"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. 

Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy. 

"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."

Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet. 

"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."

Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.

It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.

"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."

From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.



Here they are !!

Four new pieces in my series of music portraits:

PJ Harvey

Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Eagles of Death Metal, Desert Sessions)

Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, The Good the Bad and the Queen)

Buzz Osborne (The Melvins, Fantômas)

You can purchase them right now on my society6 page, along with the previous four.


Featured Curator of the Week: Philip Intile [pi-slices]

Charlie Deck is an artist on Tumblr who posts an animated GIF every day under the name bigblueboo. Most of his sketches are studies in other artists styles or tests of different techniques. So far, the GIFs he has created are exercises in service of developing an aesthetic, not the result of a fully realized one. Through practice, a handful of clear themes have emerged: negative space, perception, simulations and cycles. He uses Processing, Cinema 4D, Unity, openFrameworks and shader programming to create his art. 

Love in an Age of Hate


This is an age of hate. Of cynicism, mediocrity, irony, despair, anger. Of smallness and cruelty.

The hate is everywhere. TV, Internet, talking heads. It seeps through the digits our lives have been reduced to.

It is hard to love in an age of hate. Love is the miracle that kills the serpent;…

Alexandre Desplat - Mr. Moustafa


Featured Soundtrack of the Day

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan.

Track: “Mr. Moustafa" by Alexandre Desplat (buy music)