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Create! Magazine x Art Girl Rising Collaboration

THEY ARE FINALLY HERE! We’re so excited to bring you a side project that we’ve been working on for a few months with Liezel Strauss, founder of Art Girl Rising. You’ve likely seen us sharing our obsession with her now Insta-famous t-shirts that each list a set of five iconic women artists. We couldn’t resist being a part of her incredible project to support the National Museum of Women in the Arts as well as their #5womenartists campaign so we created a special edition t-shirt (in gray & pink) with five women artists who we love. A portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold will be donated to the museum. As an all female team, we here at Create! Magazine want to do the most that we can to both provide more opportunities for contemporary women artists and also to be educators and champions for all of the women in the art world today!

You can purchase these special edition shirts directly from our webshop! *We only made a limited amount of them so make sure to get yours before they sell out.

Learn more about Art Girl Rising in an interview with Liezel from our 2018 Miami Edition.

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Who are Hilma, Mickalene, Marina, Shirin, and Judy?


When Swedish artist Hilma af Klint began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, they were like little that had been seen before: bold, colorful, and untethered from any recognizable references to the physical world. It was years before Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, and others would take similar strides to rid their own artwork of representational content. Yet while many of her contemporaries published manifestos and exhibited widely, af Klint kept her paintings largely private. She rarely exhibited them and, convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her work, stipulated that it not be shown for twenty years following her death. Ultimately, her work was all but unseen until 1986, and only over the subsequent three decades has it begun to receive serious attention.

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Mickalene Thomas, who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, is best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. She draws on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense-of-self are informed by the ways women (and “feminine” spaces) are represented in art and popular culture.

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Marina Abramović, born November 30, 1946, is a Serbian performance artist, writer, and art filmmaker. Her work explores body art, endurance art and feminist art, the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Being active for over four decades, Abramović refers to herself as the "grandmother of performance art". She pioneered a new notion of identity by bringing in the participation of observers, focusing on "confronting pain, blood, and physical limits of the body".

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Shirin Neshat is a contemporary Iranian artist best known for films such as Rapture (1999), which explore the relationship between women and the religious and cultural value systems of Islam. Born on March 26, 1957 in Qazin, Iran, she left to study in the United States at the University of California at Berkeley before her the Iranian Revolution in 1979. While her early photographs were overtly political, her film narratives tend to be more abstract, focusing around themes of gender, identity, and society. The split-screened video Turbulent (1998) won Neshat the First International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999.

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Born July 20, 1939 in Chicago, IL, Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans five decades. In 1974, Chicago turned her attention to the subject of women’s history to create her most well-known work, The Dinner Party, which was executed between 1974 and 1979 with the participation of hundreds of volunteers. This monumental multimedia project, a symbolic history of women in Western Civilization, has been seen by more than one million viewers during its sixteen exhibitions held at venues spanning six countries.

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Community Over Competition: Jamie Smith, founder of THRIVE

On this episode, Kat talks with Jamie Smith about her journey, starting THRIVE and the importance of community and accountability for artists. 


Being artists is very important and often lonely work and it’s our belief that to be thriving artists we must make art, meet our people and do the work. THRIVE is a membership community of worldwide visual artists! Our Mastermind program welcomes trans and cis women, as well as those who are genderqueer, femme-identifying and non-binary.  




  • THRIVE Mastermind starts in June. The deadline to apply is May 15th!

  • Meet for a year once a month online with other working artists all over the world. 

  • You can be based anywhere in the world and they have different meeting times for all the time zones. 

  • Visit to learn more, watch their info video and apply. 

Jamie’s recent work and process

KiiK Create

Manoela Madera and Gray Edgerton met on their first day of sculpture class at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY in 2003. They began drawing and painting alongside one another and exploring the city together. By 2014 their collaborations evolved into a multi-disciplinary arts, graphics, and lifestyle studio dedicated to enlivening their surroundings with energetic vibrations of form and color. They discovered that by working collaboratively they could express a vision that was greater than the sum of its individual parts. Thus KiiK Create was born.

KiiK Create generates brightly colored, dynamic, abstract compositions centering on the themes of portals, cycles, transformation, duality, and parallel universes. Exploring new mediums and ways to color the world has led them to expand their range of output, taking on projects that push their creativity beyond a canvas mounted on a wall.

KiiK Create has participated in fine art exhibitions worldwide and painted murals for public art organizations, street art festivals, private residences, restaurants, and helicopter hangars. They’ve designed graphics for apparel, textiles for fabrics and upholstery. KiiK Create has also designed and built furniture and customized all types of objects from surfboards to grand pianos. They have collaborated with interior designers, surf companies, fashion brands, landscape architects, furniture makers, and other artists. They built and launched their online design store in 2015, offering pillows, phone cases, tote bags, and tapestries.

While staying true to painting, the foundation of their creative endeavors and inspirations, and continuing to take part in fine art exhibitions, KiiK Create strives to incorporate their visions of color energy into as many different facets and surroundings as possible.

"We love co-creating, with each other and the universe. We share this process through KiiK Create."


"Enter the Vortex"

Feel yourself transported to an alternate universe, a space between realms, where colors and patterns shift and collide to activate your perception.

"Enter the Vortex" is firsthand look inside a KiiK Create color-saturated portal installation. KiiK Create’s vibrant abstract geometric mural transforms the space into an immersive installation where the power of color and pattern can be seen and felt as a visceral physical force.

"We create these works to be uplifting and transformative. We want them to activate their surroundings and become attractors that radiate instant energy. We see them as gateways to transport the viewer beyond the everyday”. KiiK Create’s exploration of space through color uses geometry and vivid colors to generate captivating visual designs meant to signify higher vibrational energies.

"A is Yellow" by Anchovy and Julija Goyd

Via Artconnect

A is Yellow is an ongoing collaboration between Anchovy ( and Julija Goyd. Born out of a simple curiosity of what language might look like, the collection of silk scarves suggests a literal way to speak through your appearance. Design of each of the pieces is defined by an algorithm that distorts letterforms, creating an abstract flow of color. The language thus becomes a tactile artifact bound by physical ties with the human body.