Domestic violence is commonly associated with mistreatment of women. However, there are different forms of domestic violence that affect men, women and children. This is abuse that happens in multiple forms including physical, emotional and mental. There are numerous cases of domestic violence each year with people being abusive toward their significant other, partner or their family members. While there are different organizations, coalitions and help lines available to get abused victims the support they need, why are there people not taking advantage of their support services? There are people who do not have to deal with the abuse and continue to do so anyway. Domestic violence occurs when the person committing it has issues with control. Some that commit such abusive acts experienced the abuse themselves earlier in life. Few think this is the way they should treat others as this form of control is all they know. For others they feel this is an acceptable way to show they care for others when it is not. These are excuses given by those that commit such acts that are often unacceptable. At the same time it is a problem that continues to be ignored since so many people deal with it without coming forward. Abusive relationships are more common than most people think. I chose to present this exhibition over many varying works that were created specifically to raise awareness for this problem. Many people don’t understand why a relationship like this so hard to get out of and don’t feel like these organizations are worth supporting. Last year I had a personal experience with domestic violence and I, unfortunately, let it continue to happen. It never starts off bad. It starts off a happy relationship and slowly becomes more and more possessive and controlling. I was slowly cut off from my friends because of him. Anytime I tried to end the relationship he would threaten me or stalk me. At that point I felt like I didn’t have a support group and would eventually fall back into his trap. This cycle kept repeating, the only difference was that every fight got worse little by little. I wasn’t allowed to go out, I wasn’t allowed to see my friends, I wasn’t even allowed to see any of his friends. I was absolutely miserable, but felt like there wasn’t anything I could do. Eventually it got so bad that it wasn’t avoidable anymore. He came home drunk one night and became violent. He took my phone from me and stood between me and the door. I ended up missing three weeks of school. I had to get three staples in my head, a black eye, and a large (most likely permanent) scar down my side. The worst part about it? I hate to say it, but I got lucky. He turned his attention away for a few seconds and I was able to get my phone and call my older brother. Who knows what else would’ve happened if I hadn’t been able to call. So many women feel alone and hopeless. Many don’t feel like they can come forward because it’s not safe, or they don’t have a support system to help them through. It’s important to me that people understand that the excuses need to stop, that mental abuse is just as, if not more, damaging than physical abuse. My goal, and the goal of these artists is to raise public awareness in hopes of taking a step closer to ending domestic violence.
Flavia Carvalho Curitiba, Brazil Many women who have suffered through an abusive relationship are left scarred both mentally and physically. While some scars fade that isn’t always the case. Scars are a constant usually embarrassing reminder of the incident or relationship. Flavia Carvalho is using her artistic abilities to help women move on and conceal the ugly reminder with something beautiful. The
project’s name refers to the Portuguese expression “A flor da pele” (deeper than skin), which speaks of how strongly we feel when facing an extremely difficult or challenging situation. “A Pele da Flor” also alludes to the fact that all of us women are like flowers and deserve to have our skin protected and embellished.
â€œIt all started about two years ago, when I worked with a client who wanted to cover a large scar on her abdomen. She told me that she was at a nightclub, and when she turned down a man who approached her, he stabbed her with an switchblade. When she saw the finished tattoo, she was extremely moved, and that deeply touched me. I was suddenly struck by the idea of providing free tattoos to women who were left with scars following domestic violence or mastectomies. Each tattoo would act as an instrument for empowerment and a selfesteem booster.â€? -F.C.
Bianca Tschaikner is an Austrian illustrator and printmaker, currently living in Granada, Spain. She spends most of her time travelling, and even has a series of illustrated maps. Bianca loves reading and writing as well. To her books hold not only their content and knowledge but also functionality and design elements that she admires. Her prefered media is physical rather than digital she believes it has more “soul.” She’s noted that she’s inspired by the strange, taboo, and unknown. Her interest in the unknown/taboo is what I think makes these series strong interesting pieces.
“Draw every day, draw what you love, look at things carefully, always try to become better, and never give up.” -B.T.
She’s always loved drawing, and has been drawing since she could hold a pen, with the only difference that now she get paid for it. After finishingher studies, Bianca went to live in Tangier, where she worked as a graphic designer for a couple of months, during which time she built a portfolio and began to look for illustration jobs, because this was what she wanted to do. She got enough work to make a living with my illustrations fairly quickly, which brings her to where she is today.
“I have a life long love affair with fonts.” Hannah Saunder’s is a graphic designer currently located in Chicago Illinois. She’s skilled in photoshop, illustrator, indesign, photography, and calligraphy. She’s worked as an art director for Ogilvy since April 2013. Her job includes print and digital work for ogilvy’s shopper marketing arm, geometry global. As well as executing campaigns for huggies, pull-ups, goodnites, u by kotex, depend, poise and more across all north american retailers. She’s also worked for other well known companies such as Walgreens. The project I chose to show is her transit project. Her goal was to force Chicago transit riders to go through domestic violence as its victims do. Increase awareness for south side Chicago domestic violence shelter, and provide connections for abused women and their children
Hannah is also skilled in calligraphy and enjoys writing song lyrics in her spare time.
Irene Lo New York City, New York Currently at Geometry Global, Irene works as the Presentation Designer for New Business Team. Like artist Hannah Saunders, she also worked for Ogilvy doing mostly freelance work along with many other companies such as; Brixmor Property Group, Publicis LifeBrands Medicus, Newsela, The Halo Group, Infusion, and Maxim. There wasn’t much information
on why exactly she chose to do an ad campaign like this. Regardless, she gets her message across. From what I’ve found these were displayed as posters throughout New York. With all the hustle and bustle of the city posters such as these needed “shock value” to get the attention of busy passerbys.
Wai shun yeong Karlskrona, Sweden
Wai Shun Yeong describes himself as a thinker, dreamer, and forecaster. He’s currently studying in the ‘13 Mobile Applications Program at Hyper Island. Hes from Karlskrona, Sweden. This project, called “Forgotten Blood,” was created for IRC in collaboration with gyro. It’s meant to raise awareness about the domestic violence women around the world, most especially Africa, experience right at home all around the world. This is an issue that is so frequent, yet it still gets very little attention from the public.
“Learn to love, see and experience new things” -W.Y.
The goal is to not only create awareness, but also to bring in donations. QR codes are embedded into the posters and IRC themed T-shirts where people can scan them with their smart phones. The codes link to an IRC site that informs about domestic violence.
Annette Schreyer artistic interest lies in portrait photography with an emphasis on storytelling.Her pictures have been published in international magazines and have received various international awards. She is particularly committed to projects that look at contemporary, sensitive social topics including gender politics, family and women’s issues. Her project called, “Pandora’s Box,” is a documentation of women who have suffered from domestic violence, and includes a small piece of their individual stories.
â€œLove is never about power and control. Love is time, care, protection and respect.â€? -A.S.
Shelby Schena Odenton, MD Shelby Schena is a graphic designer for M-Edge. Design is more than just a job to her, it is her passion in life. She grew up in a family of antique dealers, so she spent her whole life recognizing designers by their style and use of branding. She claims she is a sucker for advertising and product design.This particular non-profit campaign focuses on domestic violence within
the household. The 1950’s era focused on perfection and happiness. The 50’s housewife is a perfect metaphor about keeping a terrible situation picture perfect, when help is needed. The posters ask that instead of hiding behind a false image, we ask that you let us help you solve a your uncomfortable situation. All of Shelby’s images are all hand-illustrated.
Yasmine Amish Paris, France
Product, graphic and interior designer, Yasmine Amish, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012 from The Paris American Academy. Currently obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in Paris.Yasmine emphasizes intricate combinations of storytelling that a strong sense of anatomy and design. Utilizing her broad expertise through various elements of graphic design, art, product design and interior spaces.
“Do not be ashammed of your story. It will inspire others”
“Similar to Paula Scher, a graphic designer I admire for her use of light installations as well as her signage designs that she integrated throughout her spaces. My dream job consists in branding and rebranding companies, where I am involved with every aspect in the redesign process… from configuring a new logo partaking in a new visual story finalizing to a fully designed space. Creating a well-rounded visual package.”
This is a series of posters inspired by the Victorian era, advocating the intensity of domestic violence in our society. Similar to Irene Loâ€™s posters, Shaobo also uses shock value as a way of capturing the audienceâ€™s attention.
New York City
â€œI am on a quest to make beautiful design for beautiful people.â€? -S.B.
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Common Wealth Theatre London, England
According to the World Health Organization 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence worldwide and 70% of those women experience it from an intimate partner. Domestic violence also effects men, children and elderly people. Our glass house project by the Common Wealth theatre takes us on a journey through the different forms of domestic
abuse, conveying different scenarios, theatrically, spread out across a house in London. My task was to set build the rooms conveying different characters suffering domestic abuse within the house, along side a group of talented artists and designers. The live play was then opened for the public.
Lucy Adalaide Los Angeles, California
Emojis have become a new way to communicate between younger people. Sometimes it’s easier to say what you need to say in less words. Domestic violence is a heavy subject that is difficult to talk about, so we’d like to use the power of emojis to break the ice and start a conversation between younger couples and their friends that could ultimately lead to much healthier and happier relationships. We created a series of short videos (for use on Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, pre-rolls, Tumblr, etc) that each communicate the warning signs for domestic abuse, only using emoji’s.
Lucy began as a junior art director in 2013 at TBWA/Media Arts Lab, making the move to freelance in mid-2016. She draws in her spare time, and takes pride in the fact that her art has been described as "fucking weird".
NO MORE aims to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Launched in March 2013 by a coalition of leading advocacy groups, service providers, the U.S. Department of Justice, and major corporations, NO MORE is supported by hundreds of national and local groups and by thousands of individuals, organizations, universities, and communities who are using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility for domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE was conceived to amplify the power of the domestic violence and sexual assault movement using a unifying symbol to drive awareness and break down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that keep people from talking about these issues and taking action to prevent them.
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“He comes from such a good family” “She was asking for it” “It’s just a women’s issue” “No more excuses”
Jenine Sharabi Jenine Sharabi studios is a design studio specializing in print, digital and branding design and illustration. In eight years as a designer Jenine has produced work for major clients such as: Lexus, Arsenal FC, Formula 1 Motorsport, Heineken and Bacardi. Jenine has exhibited artwork in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Rome and is a yellow pencil D&AD winner.
Beyond Decoration Wallpaper is a project Jenine does through wallpaper designs, Jenine Sharabi explores walls as protective barriers to family secrets, cultural taboos and private happenings - things that are expected to be kept â€˜hush-hushâ€™. From a distance this beautifully ornate wallpaper appears like any other but as you approach it, secrets are revealed.
Flavia Carvalho 4-5
Hannah Saunders 8-9
Wai Shun Yeong 12-13
Shelby Schena 16-17
Shaobo Han 20-21
Lucy Adalaide 24-25
Jenine Sharabi 28-29
6-7 Bianca Tschaikner https://www.behance.net/biancatschaikner
10-11 Irene Lo http://designer-irene.com
14-15 Annette Schreyer
18-19 Yasmine Amish
22-23 Common Wealth Theatre 5 26-27 No More Campaign 9