A Celebration of the Phenomenal Woman
A Photo Essay
BLAC Designs and renowned London-based collage artist Anna bu Kliewer have collaborated on a series of images celebrating women and their strength.
The project entitled Phenomenal Woman – a name taken from Maya Angelou’s poem of the same name – features four surreal analogue collages paired with four poems. The poems have each been written by a female writer highlighting women’s issues or struggles. Some of the themes explored include selfimage, diversity, female power, and sexuality.
BLAC Designs, founded by Jordanian national Hamzeh Alfarahneh, is a Cape Townbased concept brand focused on luxury leather accessories and bags. This project is the second in a series of artist collaborations meant to cement BLAC’s relationship within the art world. The project’s main focus is on women, as the themes explored are close to the brand’s heart.
Anna Bu Kliewer is a London-based mixed-media artist working in digital and analogue collages. Driven by her curiosity about other realities and time and space, she challenges our perception of identity and nature by transforming found imagery into a new surreal context. This was explored in her project Soft Men and her work for ES Magazine and Article.
“With this collaboration we wanted to highlight women as they are BLAC’s primary source of inspiration. Anna is a vocal supporter of the disenfranchised. Her work often has a political undertone, and it felt right to reach out to her for this,” Alfarahneh says. “We wanted a more conceptual approach than our usual projects and to talk about BLAC’s ethos as a brand by shining some light on some of the issues that our clientele often face. In a way Anna and I are paying homage to all the women in our life”.