IWD21: 90 Illustrators, 1 Animation
This year, our animation studio This Thing of Ours set out to create something fun but powerful for International Women’s Day, that would bring together talented women from diverse locations. The result was one looping animation made in collaboration with 90 female illustrators from around the world. Boom!
The animation consists of 90 frames, each created by a different female illustrator, in their own unique and amazing style. The women who participated were from countries all over the world, including China, Egypt, the USA and Brazil. You can tell we took the 'International' in 'International Women's Day' seriously, huh?
#Choose To Challenge
The animation has been created in line with this year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme, #ChooseToChallenge. It features a woman holding up her hand, the gesture which has been chosen as a symbol of support to the cause this year.
“What excites me most about this project is that 90 illustrators from all over the world, who have never met, came together to celebrate this important day. Each individual frame tells a unique story, and the collective result is one that celebrates women’s uniqueness and creativity.” - Alex Robinson, Director at This Thing Of Ours
The illustrations we got were staggering in their diversity of style and approach. Taking our rough animation of a woman holding up her hand in solidarity as their starting point, each illustrator added their own flavour and imbued their contribution with what International Women’s Day means to them.
“This project is a true celebration of women around the world coming together to create a powerful message for International Women’s Day. It’s been amazing to see the creativity of the individual frames, each with their own story, some of which have been truly heartwarming.” - Tas Lobley, Senior Creative at Waste
From an open question about ‘the disappearance of a staggering number of 5500 Peruvian women in 2020 alone’ from @santina.oz to a tribute to ‘women with a whole spectrum of battles that they tackle every single day’ from @paperandpixelsdesign (Gibraltar), every single illustration shines a light on a different facet of International Women’s Day, as experienced across the globe.
“I had the pleasure of talking to so many talented women, from Peru all the way to China. I actually got quite emotional reading about the meanings behind each of the illustrations and learning more about what it’s like to be a woman around the world.” - Amy Duncan, Digital Strategist at Waste
Here are the Instagram handles of every single one of our amazing 90 collaborating illustrators, in the order of their frame's appearance:
@notflipper, @freshira.designs, @jonvobi, @rachael.lum, @gordoilustra, @nora_kraska, @veilsandmirrors, @engueran_coeur_de_lion, @aiahhassan, @halfwaydrops, @iona_adair, @by.soleon, @johannakugler, @easyeasyrol, @sydhey, @ellie.childs_, @meganemrphy, @taomodraws, @laurablgz, @nathaliamilis, @swethakanithi.illustrator, @___marie___gosselin___, @flobll_illustration, @naomiseah, @sophiestanding_, @rosefur, @yazillustrations, @trxipxi, @marko_kawaii, @jennischurr, @mzkmel, @ruki_chuki, @pomallow, @maledelu, @casiegraphics, @tororo.aoi, @estherlalanne, @happyphili, @lydialott, @macha_mcp, @sketchupmayo, @imocrossland, @ameliedupetitthouars, @naygroves, @martynawilner, @theinfinitedrawing, @heatherfletcher.art, @carmenpatricia.design, @elena_bansh, @alanamcdowell, @_jessie_kuhn, @bobbythebigbird, @coco_meiller, @frazzledfoliage, @tatjanajunker, @swampsocial, @sandre_fait_des_trucs, @padaboooom, @emilywylde, @that_there_asha, @naiaitz, @cadarsinziana, @madebytania_, @becomingamorningperson, @human_nico, @fogg.ish, @hallojosy, @aaaaeeeb, @paperandpixelsdesign, @xsunsteethx, @roro_mawouane, @byrosielt_, @ricepeasant, @yool_n, @amy_fitz_art, @kateco__, @laura.snclr, @abbeyruletheworld, @inkling_illustrations_, @bobbywatson.art, @studio.lag, @foureyetwotit, @trangdrawsbangs, @claramariecornish, @dorothydotcool, @a_piece_of_triss, @santina.oz, @carol.rollo, @ellabucknall, @the_lost_artisttt
Our project made waves on social & in the press, gaining over 500 social shares and 11 pieces of coverage in: