By Kate Lemke
Queen - Malala Yousafzai Size 23" by 33"
Poster Mounted on 1" Card
Delivery Time: 1 week within Alberta; Up to 6 weeks outside Alberta
“I’m thankful to my father for not clipping my wings and for letting me to fly.
Malala Yousafsai, education activist and feminist, is the youngest individual to win the Nobel Prize. Her message has spread rapidly into an international movement, inspiring women to stand up for their rights. Malala’s vibrant, optimistic personality is captured in her favorite color, pink. She wears her heart on her sleeve—one of warmth and hope.
In this piece, Malala’s message of freedom and harmony is expressed through the symbol of the feather (or quill). This symbol derives from the phrase, the pen is mightier than the sword, demonstrating Malala’s peaceful fight for women’s rights. To incorporate her love for education, sections of text were layered within the collage, referencing some of her own words as well as topics she studies. Together, the inclusion of fabric fragments reflect Malala’s attitude of acceptance.
She inspires those around her to bloom, and in doing so, she herself has bloomed, as portrayed through the petals circling around her. Malala’s luminous message is also expressed through the gold background, symbolic of royalty.
This piece was created through scanning fragments of fabric and assembling them through digital layering. The portrait itself was initially illustrated by hand. This drawing was then used as a basis for making the collage. Pages of books were also scanned and layered on top of the fabric in some areas. The effect is similar to that of a mosaic, quilt or patchwork.
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2015 Theme - QUEEN!
“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” Aretha Franklin
Ribbon Rouge #8 is QUEEN!
Our theme this year explores powerful women; women of vision and unsung heroes in our communities and globally. “Unruly” women who broke away from the status quo…bothered people…shook up the system and birthed social revolutions. To their various capacities, these women used whatever they had to be the difference and they inspire us to become our own brands of heretics. A few of them have worked directly in HIV relief efforts, others have put in tremendous efforts to further women’s rights. In all, their efforts have directly or indirectly contributed to progress on gender equity, which in turn, contributes to getting to Zero HIV.
These Queens inspire us to each cause a RUCKUS!
…To get out in front and create our own tribes, our own movements for positive change. To believe in ourselves, as such inspire others to do the same.
Ribbon Rouge #8 presents these women, their ideas, their thoughts…feelings to you through the night.