Freelance illustrator Ellen Crenshaw loves telling stories through pictures and she does just that in her newest series, “We Are Entitled To Wear Cowboy Boots To Our Own Revolution,” which features some of our favorite WYSKy women and their words of wisdom.
Working with Eleri Harris at The Nib, Ellen was given a variety of feminist women and quotes to choose from. She selected ten to illustrate, picking quotes that resonated with her and highlighted the importance of feminism and equality, while also making sure the women depicted were diverse and came from different backgrounds.
The series includes Bette Davis, Beyonce, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Coretta Scott King, Jessica Valenti, Malala Yousafzai, Naomi Wolf, Rebecca West, Sojourner Truth, and Bette Davis.
Ellen infuses feminism into much of her work. She told WYSK, “I am a woman after all, and my point-of-view will always be in my work. I’m more inclined to depict a woman in a position of power or filling a role that traditionally is held by a man (or conversely, I’m also more inclined to depict a man in a traditionally feminine role). I can’t pretend that I’m a feminist scholar—feminism as a movement has only gotten my attention in the last several years—but I feel that I’ve always inherently supported feminist values.”
Currently, Ellen is curating a Dungeons & Dragons themed art show, which is opening June 13 in Anaheim, CA. She’s also working on a short comic about “a woman who brings artifacts from her dreams into reality.”
We can’t WAIT to see more!
Here are some of our favorites, you can view the series in its entirety at The Nib.
“We Are Entitled To Wear Cowboy Boots To Our Own Revolution” first appeared on The Nib and is republished here with express permission. Check out more of Ellen’s work on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.