Today it is International Women’s Day. The fourth wave of feminism is going strong. You can see it in daily life but also in the toy community.
I remember that the first all-female Dunny series called Femme Fatale was issued in 2009. It featured designs of top female artists like Tara McPherson, Kathie Olivas, Amanda Visell, Amy Ruppel, Julie West, Koralie and Catalina Estrada to name but a few. Was it a good series? It was ok. I was not blown away by it. Some designs were really disappointing. Out of the eighteen designs I was only interested in eight. Even though the series was not perfect it was cool that it showed the world that toy design was not a boys only club.
Photography: Marianne Roosa / Toys: Femme Fatale Dunny series from left to right: Anna Chambers, Julie West, Catalina Estrada, Tara McPherson
I am still hoping that there will be another all-female Dunny series coming in the near future. This is the year to do it because there are many female artists making fantastic toys.
At the moment there is an interesting exhibition at the Mothership Toy Gallery in Philadelphia (the brick and mortar store of Martian Toys) called ‘Lysistrata’, highlighting the power of women. In the spotlight are talented female artists in the toy community and beyond. The art work of the participants is sold at Martian Toys
On The Toy Chronicle there was an article about women in the toy scene. Not all important women were mentioned in this article but I don’t mind it is still a good initiative. Introducing people to women who are active in the toy community is always a good thing.
So there are good things happening in the toy community but just as in daily life… there is still room for improvement!
When I look at my own toy collection I see a divers range of female artists present. From the big name pop surrealist artists to the very talented female toy customizers. I would like to end this post with sharing some photo’s of female power in my toy collection.
Happy International Women’s Day!
Photography: Marianne Roosa / Toys: 9 inch Two-Faced Hazel, 3 inch Two-Faced mini Hazel, Elizabeth from the Wandering Misfits series. All designs by Kathie Olivas
Photography: Marianne Roosa / Toys: Tweet – Spring Edition, Dunny, Kanzia and Fatcap. All designs by Julie West
Photography: Marianne Roosa / Toys: 8 inch Dunny and 3 inch Dunny by Junko Mizuno
Photography: Marianne Roosa / Toys: Custom 3 inch Dunnies by Haus of Boz and Emelie Jensen (Tomodachi Island)
Photography: Marianne Roosa / Toys: 8 inch Dunny and 3 inch Dunny by Laura Colors