Rebel Girls - A magical collaboration, and a must have book!
In this article, I'm going to introduce you to a little bit about the Rebel Girls brand, the collaboration, and the purpose of this exchange.
I wish you a very good reading, and I give you an appointment at the end of the article.
REBEL GIRLS: WHAT IS IT?
It is an American brand that mixes education and entertainment in the to inspire and impact the women of tomorrowand this from the youngest age (+6). To do this, Rebel Girls offers books, podcasts and toys. Created by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo in 2016, the brand now has 4 books. The latest: "Good night stories for rebel girls: 100 real Tales of Black Girl Magic"The book was edited by Lilly Workneh Sonja Thomas, Jestine Ware, and Diana Odero. In addition to a foreword written by Ms. Cashawn Thompsonwhich is none other than theinstigator of the #BlackGirlMagic movement.
AN ENRICHING AND SIGNIFICANT COLLABORATION.
For this edition, Rebel Girls has decided tohonoring black women with black women. All by black women, and for black women. So I had the honor of being part of the 64 black women illustrators chosen from all over the world for the realization of the 100 portraits. (I'm not telling you the joy and pressure).
For this issue, my mission was to illustrate Viola Desmond. Except that not knowing her, my first reflex was to look for who she was, her history, her achievements, difficulties, ...
After some researchI imagined this woman in the situation/position that had most marked and inspired me. I had to mix facts with energies in order to portray her in the most accurate way. For those who are familiar with my work (otherwise appointment here)I usually focus much more on the face and its features than on the surroundings. (C'is due to the fascination I have for the features of the human face). That said, for this project, the background was just as important as the person. It was an opportunity for me to work a little on my skills in the landscape to create context. After a few tries and modifications, I was very divided. Between the satisfaction to be out of my comfort zone, and the frustration due to my acute perfectionism.
However, everything evaporated and was replaced by joy when I had the book in my hands.
This collaboration allowed me to highlight theimportance of positive representation. Not to mention the duty we Black women have to live our passions fully without filters, without limitations. If we do not participate in diversifying this representation, it will be emptied, flattened, watered down by minds and intentions far from our realities.
GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS: THE PERFECT BEDSIDE BOOK FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN NEED OF A DIVERSE AND VARIED REPRESENTATION OF BLACK WOMEN.
240 pages, 100 portraits, and a few activities, that's technically what's in this book. However, from theloveof theinspirationof the forceof the softness and the beauty That's what I found in this book. If you are the parent, sister, brother, aunt or uncle of one (or more) young black girls, I strongly recommend this book as a gift.
I can't say enough about theThe importance and power of representation.The examples we offer to our hearts and eyes are as important as the food and care we give to our bodies. Nurturing the mental and visual closeness of our young girls/women is to give them the keys to self love, the strength, and the values necessary tofulfillment to our women of tomorrow.
This is definitely a book I would have loved to have had when I was younger. Nevertheless, even the adult I am today has loved this reading. I discovered there exceptional women that I had never heard of. In the end, it is simply a book to have in his library.
When I resist life, which results in sadness, anger or despair, I revisit this book.
Simply because it gives me the strength to continue in the hard moments. It gives me the clarity I need in the dark to find myself, and to light my way again.
A COLLABORATION IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU.
First of all, I would like to warmly thank Rebel Girls for this opportunity.
To be able to be part of a project that is in line with my values, my vision and part of my identity, and on top of that, alongside other illustrators who inspire me, is quite simply a blessing. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me and my work. I am very grateful.
Big kisses of love and always for Malykat that fills my heart and surrounds me with kindness.
The same applies to thehe women around me. They who, without knowing it, are true examples of love, sensitivity, strength, hope and beauty. Thank you for existing, thank you for staying the course and taking care of the essence that resides in you.
WHERE TO FIND THE BOOK?
If you want to buy the book, you can find it on the website of the FNAC in Ebook version in English, that ofAmazon in English, or on the official website of Rebel Girls. But be careful, check the language of the book, it is easier to find the English version. (Lmine is in English). However, it may be worthwhile to ask in bookstore if it is available in French.
Otherwise, you can come to the workshop to look at mine.