A constant artist, Crawford afresh launched a Kickstarter attack to accompany a appearance and action book, alleged Babe Power, to life. Its 30 pages accommodate letters like “Fight like a girl,” “Girls can do anything,” “Smash the patriarchy,” “Angry women will change the world,” and “The approaching is female.” Illustrations of feminist icons like Michelle Obama, Coretta Scott King, Malala Yousafzai, Beyoncé, and Winona LaDuke accomplish appearances.
In accession to alarming and auspicious adolescent women, Crawford hopes the appearance books will be a antecedent of healing. In the abatement of 2016, she was disturbing with abasement and anxiety, but couldn’t allow to go to therapy. Art became a a absolute way for her to accord with her brainy bloom issues and absolution animosity of agitated and annoyance about ancestral tensions in the community.
Crawford gravitated against abstruse watercolor paintings in hues that represented her affections on any accurate day. To accomplish the pieces complete, she accomplished herself calligraphy and lettering, and added words to the blue backgrounds.
Initially, she wrote bible verses on the watercolors, but again a acquaintance beatific her a adduce that independent phrases like “Black lives matter” and “Women’s rights are human’s rights.” She absitively to focus alone on quotes from bodies of color.
“I appetite to amplify those choir that ability contrarily not be heard,” Crawford says. Much of her assignment is Maya Angelou-inspired. “I’m bedeviled with her,” she says. “If I could accomplish a career off of accomplishing art about her words for the blow of my life, I’d be blessed with that.”
After afterward a advancement that she accomplish some appearance pages to accord abroad at Art-a-Whirl in 2017, she realized, “I absolutely enjoyed accomplishing this and I feel like there’s annihilation like this out there appropriate now and it’s bare terribly.”
That analysis led to a Black Lives Matter-themed appearance book, alleged Black Love, featuring phrases like “Black babe magic,” “Black boy joy,” “I matter,” “Still I rise,” in accession to quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou.
“It came calm appealing quick because there was this access of account in my arch that I couldn’t accumulate in there,” she says.
Crawford launched a GoFundMe attack so bodies could accord to the project; a $20 donation equaled one appearance book. Eighty-one bodies took part, and by August of 2017, the appearance books were printed and broadcast at bounded art food and allowance shops. Crawford gave abroad abounding appearance books as well.
Crawford, a mother of three sons, capital to do accession appearance book, this time for her nieces and the daughters of friends. So she set to assignment on Babe Power.
Crawford believes appearance can be a anatomy of self-care. It can additionally be a accumulation action amid parents and their accouchement or amid agents and their students. In accession to the ameliorative allowances of art, with Crawford’s appearance books, little artists blot able affirmations.
The quotes and letters can additionally be chat starters. While coloring, there’s an befalling to altercate what “the approaching is female” entails, for example. “It doesn’t beggarly that there’s not activity to be men in the approaching but it agency things are activity to be equal. Women are activity to be able and important. It’s not alone activity to be a arrangement that’s focused on men,” Crawford explains.
If the Babe Power Kickstarter alcove its $8,000 ambition by March 21, Crawford affairs to assignment with women-owned Wise Ink in Minneapolis to book it. She additionally wants to adapt Black Love for a re-release.
“If I was rich, I would aloof accomplish them and accord them all away,” she says. “I appetite anybody to accept a book they can alarm their own.”