Celebrating Womanhood Through Craft
What does femininity mean to you? We pose this question to a panel who have all been inspired by the female form and gone on to build a business, nurture a craft and create a community that is centred on celebrating femininity and nudity in all of its forms.
Join artist Alexa Coe, ceramicist Ana Kerin from Kana London – who both explore and challenge what's considered 'feminine' through their work – and twins Liv and Dom Sutherland from Liv & Dom who present the naked form in a fun and playful way, plus Lauren Mahon from Girl Vs Cancer, who has built a community around her first-hand experience of breast cancer. These women are reclaiming nakedness and reframing the body as something not to be objectified or sexualised but normalised and embraced, in all shapes, colours and sizes. Chaired by ELLE Culture Director Lena deCasparis. A little bit about our panel...
Alexandria Coe is an artist living and working in London. Having studied at Central St. Martins she has developed a drawing practice which aims to challenge the perspective of what is feminine. Her work is experiential, minimal and focused on the abstraction of the female form. Collaborations and clients include Liberty London, Jo Malone, Topshop and Whistles.
Kana London was created as a result of Ana Kerin's training in sculpture and background in fine art. An affinity for working with clay led her to apply the principles of her art-work - the tactile, hand built aesthetics, the traces of fingerprints on a surface - into functional ceramics. Kana London recently collaborated with Alex Eagle Studio, and with Alexandria Coe on a collection of Renaissance Nudes.
GIRLvsCancer was borne out of Lauren Mahon’s first-hand experience of breast cancer and has grown from an emotional outlet into an established community supporting those touched by cancer, and beyond. Lauren is working hard to change the way people perceive and talk about women’s cancers and their bodies, opening a heartfelt and candid dialogue on this sensitive subject.
Liv and Dominique Cave-Sutherland are twin sisters born and working in the UK. Their body of work is centred around ceramic homewares and wearables that aim to celebrate the female (and occasionally male) form in a fun, casual and accessible way. Liv & Dom have also collaborated with Design studios like Slowdown Studio and Yew Yew shop, applying female nude designs to their products.