter back to art) and was conceived as the place where humble craft meets pompous Art.

Erica Bohr

“This current body of work, The Abject Psychosphere, 2014, comprises a collection of digital drawings, which seek to interrogate violence and abuse against women and children. 

The female hyena acts as the key cipher across different modes of operation as the locus of radical lesbian feminist identity and serves as a metaphor for hybridity, alchemy and flux.

The hyena also performs a shamanic function, serving as a conduit for the unconscious and the artist’s polyglot South African origins.”

Erica Böhr's multi-media, inter-disciplinary fine art practice is concerned primarily with identity politics.  Her practice critiques the social construction of gender and how gender is performed in a patriarchal matrix, where women are born into the insubordinate sex class.  Her practice is unapologetically political and encompasses text, performance, drawing, video and installation. She graduated in 2011 from Cambridge School of Art and currently lives and works in Berlin.

Hannah Hurst

“This new body of work is about how women have treasured, honoured and archived their every-day family textiles and hand-made utilitarian objects while keeping them both in shadow and alive through story telling. In some respects women 'conceived' the importance of object and story and this enables younger generations to value the past and continue to develop new feminist art.

I have been unravelling, folding, pleating and pocketing memories. Each piece is like a puzzle fragment waiting to be pieced together so that the whole story, partially or fully, can be made into an artwork that has a presence. This allows the viewer to 'conceive', acknowledge or access memories.

There were few stories told to me during my childhood and I had to listen carefully or observe behaviours, moods and feelings to enable me to glean some sort of meaning from my existence. There were feathers that came from Lithuania with my grandparents in 1890 and the only story that I know about them is that they were sewn into various bits of clothing during their journey to South Africa. I loved them and could feel, even as a child, their importance. The many pieces of textile memorabilia that have been around me in the past and still are in the present, inspiring me to develop this new body of work.

She goes to the back of the shop and returns with an old, broken wooden drawer brim full. The contents of the drawer spill out on to the counter and there are small packages of her life’s interests in fabric, purses and labeled paper bags. In itself each paper bag is beautiful and has a handwritten label saying ‘experimental pattern for lace’, ribbon from k’s dress’, ‘grandma’s lace collars and cuffs’, etc. At long last she again goes to the back of the shop and comes out with a very old and broken suitcase tied together with thick string There isn’t a private place inside the shop to sort through it, but I soon forget where I am.  I pick out a half embroidered tea cloth with a threaded needle attached, and a paper bag containing all the thread she would have used to finish the cloth. There are odd knitting needles, some broken, tins of pins both short and long, and a rusty hand-made pincushion. This installation is to honour an unknown woman’s life, a life in a suitcase. She is nameless and her treasures were left to rust in a broken drawer.In some ways this need to honour is part of my own life – the love of things that tell a tale.

Irtifa Ali

I am Irtifa Ali. I am a vivacious and free spirited individual who learns from experiences and loves the evolutionary process that the Universe leads. I thrive to be a part of radical and creative community where I can exchange my observations, ideas, lessons and at the same time learn from others. Life is all about learning and evolving. My life goal is to help the humanity and various parts of the deprived society with my creative voice and thus contribute towards a brighter society. I constantly seek opportunities to use my skills to highlight important issues, help and inspire people and bring more positivity in this world. So I like to introduce myself as a visual artist. I have completed by BA(Hons) in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from University of West London. My Final Major Project artwork entitled “Raw Nude” has been exhibited at FILIA Art Show in September 2013. The following month the very same works have been exhibited in Feminism in London Annual Conference. From 21st March to 23rd May the they have been exhibited at a Feminist event called “ARTIST’S LUNCH” at Waterloo in London.

I am currently working as Senior Visualizer at Change Communications where I manage a team of creatives and mostly do branding and design strategy related work.

WHY DID I PICK GRAPHIC DESIGN

My first interest in arts began when I watched my elder brother drawing and painting in his leisure time. Then I had the opportunity to join an Arts school which deepened my desire in arts and design field. As I journeyed from teenage to adulthood I realised that I have a very vivid and active imagination. All my dreams, aspirations, observations and thoughts I want to bring in this three dimensional world using my creativity. No wonder that art and design gives me immense power to create , to communicate and to visually express myself. I am happiest when I am a part of a dynamic, open and creative endeavor. I strongly advocate that we all should do what we really feel at our core to do each day. So I picked Graphic Design as my profession where I can translate my thoughts using technical and modern technology and easily reach out to the mass.

MY INSPIRATIONS

Life and its various facets are my main sourcse of inspiration. Nothing can be a better teacher than life. I make sure to notice tiny nothings that I come across everyday as they can bear such powerful seeds of inspiration.Furthermore, studying at University of West London and living independently in London have been both challenging and exciting. I was exposed to the multi-cultural communities, galleries, exhibitions, Opera, Musicals, etc. which have inspired and intrigued me both visually and mentally. At UWL, I was introduced to artists and designers such as Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Lizitsky, Alan Fletcher, Josef Müller Brockman, Wim Crouwell, Noma Bar etc. whose works ignited fire inside me to try unconventional style and ideas. Understanding the concepts of art movements such as Surrealism, Cubism, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, etc. have been key factors that have helped me to develop my own design sense and style. Slowly slowly as I worked in large organisations and with extremely talented people, I have been able to indentify my signature style as a creative individual and choose to take it forward.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

My own design philosophy is to be unconventional and simplistic. Every work of an artist and designer is a print of himself- a shadow of himself. There is nothing wrong in taking inspiration but we should thrive to create original concept and bring different flavour with our work.

METHODS THAT I USE

I love working on print media and use collaging, sketching, prints, etc. to create unique designs.

Alex Florschutz

“My art is all about Liberating the Feminine. My paintings capture the symbolic essence, the energy, the sensual juiciness of the vulva; they are evocative rather than literal. Each painting is an individual representation of an energetic process to celebrate and empower the Feminine.

The female reproductive system and genitalia are the most impressive parts of being a woman and yet they have been the most shamed, abused and violated. Women have become sexualised objects, where external features define a woman as ‘good enough’ for the male gaze and any natural bodily functions are suppressed or extensively sanitised. The vulva/vagina, in particular, is still seen as shameful, dirty or ‘looks wrong’ and the expectation is that only a man can ignite its pleasure. I am here to bust that myth. I believe that as women cultivate a positive relationship with their divine source, they discover the power of their intuitive compass as a way to navigate life.”

Alex Florschutz MA, (HPC Reg.) is a professional artist living and working in the South of England. She is renowned for her beautiful evocative paintings, her use of tactile media and her infamous Pink Tent Installation which travels the country inspiring people about the new Feminine. She explores the fundamental aspects of being a Woman: feminine sexuality, cycles, empowered birth, and our intuitive, creative expression. Inspiring women to heal mind, body and spirit from the patriarchal legacy through acquired knowledge, self respect and celebrating our dreams and desires with pleasure! Alex is a registered Art Psychotherapist with a wide range of experience working with adults and children. She enjoys supporting clients find their inner wisdom through creative expression and move through any life issue towards greater clarity. 

Elizabeth Gordon

“Say No To Non-State Torture. It Is Her Right To Be Free” 

Lino-cut ink print on paper 2011. Purple print 2015 

I created my poster for a UN European poster competition in 2011 on the theme “Say NO to violence against women and girls” to raise awareness as a survivor that non-State torture is a specific form of violence against women and girls and needs recognition. 

Non-State torture is torture perpetrated in the home and other private places. www.nonstatetorture.org 

My inspiration came from the lino-cut prints by Brazilian artist Octavio Roth of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that are displayed along a wall inside the UN building in Geneva. 

My poster goes everywhere in activism with me! 

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