Thank you to everyone who came to our first event, ‘BADASS WOMEN’ – a creative meetup and brunch for women in creative industries!
The room was filled with so much talent, everything from artists, photographers, bloggers and YouTubers, to poets, musicians, designers and activists. It was amazing to hear all about your crafts and individual experiences in creative industries.
We were also honoured to have a panel discussion with some very talented women talking about their respective fields and obstacles they’ve faced in creative industries, led by Editor-in-Chief of Halcyon, Yasmin Ali. ‘Root-ed Zine’ founders, Amber Akaunu and Fauziya Johnson, joined us to talk about their experiences running a publication by and for black artists and establishing their own identity through their work. Michelle Houlston from Grrl Power Liverpool talked invading spaces and the importance of intersectionality in creative fields. Poet Amina Atiq shared her personal success story of overcoming negative influences and following her dreams. Digital illustration artist @ray_sketch16 talked about working freelance, demanding respect for your craft and being a self-taught artist. Fashion designer Nadia Atique inspired us to never give up and that it’s not too late to pursue a passion.
(Left to right: @ray_sketch16, Yasmin Ali, Amina Atiq, Michelle Houlston, Amber Akaunu, Fauziya Johnson, Nadia Atique)
After exchanging stories we all made a collaborative banner on what it means to be a ‘badass woman’ and it was amazing!
(Images above courtesy of Lois Tierney)
We had such a good time and created a loving network of like-minded souls. We hope to host more frequent events in the future so keep an eye out!