Bianca Ng’s “Who is Your Shero?” is a Reminder of How Amazing Women Are

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Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Bianca Ng, is tired of all the negativity that has consumed us since Donald Trump became our president. In no way is she diminishing the concerns regarding Trump as a national leader. In fact, she has become a part of a movement of creatives that are …

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Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Bianca Ng, is tired of all the negativity that has consumed us since Donald Trump became our president. In no way is she diminishing the concerns regarding Trump as a national leader. In fact, she has become a part of a movement of creatives that are using their talents to invoke positivity and empowerment rather than resentment. In her recent project, Ng shared stories of gratitude, celebrating the influential women that shaped our lives, subtly counteracting the political tone toward women for Women’s Month, which was in March. She asked 31 people (strangers, friends, and family members) to submit stories answering the simple question, “Who is Your Shero?” Each person gave her a quote by their shero and a tidbit of how their shero influenced their lives. This project was a celebration of strong women and an oral history of what it means to be a woman.

Inspired by creative thinkers like Alan Fletcher, Shantell Martin, and Timothy Goodman, Ng used her illustration and hand lettering skills to visually share real individual’s stories. Born and raised in New Jersey, Ng harbored an enduring fascination with imperfections and the female psyche. At Alfalfa, she worked on projects for IPPF/WHR, Amphibian, L&L Holding Company, and Booz Allen Hamilton and was also featured on the Type Directors Club’s Typography 37. Originally displayed on the social media platform Instagram, “Who is Your Shero?” will be exhibited at 2017 Stamps Alumni Show starting in July. Since her “100 Days of Better Conversations” visual and social experiment, she has collected and interpreted stories that represent the expressive imperfections of humanity. “Who is Your Shero?” is a collection of thirty-four pieces of storytelling through vibrant hand lettering and illustration.

Below are a few highlights from the project:

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bove quote from Joanne N.

My mom uprooted her comfortable life to come to the U.S. so that her children could have a better life. My father worked so hard I rarely saw him. My mother basically raised her children as a single parent. She still makes ignorant racist/misogynistic remarks and drives me insane sometimes, but one important lesson she taught me was the value of saying thank you. Even now I always handwrite thank you cards and birthday cards. One of the big themes of this month-long personal project was gratitude. I honestly probably don’t show enough appreciation for my mom (I’m trying). Without her, I wouldn’t have had half the opportunities I’ve gotten. I wouldn’t even be in America.
If anyone deserved to be honored this past month it’s basically every mom! Being a mom is definitely the hardest job I can think of. Today, everyone should go call their mom and thank them.
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Above quote by Frances

This is a quote from my Great Aunt Frances. My grandma and mom quote it all the time. They are both my role models. The women in my family are very confident and strong. They’ve always shown me through action that a woman is capable of anything. My mom raised me happily alone with an amazing career and my grandma was just competitive and smart enough to reach for the stars.
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Above quote by Patti Smith?.

What she taught me: Being an artist transcends mediums, no matter what you create. Patti has never apologized or felt the need to explain herself for all the different creative things she’s done, whether it’s poetry, music or visual art. I really love that about her. It has helped me feel less pressure to define myself and the work I create. Patti has taught me that my identity is in a constant state of flux. A work in progress, if you will. In a society obsessed with labeling people and putting them into boxes, this idea has helped me realize that anything is possible and that I am still me, no matter what I churn out and who I become tomorrow.
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Above quote by Brené Brown?.

?She teaches me something every day and that is why I decided to follow her footsteps. I hope one day I can become half the speaker, the researcher and the storyteller she is. She is an example for me and many women out there. She taught me the importance of showing up in the arena, over and over again.

 

The exhibition reception will be held at Stamp’s Gallery on Friday, July 21st, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Her project will be on display until August 26th and permanently on her Instagram.

Follow her on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date on future projects!

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