Women's History Month

March is a month that highlights the incredible achievements of women across all walks of life.  To add our own celebration to the mix, we spoke to the wonderful female illustrators we collaborate with at 1973 to find out what Women's History Month means to them. 

Egg press: 

Egg Press was started in the late nineties by Tess Darrow, born out of the simple desire to develop more beautiful ways to correspond and connect. Based in Portland, Oregon, the brand has grown from a one woman show to a team of 20!!  See their collection here

What female artists are you inspired by?
So many!  But right now, it’s Anni Albert, Otti Berger and Ruth Asawa.  
Who’s your female idol?
Again.  So many.  But if I could have lunch with anyone at all right now, it would be Michelle Obama
What piece of advice would you give your younger self
You can’t do it all, but you can like what you do
What do you love most about being a female?
Laughing with other women

Laura Slater: 

Established in 2007 after graduating from the Royal College of Art, Laura Slater is a print and surface pattern designer and has created a series of very bold letterpress art cards for 1973 which we love. See her collection here.

What female artists are you inspired by? There are so many! I love Betty Woodman who inspired one of my illustrations for my 1973 ltd greetings cards, she used textiles and ceramics in galleries to talk about the importance of them in our homes, something that has inspired my whole way of working. I love Helen Frankenthaler, for her approach to painting and her use of colour, is incredible. I am super inspired by the work of Nikki de Saint Phalle especially her ’Nana’ sculptures, and I really love that she wasn’t a trained artist. I also love Shirley Craven, a Yorkshire textile designer from the mid centuries who used commercial printed textiles, like the canvas of a painting, she was part of a group of Designers called Hull Traders and was one of it’s only female members.

Who’s your female idol? Again, very tough to choose one, but I would have to say Kathleen Hanna. She has been a consistent inspiration since I was a teenager, which is when I first heard music by Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. She is a musician, artist, and activist who pioneered the Riot Grrrl Movement. I loved her DIY ethics and activist approach to making sure women voices were heard, she’s always been unapologetically herself and representative of feminist issues. 

Oh and obviously my Mum too, who has been my biggest inspiration.
What piece of advice would you give your 10 year old self? Be more confident, be more fearless, don’t worry if people don't ‘get’ you just yet, they will in time.
What do you love most about being a female? I think it would have to be, being resilient. I mean, in so many different ways, not just physically and emotionally but in terms of our approaches to relationships, professionalism, creativity, adaptability. I really feel like this is a shared trait amongst women, even if it's usually a journey find it.

Emma Cooter Draws

Our very stylish girl Emma is one half of the 1973 design powerhouse, her playful collection showcases her love of illustration and design. See her offering here. 

What female artists are you inspired by? 
I don’t really have 1 female artist that inspires me, I have lots. The main ones are all the amazingly talented female artists that we at 1973 have had the pleasure of collaborating with, they all have inspired me in different ways.
Who’s your female idol?
Kylie Minogue!!!! 
What piece of advice would you give your 10 year old self?
Be nice to people. Don’t worry too much about what other people think. Take chances. Do what you enjoy. Be brave. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t do anything you are going to regret. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
What do you love most about being a female?

Alice Hoffman 

Based in the Swiss city of Zurich, Alice Hoffman aka Bureau Alice is the latest illustrator to join the 1973 family. Alice's bright, colourful designs are the perfect addition to our already diverse collections. Inspired by her two children, as well as her love of nature, animals and her many travels, she also draws inspiration from 'what's happening in her head in the ten minutes before she falls asleep!' We are delighted to be her UK partner, printing and selling her joyous illustrations from our Brighton studios.

Stay tuned for the launch of her collection, here's what you can expect to see very soon!!!!  

What female artist are you inspired by?
Lisa Congdon, Jade Purple Brown, Malika Favre and for topical reason I am very inspired by the ukrain artist Marija Prymachenko
Who's your female idol? 
For me one of the most inspiring woman is Jessica Walsh. Beside being absolutely  talented she plays very smart with her femininity but pushes herself through the tough creative world and reflecting herself as a beautiful and powerful woman.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Be kind to yourself and to your family.
Do everything the same way again, but have a bit more confidence in yourself. 
Believe in yourself - you will get it.  
What do you love most about being a female?
Being able to manage ten things at the same time 

Carolyn Suzuki: 

Carolyn Suzuki is an LA-based illustrator with a big personality and a head full of bright design ideas. Her fresh playful designs celebrate joy and diversity with bright colour, unique patterns, animal pals and a large dose of humour. Her wonderful inclusive illustrations definitely bring the feel-good factor to your door! See her collection here.

What female artists are you inspired by?
Yayoi Kusama, Sister Corita Kent, Solange Knowles, Barbara Kruger, Jenna Wortham, Jenna Lyons, Martha Stewart, Chaka Khan, Frida Kahlo
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t worry, you’ll find your tribe one da !
What do you love most about being a female?
Our empathy, our ability to hold multiple truths and our tendencies to see the humanity in world.

Steph Burnley:  

Steph Burnley the creative spark who is 'Bonnie & Clyde', is a Brighton based mixed media artist heavily influenced by the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and built up environment.  Her imagined scenes often feature Venice beach palm trees alongside various vibrant architectural buildings. She uses paint, collage and photography to achieve her required look and we are proud as punch to be working with her on a collection of artists sketch books, wrapping papers and stationary products. Here's an insight into her work! 

What female artists are you inspired by?
There are so many brilliant female artists that inspire me from street photographer Helen Levitt who captured New York in such a unique way, Bridget Riley whose works are so transfixing, Rachel Whiteread who has incredible sculptures, Magda Archer who combines fun fashion and satire.
Who's your female idol? 
To name a few ...My grandma Muriel who I spent a lot of my childhood with, Jehnny Beth the musician and multi disciplinary artist and broadcaster, Jenny Holzer artist and Dr Jean Houston writer, orator and human potential expert. They are all super strong and very expressive and articulate women in their fields. Something I admire deeply. 
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Be confident to ask and then to listen. Always allow yourself to daydream as big as you can and know that where you focus your energy, you go … and remember to enjoy yourself along the way. Plus, know everything is always working out for you and you are surrounded by love. I seem to have a lot to say to my young self hah! 
What do you love most about being a female?
Being powerful yet kind, strong but considerate. Or are these just about being human? 
I think women have a capacity to be expressive about their life path and therefore are problem solvers, helpful to others and are often multifaceted. 

Kate Bowden: 

Cut&Make was founded in the German City of Berlin in the summer of 2011 by Kate Bowden, RCA London Graduate. Her exquisite paper cut designs form the basis of her small stationery label which creates specially crafted paper products. See her offering here.
What female artists are you inspired by?
- so many from all different creative  fields - Ray Eames, Bless, Sophie Calle, Rebecca Horn, Kate Bush, Missy Elliott, Bjork, Grace Jones, PJ Harvey, Zadie Smith, Maren Ade…
Who's your female idol? 
Kate Bush, I have always loved her. So uncompromising, and completely herself, her music took risks, was playful, absurd, beautiful and complicated. She started writing her own songs at 11 and was the first woman to have a number one hit in the UK written by herself.
I have a second idol - who is not famous, but I admire and love her greatly - my Godmother - a fearless and independent woman, an artist, gardener and community activist, never shies away from a fight and still up for adventures at 86.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Stop being embarrassed and stop saying sorry about everything and don't worry about not fitting in - its cool to be different and ok to make mistakes.
What do you love most about being a female?
I love being a mother, wife, aunt and good friend...
We really value working with all of our illustrators across the globe to create the incredibly diverse collections we offer. It's been a real pleasure to highlight this important month and finding out what makes our creatives tick. 

...And finally, let's not forget our own fabulous in-house team of women at 1973 who help make the magic happen. 

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