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I draw when I’m happy. I draw when I’m angry. I draw when I’m contemplating. And for me, drawing is doing, drawing is acting. 

In September 2020, I started the website www.affichesfeministes.com so that anybody could access and use the visuals I had created. So that anyone could get up and march the streets. Because, spoiler alert, those protests will help change and shape the world of tomorrow.

Everything started in November 2018, at Bordeaux’s Planned Parenthood organization, where I drew my first posters. The collective “Nous Toutes” group was organizing a march in Paris against sexism and sexual violence, and we wanted to make signs for the occasion. Everytime I smell the marker’s ink, or hear the stappler’s sound, it reminds me of that life-changing moment. No less than two days later, I stumbled upon my own drawing being broadcasted during the infamous French talk show “Quotidien”, featured among the best signs of that protest. For the first time ever, I realised that my work, my drawings, and my words could affect the world, and could help shine light on issues that matter to me.

Fast forward to February 2020, the Césars Awards ceremony (national film award of France) hits us like a truck and disregards everything we stand for by rewarding a sexual criminal. But it gets pushed back by Aïssa Maïga’s powerful speech and Adèle Haenel’s action. Everywhere in the streets of France, signs and posters have been sticked as a cry of anger. As usual, I turned to my pen and paper and drew the anger away, and I published it online. My creations are once again unexpectedly shared like crazy. I decided to print them and use them the next time I’d march. And that’s when I thought: I should make them available online for everyone. 

On www.affichesfeministes.com, you’ll find drawings of Adèle Haenel, Aïssa Maïga, and many more. I’ve turned many slogans and catchphrases (not always from me) into powerful visuals. While you still need to print them and build your own sign, I’d like to think I’m helping by providing ready-to-use and relevant content for your next protest. You can even find black-and-white design for you to color (if you feel like it), to add your personal touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If possible, I’d like to broaden the website’s collection and provide new signs and new slogans for everyone…. and that’s where you come in! I need you to send me any slogans or images you think would work! You can contact me at affichesfeministes@gmail.com 

If you want to support my website, I’ve made a Patreon just for this. Once the hosting cost is covered, any subsequent donation will be transferred to the Bordeaux Planned Parenthood organization, the one that helped me get there. Every year, they help and support hundred of people with sexual assault, sex education, and many other issues. 

Well then, when do we march?

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Madeline

Madeline was born in 1989 in Brest and currently lives in Bordeaux. Restaurant manager, she’s also an illustrator, a writer and a feminist. Since septembre 2020, she has published ready-to-use feminist posters to protest in the streets.

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