On March 8th, International Women's Day, first-year ILP student Hayley Powers Thornton-Kennedy was featured on both Brown Paper Bag (the illustration blog created and run by ILP alumna Sara Barnes), and the Instagram of Glamour Magazine, which has over one million followers. Both places featured Hayley's recent illustrations created as her reaction to the current political climate and intended for public use in the Women's March in locations all over the world. This has been a dominating theme in much of Hayley's recent work, as she uses her art as activism to support equal rights for all. Hayley says this about the importance of creating these images:
"There is so much emotion you can pack into an illustration, and now, with the reach of social media, those images can resonate with hundreds if not thousands of people in one day. A drawing may not bring about an avalanche of social change, but if it can make one woman feel stronger, less disenfranchised, or energized to engage politically, I’ll have made an impact, and that idea makes me so happy."
Read the full post here.
Glamour Magazine acquired Hayley's image through the Women Who Draw website, which features hundreds of female-identifying artists, including many ILP current students and alumni. The image shared on the @GlamourMag Instagram is also a work of illustrative activism and has garnered strong support and positive feedback from the Instagram community,
See the post here.
Congrats on these two features, Hayley!