Winnipeg artist Jennifer Paterson is working on a new project to highlight accomplished women, from past and present. Right now, she’s running a Kickstarter to raise money to publish a colouring book that will feature her own images of 30 women. We caught up with her to learn more about the Women Change-Makers: a colouring book.

Cockroach (C): Why did you decide to create this project?

Jennifer Paterson (JP): Given the current world sociopolitical climate, I wanted to do something positive for women and girls. With this colouring book, I hope to inspire while also cultivating mindfulness and other benefits of colouring.

C: Who are some of the women who will be featured?

JP: I don’t currently have all of the women chosen so I am encouraging people to be involved and tell me who they’d like to see in the book! I have already drawn Malala  Yousafzai, Edna Adan, Zaha Hadid and Valentina Tereshkova.

C: What criteria are you using to choose women?

JP: The criteria is pretty loose as people are inspired by different things. Some of the women include scientists, social activists and athletes. Some are the first women in their fields to accomplish certain feats, but it’s not always firsts that have a lasting impact so it can really be anything!

C: Will there be any text in the book telling folks about the people in the images?

JP: Yes! Each image will be accompanied by a short bio highlighting the women’s achievements.

C: What will getting the funding mean to you?

JP: Receiving enough funding to get this book off the ground will be a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to marry my love of art with education and this is really the best way I could think of doing that. I hope people fall in love with this project as it’s very close to my heart.

C: Is there anything else you’d like to say?

JP: If you can share the project please do! Not everyone can afford to back projects on Kickstarter but spreading the word is just as important.

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