As a tribute to iconic womxn that have left an indelible mark on South Africa’s landscape, Capetonian illustrator and graphic designer Eva Faerch – who is part of 10and5’s 2017 Creative Womxn series – has newly created a collection of illustrated portraits paying homage to them. “This series is in honour of Womxn’s Day and is dedicated to inspirational womxn of South Africa. Each illustration subtlety shows their talent and what they’re famous for.”
On August 9 in 1956, over 20 000 South African womxn marched to Union Buildings in protest the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950, which would force black women to carry passes, a formalised internal passport system created to segregate our population, control migrant labour and urbanisation.
Eva’s illustrations are made with paint ink or digital vectors. Her work was typically characterised by soft colouring, flat forms, landscape lettering and typography. Since we last featured her, she says her “style has definitely grown. My illustrations have adapted over the years. I have learnt new techniques, processes and my style has developed more detail, a brighter palette and new textures. I don’t think I’ll ever stop growing as a illustrator.”
While there’s still much to achieve in the fight for gender equality, let’s take a moment to commemorate iconic womxn whose talents have enriched our creative landscape, such as those who Eva has illustrated below.