Our second wonderful artist we are thrilled to introduce you to is April Bates…
April Bates is a self-identifying neo-modern aerodynamic illuminate post-indie feminist. She illustrated ‘Border Control: Sexism in our Passports’ and writes and illustrates a regular feminist favourite piece on forgotten female icons.
Why did you want to get involved with TWSS?
I kind of fell into writing and illustrating for TWSS. I knew I wanted to write and also that I wanted to join the Feminist Society. I came to the interest meeting out of curiosity and ended up writing a column. Then I needed to do the drawing to justify all the art equipment I kept buying.
How would you describe your artistic style?
Doodle-chic. I’ve always drawn but I’ve never been very disciplined at it, so it’s a bit of a matter of whatever comes out, comes out. My art is always a bit of a work in progress.
If you could do a portrait of any iconic woman, who would it be?
I’d love to draw someone like Grace Jones or Vivien Leigh. If the world ever forgets them I’ll be right on that, whipping out my colouring pencils to make sure they get some representation.