Another incredible International Women’s Day (IWD) has come again, and I am left feeling inspired, empowered, and overwhelmingly emotional. The flood of posts on social media of people expressing gratitude for the female-identifying in their lives, and the march that was walked from Hindmarsh Square to Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga combined to make the ladies of Adelaide feel as important as we are.
It’s important to be intersectional when celebrating ladies, respecting that not all of us have the same genitalia, and that doesn’t invalidate their gender. We are different shapes and sizes, we belong to different religions and faiths, we are different colours, and we have different sexual orientations.
And we all deserve to be cheered on.
Primarily shooting on film, Cherry’s photos mostly focus on young women, landscapes, and nature. Her work is an ode to the simple and gorgeous things in life – flowers in front yards, curly hair, women’s bodies, the beach, and multi-coloured buildings.
Find her on Instagram at @indigo_go_gadget
Chloe Jade Miller
Not only a Jane Birkin lookalike and a lover of all things vintage, Miller is a photographer, stylist, and graphic designer. No biggie. Everything she is involved in has a strong 70’s touch, distinctly ‘Chloe’. As well as contributing for both YEWTH and teo magazines, Miller has created logos for local musicians like Druid Fluids. Miller is making her way up and through the art world.
Founder of ‘Girl Space’ and an artist herself, Gentgall works with watercolours and focuses on exploring the connection between girls and nature. Gentgall’s baby, Girl Space, is a collective and safe space for female and female-identifying artists in Adelaide.
Kammer is an Adelaide-based painter who works with oil paint and charcoal. Her latest paintings include graphic depictions of endometriosis, as Kammer chooses to explore and open discussion toward the human condition. The artist is proof of how intimate and beautiful a woman creating art about women is.
Azin’s paintings are a nod to her Filipino-Iranian background; her pieces that ‘creat(ing) a balanced dialogue on the importance of connection with heritage and identity.’ She works primarily with paint, but also uses collage to tell stories and put across messages of protest. Proof of this is a piece with ‘we have to change something’ written in capitals in her collection ‘Kalahati Kidz’.
Adelaide’s very own ‘it girl’. Ainscough has a keen eye for beautiful things. When it comes to film, she ensures she focuses her work around women of colour, representing what Hollywood so often seems to miss. When interviewed last year (LINK), Ainscough mentioned she wants to give her characters the ‘privilege of being bored’ onscreen, which is both a simple and huge step for women of colour in film.
Find her on Instagram at @joainscough
Valamanesh is a local filmmaker, who, like Ainscough, is committed to representation. Her short film ‘Layla’s Sunflower’ is the picture of innocence and proof that what this local babe has to offer is nothing short of special. Valamanesh is also currently working on a female comedy web-series, so keep your eyes peeled!
Find her work on YouTube here.
Graduating from design alongside Miller in 2016, McGrath is also an artistic package deal. Having a background in visual art as well as photography, McGrath is inspired by nature and women. Much of her work is filled with light colours, patterns, and inspiring quotes, and loves adding personal touches to create intimacy between artist and audience.
Does this lady even need an introduction? Maidza continues to be a poster girl for all things incredibly cool, chic, and boundary-pushing – in the best way. Continuing her success with her latest self-titled album, ‘TKAY’, Maidza’s song Tennies was featured this Paris Fashion Week in Stella McCartney’s show. Incredible. Adelaide art babes come through!
Find her on Instagram @tkaymaidza
Lili Harrison and Ruby Healey
These two ladies created Culture Club Magazine, continuing to prove that #PrintIsNotDead. The first edition of the magazine came out in late 2016, featuring artists nation-wide, as well as local babes Isabella Whittaker, Indigo Cherry, and Jo Ainscough. The magazine is focused on youth for youth; including poetry, interviews, recipes, photography, mixtapes, opinion pieces, and much more. Think of these ladies as the next Tavi Gevinsons.
Header image via @shannacreative on Facebook.