Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful

Illustration

“You are terrifying, strange and beautiful… Something, not everyone, knows how to love.”

These lines, taken from the poem For Women Who Are Difficult to Love by British poet Warsan Shire, are the inspiration for Live Unchained’s 2013 crowdfunding campaign to bring the poet to the United States.

Live Unchained is an organization that produces media and hosts events that honor female artists of the African Diaspora. I produced this illustration for a postcard as part of their crowdfunding campaign. The imagery is based off a poem by Warsan Shire, The Letter Your Mother Couldn't Write.

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    Final illustration

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    The final postcard