Creative women who inspire us (II)
On March 8th we shared our top-10 list of quintessential female fine artists, architects and designers whom our team draws inspiration from. Today, we are going to add 10 additional names of artists and professionals to that list of women who, in our appreciation, also left their mark in these disciplines.
With the collaboration of all the members of the NOMON team, we have gathered the names of some of the creative women who inspire us and whom we consider relevant.
Here are another ten inspirational women …
11. Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (1935-2009), French artist, renowned for her large-scale interventions that she carried out with her husband Christo Javacheff, who was also an artist. They “wrapped” the German Parliament in Berlin and the Pont Neuf in Paris, and decorated Central Park with 7,500 five-meter high doors covered with saffron-coloured fabrics.
12.Toni Miserachs (1942), Spanish graphic design pioneer. She is recognized for her career and contribution to the definition of the profession, to academia and community building, and her leadership as a female in a business field where women have traditionally been almost invisible. During the last 51st edition of the ADG Laus awards, the association’s Board of Directors (chaired by our founder and CEO, Sisón Pujol) unanimously proposed and decided to recognize the designer with the Laus of Honour.
13. Carolyn Davidson (1943), American graphic designer who in 1971 created –while she was still a student at Portland State University– the Nike “Swoosh” symbol, one of the most iconic logos of our time. She casually came across Phil Knight –who was then an accounting professor at the same college– who suggested she could earn some extra money by designing graphic materials to present the company to Asian executives. Her assignment was to create the logo. She was paid $35 at the time, however, she was given 500 shares of the company a decade later, and a diamond ring with the symbol engraved on it.
14. Barbara Kruger (1945), American conceptual artist whose work features black and white photographs with white on red superimposed captions. She was an audacious avant-garde artist at her time, displaying messages that are still relevant today. Contrary to convention, in her works she uses the power of words to question established patterns and the powers that be.
15. Marina Abramović (1946), Serbian performance artist, recognized for her impressive perseverance over the years, and her courage in using all the resources in her power –sometimes with great suffering– to convey stark messages, always linked to the human condition. She has received numerous awards in her 30-year career exploring the relationship between the artist and her work.
16. Paula Scher (1948), American graphic designer and artist considered one of the most influential designers in the world and who stands out for her great sensitivity in the use of typography and colours. Partner since 1991 of the Pentagram design agency in New York, her work reflects her great versatility and adaptability in all kinds of formats. Until April 3rd you can see part of her work at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid.
17. Fina Miralles (1950), one of our most significant fine artists who reconfigured the concept of art, breaking with the academic proposals of the 70s. Considered a transdisciplinary artist – performance, photography, video and painting – she looks at the environment, at rurality and criticizes the self-imposed empowerment of the human being among other living creatures.
18. Susan Kare (1954), American artist and graphic designer, creator of Apple’s visual screen elements and icons that humanized and facilitated our relationship with computers. As a Fine Arts graduate and supervisor at the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, she casually met with an old friend and Apple employee, and joined the company as a screen graphics and digital font designer. Even without knowledge and experience in digital design, she revolutionized pixel art and user-computer communication.
19. Pati Nuñez (1959), businesswoman, teacher and graphic designer specializing in branding and packaging, who in 2007 became the first woman to win a National Design Award. She stands out for her sobriety and her enduring design but, above all, for her professional career over the years. She has worked for big brands like Loewe, Camper or Danone, among many others. Do you remember the iconic Vinçon bags? Their conceptualization and design were hers!
20. Irma Boom (1960), Dutch graphic designer, typographer, illustrator and “the best bookmaker”. She is one of the most influential professionals in her field in recent decades, she teaches courses and conferences. She makes art books with unusual materials, formats and designs. In 2001 she was the youngest professional to receive the Leipzig Gutenberg Prize in recognition of her career.
In addition to these 20 prominent names, we also love and are inspired by many other professionals –designers, artists, illustrators, architects– who are currently at their peak and who claim their place in our sector.
But we also draw inspiration by professionals from other fields:
Athletes like Steffi Graf, Alexia Putellas, Mireia Belmonte or Ana Peleteiro; writers like J.K. Rowling, Dulce María Loynaz, Dolores Redondo, Marta Orriols or Rupi Kaur. Music giants like Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin or Nina Simone. 80s-90s movie icons like Juliette Lewis, Jodie Foster and Frances McDormand. Pioneer filmmakers to win an Oscar, like Kathryn Bigelow. Referents of our gastronomy such as Carme Ruscalleda. Activists with a Nobel Peace Prize, such as Malala Yousafzai, and screenwriters-comedians who are currently a mass phenomenon such as Henar Álvarez, Victoria Martín, Carolina Iglesias and Eva Soriano….
And we would definitely like to complete our list with mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends…
What about you? Which women inspire you?
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