Aerie Real Voices
Refinery29 collaborated with Aerie to bring Aerie Real Voices to life with a 2-weekend takeover of a popular Boston neighborhood. We gave our audience a space to express their realness with a fully decked out and ADA accessible Real Voices booth, where guests were invited to step inside and speak freely and unapologetically. Prompted by a series of questions that ranged in topic from mental health to body image, our guests recorded a sound clip, which they then had the ability to share across platforms.
When ideating around this year’s 29Rooms theme, we were tasked with creating an identity based off of the original tentpole branding. We created a flexible kit of parts that could be mixed and matched depending on application and that could be implemented across different touchpoints — ranging from digital social posts to building wraps and everything in between.
We collaborated with Lithuanian artist Aistė Stancikaitė to create a series of hand-drawn illustrations evoking the themes of Make Contact that worked in tandem with our pre-existing branding.
2021, Virtual Retreat
In January 2021, Refinery29 partnered with our very own Unbothered team and beauty brand Emerge for the premiere of Wash Day, a day-long virtual retreat for our Black female audience. We went live on Facebook with 4 sessions, hosted by a roster of hair-care influencers, mental health experts and public figures. We designed a custom event hub for guests to RSVP, social media assets to spread the word, and a custom Wash Day kit for select audience members and talent.
*2021 WINNER: DIGIDAY’S “BEST VIRTUAL EVENT”
Refinery29 x Bonobos Shape Your Allyship
2019, All Day Event
In collaboration with Bonobos, Refinery29 held an all-day event on March 8th, 2019 to celebrate International Women’s Day. We transformed the Bonobos flagship store into a haven for Allyship, giving women with a vision the opportunity to align with allies across industries. The day was programmed full of panels, workshops, and presentations that tackled important topics ranging from allyship in the workplace to diversity in the fashion industry.
The Female Gaze
2016-2017, Risograph printed, Senior Thesis
Self-portraiture has been visited and re-visited by artists throughout centuries. People have always found the need to represent themselves, both visually and metaphorically. Throughout art history, self-portraiture has been used to record a period of the artist’s life or simply because it was the only subject they had on hand. Either way, self-portraits give us an insight that can’t be found in historical text or even firsthand experiences. Female artists have been seen as illegitimate members of the art community and were instead objectified and viewed mainly through the lens of the male gaze. Only in recent decades with the rise of feminist ideologies have women been recognized by art historians.
Because of this, my goal was to focus on the lives of five distinctly diverse (in terms of time period, content, circumstance, level of fame, medium, method, etc.) female artists and the way they have used their art to represent themselves. Amongst these is Italian Renaissance artist Sofonisba Anguissola, 20th century Chinese painter Pan Yuliang, well known Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, recently discovered photographer Vivian Maier, and contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems. Using relevant texts and images, I created a book that links these five artists together and creates a comprehensive visual of female self-portraiture.