The Heroines Among Us
Mary Rouncefield combines honoring women in history with fashion. The result are these extraordinary ink drawn boots! Take a look at these stunningly unique pieces of art!
This piece was made to highlight the campaigns women have embarked on over the past century. These attempts to change society and to change the roles of women, should now be part of our cultural identity and shape the ways in which both men and women are perceived. These boots are covered with drawings illustrating a range of issues and campaigns which have been fought in the past, but sometimes forgotten in the present. One of the women appearing on the boots is Malala Yousafzai who, having been shot on her way to school, campaigned since her recovery for the right to education for all girls around the world. These include: Votes for Women, equal pay (now enshrined in law), the Women’s Peace camps, the universal right to education for all girls, the right to birth control and the broadening of women’s horizons by female pioneers.
Mary Rouncefield graduated in 2009 with an honours degree from the faculty of Art Media and Design at the University of the West of England, where she had studied as a mature student. Mary works in a variety of media, including textiles, drawing and print.
Past exhibitions include the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2007, ‘Titanic 100’ in New York and various exhibitions held at The Royal West of England Academy in her home city of Bristol.
In 2014 a series of drawings highlighting human trafficking were exhibited by Guerilla Galleries in London. Mary also contributed work to ‘Traditions Run Deeper than Law’ at the Red Gallery in 2015. Her work ‘Campaign Boots’ was exhibited in ‘Passion For Freedom’ at The Mall galleries in London and subsequently at the Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh. She has campaigned against the harmful practice of FGM and her piece ‘The Cut’ has been shown in various exhibitions in London.