Zuri McWhorter, a Detroit based writer, performer and artist. I was born and raised in the D, so I was super excited to see such awesome flow coming from the city. Zuri has a taste for beautiful prose, and herself-published paperback poetry book is filled with her own writing and drawings. She even designed a cool pink typewriter enamel pin that is also for sale. This lady is damn dope. You can see one of her poems above in the book along with the pin. Support this poetest with the mostest, with her book Woes of a Well Lit City for $10 and her Literary Homegirl enamel pin for $7 available at Literary Homegirl.
Dara Vandor is an incredible artist, she creates gorgeous lingerie drawings on canvas using felt tip pen. The pieces look so real, like a photograph. I also like the way she merges something like underthings, that all women wear, paired with a small unique details, like in the “Hers” image above, where you can see wetness on the gusset of the panties. Her work feels very feminist, sex-positive and brings the taboo of feminine fluids to a focal point. She is doing some awesome stuff! You can check out her Instagram, or buy an archival print at Live Fast Mag.
LauraLee Benjamin is one of my favorite new artists, I’ve been peeing her work for a few weeks now and I love it all. She uses the female body, different colors and poses, all with an interesting queer vibe. She takes images of themes that are often found in pornography, and recaptures it to reclaim the female power of these images. Her work is beautiful, fresh, and I’m obsessed. Her work is available as prints, pins, journals, and more.
Joanna Thangiah makes ‘disgusting art’. Or, some might think, and some have said. And to that, her work speaks for it self with a giant fuck you to society and it’s patriarchal bullshit! All of her work is about self love and acceptance, and her drawings feature plus size women, transmasculine folk and women of color. Everything is fucking fantastic! Buy her stuff up as prints, stickers, t-shirts and more.
Sophia Wallace has been leading the way in the art and advocacy scene for awhile and I’ve been following along the past few years. I love her in your face approach to clit advocacy, bringing attention to this part of the anatomy and making it a part of the discussion of it’s importance to sexuality and pleasure for those with a vulva. She makes all types of art including a clit stencil, jewelry, and wearable art in the form of t-shirts, sweats, and tank tops. All with body positive pro-clit slogans like “Yes Clitoris” and LGBTQ+ inclusive designs like her “Citizen” design. A feminist with a heart (and clit) of solid gold.
Amanda Joy Wells from Sublime Pottery Studio has set the bar so damn high when it comes to being a potter. She creates the most beautiful mugs and cups, all with beautiful custom glazes mixed and fired in a kiln to create usable works of art that you can actually drink out of. Her pottery has become so popular in fact, she’s always sold out of everything in her Etsy shop! She restocks every on Saturdays, but you have to be fast. The restocks sell out in a mere minute or two, because all of her fans lay awaiting to strike as soon as the items are up in the shop. She also sells seconds and “misfits” items in the shop, but those too, are hard to find. Making her pottery like a collectible work of art. The Picasso of pottery. If you’re interested in scoring a piece, following along on her Instagram for tips and for re-stock notices!
Cara Marie Piazza is a original when it comes to the current fashion industry. She creates beautiful garments all by hand dyeing fabrics to make lingerie, gowns and more with flower waste. Utilizing natural dyes to create gorgeous color creations that truly look like wearable pieces of art. She does a lot of bespoke work, for example, you can have her dye your wedding dress with the leftover flowers from your bridal party and bouquet for a whole new way to commemorate your wedding dress. Her work is truly unique and beautiful and inspired.
Babes n Horny takes sex toy art to the next level. The brand is a women run business, and the designs are artistic, brightly colored, come in a variety of sizes, and are all handpoured and made to order using the highest quality platinum silicone. Dildos, plugs, and more. Most of the dildo designs look like gorgeous pieces in an art show, like sexy sculptures. Check out the entire collection and shop knowing exactly who made your toys!
Fyza Hashim is an amazing web designer and graphic illustrator who works for the brand Trello, where designing is a way of life. Fyza is also one of my oldest girl friends, we’ve been friends since we were teenagers! She’s still very important in my life, and she even designed my blog header. If you’re looking for a graphic artist, logo, or web design, Fyza is your gal. She is a very talented artist too, and she often has her illustrations and designs turned into t-shirts, iPhone cases and more on Society6. Her designs make you think, are anti-appropriation, and anti-bullshit. She’s a badass. Check out her shop on Society6 to purchase!
Malicious Designs, is a fashion and lingerie line by Sheana Hinesley. I’ve been following her work for about 10 years, and I have a few of her wonderful pieces. She is always creating new designs. She sews everything made to order, offer made to measurement pieces, in a variety of fabric colors and finishes, which you can choose. She also has designs ready to order, but she is happy to do custom work. I’m such a huge fan of her ideas, her style and her endless talent. if you’re looking for a dress or a piece of lingerie that you cannot and will not find elsewhere, check out her shop on Etsy and Depop.
Tessa Metcalfe is a UK based jewelry designer who creates each stunning piece of jewelry, from rings to necklaces, earrings and bespoke, all in her workshop. From choosing the most beautiful stones to creating truly timeless modern designs with a vintage flair, her work is one of a kind. She has an extensive background in training and jewelry work, and it shows with her entire range of bold and sumptuous jewelry. Looking for a bespoke piece for yourself, as a gift, or looking for the perfect wedding ring? Tessa can create a wearable piece of art for whatever you may need.
Soledad Proaño is an artisan making interesting and beautiful jewelry pieces along with gorgeous fiber weavings and decor. Her work has a latin vibe to each design, and she uses the most brilliant materials such as wool, clay, leather, brass and other textiles to create statement pieces that are both stylish, cultural and highly artistic.
Dainty Rascal is a brand from Suzy Cherry, a designer who creates the most stunning and luxurious gowns, lingerie, robes and more. Her designs are so gorgeous, everything is handmade, made to measure, and simply splendid. The most luscious laces and satin and tulle, lovely embellishments and silhouettes. Her work is high on my wishlist, I hope to own many of her pieces one day. Her work inspires me, and the modern designs paired with vintage appeal really speaks to me. Her designs are exactly what I daydream about when I think of couture fashions.
Optim Impera is a haute couture lingerie atelier, that makes pieces made to measure. Everything is hand beaded, using the most beautiful beads, silk chiffon, and soft english net. Everything is made to order, and the attention to detail is truly stunning. I own one of their panties, and it’s one of the top 5 most luxurious, most sumptuous pieces of lingerie I’ve ever worn on my body. True luxury lingerie at it’s finest, made in Estonia by designer and creator Tekla Teverani.
Salad Day Pins is one of the coolest enamel pin brands out there. Enamel pins are super on trend right now, and there are a lot of indie designers creating their own pin styles. Julia Carusillo went to school for art history and she draws illustrations of important art pieces of people like Nefertiti, and has them turned into jewelry grade hard enamel pins. These are so unique, and super cool. No other pins or pin maker on the market is making designs like these, and her attention to detail, color, and the amount of art history involved in the designs is so interesting. She also makes patches, stickers and t-shirts. Venus on Willendorf on your tee, anyone?
Eliza Frye is an awesome illustrator. She creates gorgeous screen prints, original artwork in paintings and drawings, and comics. Yes, comics! Her illustrations are awesome, her prints feature beautiful drawings of women, female superheros and heroines doing cool shit. One of the coolest though, is her comic books. Stories and illustrations by Eliza all available in a hardcover book. A women making her own comic books thrills me, and it should thrill you too. Go check out all of her artwork at her official website.
The Wandering Thread is a brand by Valeria Molinari from Spain, who makes beautifully intricate one of the kind embroidery pieces of art. She creates typographical pieces merging text, activism, and beautiful colors to create stunning pieces of stitched artwork. She hand embroiders every piece, and merges the art of calligraphy with the art of embroidery. She has pieces that say things like Rise Up, Sisterhood, Keep it Queer and more. Her work is so cool and I’m so intrigued by her technique and appreciate her feminist designs.
Alexandra Rubinstein is fucking dope. She creates the most gorgeous and in your face artwork, all on canvas. You can buy her original work, or prints or her printed shirts. I really love her feminist pieces, and feel like her work is a no holds barred way to showcase the taboo that society puts on the female body. I like how a lot of her artwork features genitals, women orgasm, and men doing cunnilingus (which is not something we see often in media, though we see a lot of fellatio). The net was going crazy over her collection called A Dream Come True, which features painting of celebs eating pussy. It’s so fucking brilliant. I’m a huge fan! Check out her work and if you’re down to buy one of her pieces check out her shop. Hey girl.
Danielle Spires is an awesome photographer, who comes up with some of the coolest photo shoots. One of my favorite photo series that she does is called Girls Eating Food in my Kitchen. Often times any time we see a woman eating, it’s a salad, and it’s really dainty and slow. Movies, TV advertisements, magazines, we never see girls who eat like we really do. 3am bowls of cereal, pizza hangovers, a cupcake bonanza while watching Netflix. I feel like women eating is still a taboo, which is really fucking weird. So Danielle’s photos really struck me as so real and empowering and cool as fuck. Eat that cake girl, eat it.
Natalie Irish makes art using her lips. She uses lipstick kisses a from her lip prints to make gorgeous artwork on canvas. She sketches a design in pencil, and then uses lipstick, sometimes a few shades, to draw with her lips, kissing the canvas and shading in areas with how much pressure and how many lip prints she uses. So damn fierce! She does portraits and other cool works of art which are all limited edition, and does custom work as well. Get in touch with Nat if you’re interested in an original or buying a print! Watch a video of her making art with her lip print here. You have to see it to believe it!
Rupi Kaur is an amazing poet and writer, you’ve probably seen re-posts of her words on Instagram or Tumblr. You may know her from her awesome Period photo series, that she did in her final year of college, where she photographed herself throughout menstruation from showing a photo of blood-stained bed sheets, to blood in the toilet, or herself using a hot water bottle. She is fiercely feminist, and is now a published author with her first book Milk and Honey (it’s a New York Times Best-Seller!). This woman does it all, and I can’t wait to see what else she creates.
Jen Lewis hails from my home state of Michigan, and she creates gorgeous art using her menstrual blood. Her series, Beauty in Blood, is a photo series using a four step process where she captures her menstrual blood using a menstrual cup, and then pours the blood in a professionally lit bathroom and photographs the journey as it is poured into the clear water of the toilet bowl. She and her male partner works together to capture the photo and use a macro lense to capture every detail for a nearly microscope view. They then edit the photos digitally, and they’re ready for print. Prints are available for purchase, and yes, you can inquire about commission your own menstrual blood portrait! I love the feminist vibe of the work and the fact that it is breaking a taboo by making period blood the focus and showing the beauty in the process.
Robin Eisenberg is so damn cool. She makes the fiercest art illustrations of babes just hanging out, eating, and just being badass. Alien babes, motorcycle babes, goth babes, all babes. Her illustrations are really futuristic and colorful. She also has a hardcover book of illustrations, pins, stickers, patches and more all available in her web shop. All made from her original illustrations. Out of this world!
Tazzy Star is a Muslim artist creating beautiful prints in support of democracy and against the bullshit ban that the GOP is pushing so hard far. Resist. Resist with your voice, resist with your art, resist with your money. Vote with your money by purchasing from Muslim artists to show your support. Tazzy’s designs are fierce, woke AF and very essential for whats going on in our democratic (or lack thereof) climate. She’s taking the crazy shit that is going on in our country and making it beautiful or funny with art, while still advocating toward the safety and rights of all people in the country, especially Muslims. You can buy #MuslimVDay cards right now, which are prints that can be used as postcards of v-day cards, which cheeky as fuck slogans like “Let’s Engage in Some Heavy Vetting” and “Are You Russian? Cause You’ve Hacked into my Heart”.
What women designers or artists do you like? Share links in the comments below!