HIVE Arts Collective presents their second Women & Street Art Panel event. Join four women street artists in a discussion about their identities in relation to art, activism, and how street art and politics intertwine. Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door.
Our panelists include street artists Helena Martin (@helena_paints), Will Crochet (@willcrochet), and Liza Fishbone (@lizafishbone). The panel discussion will be moderated by fellow street artist and HIVE facilitator Larissa Stephens (@lurissu). Special thanks to Flitch Coffee for hosting this event!
About the artists:
Austin based artist Helena Martin's colorful drawings, paintings and murals depict figures nestled inside abstract, ethereal environments. Animals (especially dogs, owls and foxes) are frequently featured in her work as a nod to nature and our place in it. Trained in medical illustration, her paintings often contain X-Ray vision of the anatomy of animals and people. Enchanting and weird, Martin's work captivates viewers on a deep level.
Jess, aka Will Crochet is a crochet artist, producing street art and handmade fiber art. She has crocheted for about 12 years. She started out making blankets, hats, and scarves, and everyone she knows eventually gets a crocheted blanket from her. She is literally never without yarn and a crochet hook. She crochets in work meetings, on the bus during her commute, she Netflix and crochets… She's 100% obsessed. Jess' very first street piece was to turn the stop sign on her block into a flower by adding big, crocheted leaves. Her goal is to use a traditionally female genre, fiber arts, to create non-traditional pieces and put them in non-traditional spaces to provoke thought or joy. She considers herself part of a contemporary feminist movement that uses crafts such as crochet, knitting, or embroidery to explore issues in this post-election world.
Larissa Stephens is an illustrator, muralist, graphic designer, and animator originally from Galveston, Texas. She now lives and works in Austin. Her work has been described as fun, weird, and a "wonderful meaty stew of alternative comix makers (a garbage pail kid with a third-wave feminist perspective.)" Larissa believes in the power of representation and strives to depict people from all walks of life in her pieces. She also enjoys painting lumpy creatures from alternate universes. Street art has been a love of Larissa's since she was an angsty middle schooler, and as of 2016 has pursued her dream of painting murals at spaces like Austin's HOPE Outdoor Gallery.