“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe
Atterly Road recently launched their #ARWOMAN campaign on Instagram – an opportunity to share the women who inspire you…women who are empowered & empowering…
There are so many women that inspire & empower me – in my immediate family alone, there’s my Mum, my Grandmothers, and of course, my daughter; there’s my oldest, dearest friends; and then there are the incredible bloggers, makers, artists, writers, instagrammers, business women, singers, actresses, photographers, mothers, activists, feminists, designers, creatives & more…some of whom are extended family, some are more recent friendships, and some who will always be admired from afar, but all inspirational in their own unique ways.
“Who are your heroes?” used to be one of my most dreaded questions, but it’s something I’ve grown to understand more, both with age, and in allowing myself to listen to my heart & follow my own path.
Georgia O’Keefe was my first great artistic inspiration & influence. I was introduced to her work during my GCSE’s by my art teacher (an inspirational woman in herself – she understood her students, and knew how to help them find own style, bringing out the best in us at such a tumultuous age; encouraging & guiding us to be ourselves, and to have belief.)
I felt an affinity I couldn’t (and still can’t) explain for Georgia’s floral studies & use of colour, and this influenced me hugely in my choice of subject matter & my own use of colour as I developed my personal style throughout the rest of my GCSE & A-Levels.
That belief & personal sense of style got lost a little along the way until relatively recently, but that use & love of colour has remained a constant throughout; continued in my creative endeavours, & right through down to my home & wardrobe.
And with age, I’m as equally awed & inspired by Georgia’s passion to be her own person, her steadfastness in not following artistic trends, and her desire to record her world as she saw it, in a way less concerned with precision, and more with emotion.
She was a pioneer, an eccentric & an incredible talent. She is my #ARWOMAN.
I’d love to know, who’d be your inspirational women?