How we com­mu­ni­cate now

Meet three women who send mes­sages to the world – with­out say­ing a word.

Glamour (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

Through needle­point “The more I got into fem­i­nism,” says 23-yearold artist Han­nah Hill, “the more an­gry I be­came that tex­tiles are con­sid­ered women’s work.” Her In­sta­gram (@hanec­dote) is full of her metic­u­lously-stitched memes with para­dox­i­cal ob­ser­va­tion. “[My work] is a crit­i­cism of the pres­sures from so­cial me­dia to look a cer­tain way, and a re­minder not to take fash­ion and so­ci­ety too se­ri­ously,” Han­nah says. Not bad for women’s work, hey?

Through braids “I thought the email was a joke,” artist Shani Crowe (@crowezilla), 28, re­calls of be­ing asked to cre­ate a cus­tom head­piece for Solange’s Novem­ber 2016 Satur­day Night Live per­for­mance. “But then I thought, ‘I’ll be damned if Solange hits me up ask­ing for her crown and I don’t have it!’” She had it, Solange wore it, and it was fab­u­lous. Shani says she mas­tered plait­ing for one very im­por­tant rea­son, “I wanted to en­cour­age black women who have been con­di­tioned to de­value their beauty to see that they are beau­ti­ful and com­plete.”

Through nails There’s nail art, and then there’s nails by Mei: cus­tom, of­ten 3D de­signs by man­i­curist Mei Kawa­jiri (@nails­bymei). Her cre­ations spe­cialise in the ab­surd – a fin­ger span­ning images of Pablo Pi­casso’s ‘Guer­nica’ mu­ral and a boob manicure are stand­outs – but for Mei, 35, who moved from Tokyo, Ja­pan, to New York, US, in 2012, they’re es­sen­tial. “Nails are part of my voice,” she says. “If they’re blank, I feel like peo­ple won’t un­der­stand me.”

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