Our new StoriesEdit template collection celebrates phenomenal women illustrators redefining how we share our favorite moments on social media. Tapping into their creative arsenal to inspire and uplift women everywhere, theStoriesEdit "Women Who Illustrate" Collection features templates that can be used to make your Instagram Stories more playful, add vibrance to your Pinterest covers, or to shine a light on a woman you admire during Women's History Month.
"I feel very lucky to be making art during this time of women speaking up. Even five to ten years ago, we weren't talking about gender equality or speaking up for people of color. Social media has given everyone a platform, making the feminist movement accessible and digestible.When it comes to my own artwork, I like to make fun things that make me happy, and that in turn, will make others happy. I love how the StoriesEdit templates aren't intimidating – I wanted to make my templates for Women's History Month fun, happy, and accessible. When I post to Stories, I try to be more open and vulnerable with my followers.I'm mindful of what I learn from other artists I love online. When I look at their social media, I think, "Oh my gosh, they're doing so great, they're killing it." Later, they're honest and admit they weren't able to create that week. We used to praise working 24/7 to be successful. That's not the case at all anymore. It's nice that we're all using our platforms to talk about issues."Jenny Chang is a freelance illustrator and currently the art director at the wellness media brand, MindBodyGreen. When she's not drawing or day-dreaming, you can find her laughing at dog memes, obsessing over astrology, or overeating deserts.
"At a family reunion in 1988, some distant cousin told me I couldn't be Mighty Mouse because I was a girl – and I think I've been a feminist ever since. I feel incredibly hopeful and energized when I think about how much intersectional feminism is embraced and encouraged by my fellow millennials and by Gen Z. There's a ton still to be done, but we have made such amazing strides. Young feminists make me excited about the future.I'd describe my career as an artist as surprising, exciting, frustrating, fun, scary, rewarding, exhausting, exhilarating, challenging, refreshing, intimidating, empowering, hard, easy, and constantly changing! I feel really, really lucky that I've been able to make a job out of being an imaginative person.Much of my work focuses on light-hearted magical symbolism, so certain magical motifs pop up a lot. I thought it might be fun to inject a little bit of that magical feeling into my StoriesEdit collection. I wanted my designs for PLANOLY to feel clean and intuitive to use. I didn't want my work to compete with users' photos and content, I wanted it to be complimentary!"Sara M. Lyons is an artist, illustrator, muralist, and product designer. Her work is inspired by everything from '60s comics, '70s punk, and '80s cartoons to magical symbolism, her life in Southern California, and anything that's cute, colorful, and a little bit weird.
"In today's world, it can be all about making it big. It's easy to get caught up with how you make money and get clients. What I would tell existing and future creators is to be happy in the place you're in, creative work is a luxury that not everyone gets to pursue. Have fun with it. The whole point is to follow your passion and share your creativity. For me it's going back to that and the reason why I'm doing it. Remember why you wanted to start.In order to create meaningful work, there has to be a purpose behind it. Artists and designers should come back to that why. My "why" is bringing magic and wonderment into people's lives. It fuels my work. It helps me focus and create my best work. Obviously we need to make money but it should always come back to that why. Bring joy to people – art has the power to do that.My focus has been children's work and now, working towards children's books. My patterns are playful and childlike – I want to evoke wonderment and magic. Wonderment is a feeling you lose as you get older – everything is so serious. I get so much joy from my 4-year-old son and seeing through his eyes. Children, in general, are free spirits, he doesn't worry about what people think. It reminds me that sometimes that silly thing I was thinking about doesn't really matter."Michelle Tran is an illustrator and designer based in Dallas, Texas. Her work comes from her nostalgia for the wonderment and magic around every corner when you're a kid.
"I usually start my creative process by reflecting on how I am feeling that day or how I feel about the brand. Then I pick colors that I think match the feeling. For the StoriesEdit collection, I wanted something bright and bold to describe confidence and eye-catching!My work is inspired by everyday things, reactions and feelings, and simple imagery from my imagination or my surroundings. I grew up around Texas, and I love being able to incorporate Texan nature into my works. I've also always been fascinated by typography, but after moving to New York, my appreciation for it grew more and more.My personal experience as an artist has really helped me relate to others and become more self-aware. I think a lot of women were told we "talk too much" or "express too much emotion," so we were trained to keep thoughts to ourselves. But this new wave of feminism has helped us become more comfortable opening up and voicing our opinions! I am more in touch with understanding people's feelings and I have a better perspective on others since I started lettering and creating work to motivate and help others."Steffi Lynn was born in Austin (what we call a 'unicorn!') and currently resides in Brooklyn as a hand-letterer, illustrator, and muralist. Steffi's work is filled with quirkiness, color, and character.