You’ve probably come across, Martina Martian or her work while flipping through Instagram. This talented woman is the brilliant woman behind many fun designs and popular GIF challenges. She creates a whole lot of female-powered and positive designs. Martina shared with us how she began her career as an illustrator and how she finds her creativity and inspiration while working and traveling the world.
Tell us about yourself…
“I’m a full-time, travelling freelance illustrator. I create bright and positive designs for various companies and brands around the world.
I had always dreamt of having a creative career but never imagined that illustration would be my calling. Let alone allow me to travel the world. When friends and strangers started commissioning me to illustrate for them, I became inspired to pursue illustration/design more seriously. Eventually small businesses were hiring me. Within a year larger companies such as ASOS, Cotton ON, Reebok, Snapchat etc. were hiring me to design for them too!
What’s inspires your work?
You’d recognise my work for it’s bright colours, bold messages and nostalgic twist. I find inspiration from 80’s/90’s television, records, toys and anything kitsch and colourful. The themes of empowerment and positivity are inspired by real moments, important discussions, and powerful women I meet whilst travelling.
Some of my favourite projects in the past have been designing GIFs and stickers for Snapchat, Instagram and iMessages! They’re incredibly fun to make and it’s so surreal seeing people using them on their stories around the globe.
My advice for women looking to become a freelance illustrator is; start building your network, offering your services and branding yourself early. Don’t be afraid to show your work to anyone you meet. It’s also important to remember that being a digital nomad and freelancing is scary and exhilarating all at once. You must embrace spontaneity, be flexible and open minded. I wouldn’t live life any other way!”
This week we’re highlighting amazing female communities and the founders behind them who are helping making a difference.
From two women who wanted to make work + travel possible for more women, to ladies who want to make it easier to make friends, these women have built fantastic women’s communities.
They shared with us what it means to them to empower women and how they’re helping do just that. Read their takes below.
CASSIE & SHAY Co-founders of Bucketlist Bombshells
Photo via bucketlistbombshells.com
What does it mean to you to empower women?
“To us, empowering women at its core is supporting other women and lifting each other up in life and business. It means encouraging women to be their best selves and realizing that we are stronger when we come together. We believe that empowered women (women who are supported, confident and strong) have the power to bring about positive change in our world.”
How do you empower women through what you do?
“Our company, The Bucketlist Bombshells, was created with the single mission to ignite a revolution of location-independent millennial women. We do this through teaching them to work online, travel the world and live creatively.
The initial inspiration for the business came about when we started pursuing this work and travel lifestyle ourselves but lacked any mentorship or community of like-minded millennial women to support us on our journey.
We empower the women in our community by educating them through our BB Academy of online courses. As well, we cultivate a positive and supportive community of over 10,000 women in our Facebook group.
Also, we strongly believe in using our business as a catalyst for positive change and using education to break down social and economic barriers. We donate a percentage of our profits to the Kopila Valley School in Surkhet, Nepal and currently support 16 amazing girls to receive a life-changing education.”
Chary: “In the shortest and simplest way: help a sister out! To me, empowering women is about sharing your experiences with one another in hopes that your words and actions will inspire, and more importantly, uplift them. It is all about helping other women be their better selves.”
Emily: “You know that “tingly” feeling in your stomach? Im not talking about butterflies or sickness. I mean that fearful yet fearless, strong yet weak, excited yet nervous, powerful “tingly” feeling. That exact feeling is what empowerment means to me. It has helped women all over the world speak up for themselves when society tells them not to, take a stand or take a charge for what is right, and most importantly: be unapologetic. That “tingly” feeling is the true guiding light to who we are inside and it helps us break it through to the outside.”
How do you empower women through what you do?
“We are storytellers. We share stories about women’s struggles and aspiring business owners with the our community. Also, we organize gatherings/ events to bring that interaction offline to build authentic relationships. By sharing their stories to the unknown public, we encourage women to be vulnerable and this is an act of empowering others.”
We had a blast at our ladies coworking event in Bali!
After visiting many co-working spaces around the world, we know there’s a need for female-only spaces. With all these fantastic, female-only coworking spaces popping up around the world, there are still very few in Asia. After Behere co-founder, Meesen Brown, entered one-too-many male dominated spaces, she knew she needed to create more spaces for women to connect.
Somewhere for them to meet, chat and share tips and experiences. But most importantly, a space for women to feel comfortable, in a beautiful setting that encourages creativity and inspiration. And that, is how our idea for women’s coworking events was born.
This past week, we co-hosted a ladies brunch and coworking event in Canggu, Bali in collaboration with Bucketlist Bombshells. The event was free for all ladies to attend and we were thrilled by the response.
There was so many great conversations, inspiring stories and meaningful connections made. Over 30 women came to brunch, do some coworking and meet with other likeminded, driven women, exploring the world with some serious entrepreneurial instincts. The ladies shared their experiences traveling, what prompted them to take the leap to start working remotely while traveling and for many, how they started their own businesses to do so.
Here’s some more awesome snaps from our photographer at the event!
Special thanks to our cohost, Cassie, from Bucketlist Bombshells, who helped made this event possible.
AND shout out to all the lovely ladies who attended. We’re super excited to continue hosting events like these around the world and were, yet again, thrilled by the response. We know the need for these events, meet-ups and connections with female communities is an important part of what we’re doing and we can’t wait for more to come. Stay tuned!