MEET THE ARTIST: Libby VanderPloeg
Libby VanderPloeg is a Midwest-based artist, illustrator, and designer. She grew up in Michigan on the edge of the Great Lakes dunes in a small town called Grand Haven and has since lived in Grand Rapids, Chicago, New York, and Stockholm. Her mixed-media paintings, animations, and digital illustrations drift between art, pop, and meme culture, exploring her relationship to feminism, activism, aesthetic ideals, and daydreamy pursuits of happiness. When she’s not drawing, you might fun her running, cycling, or on a quest for buttery pastry. Libby’s artwork has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Time Out, Food 52, Ann Taylor LOFT, and TED Talks among many, many others. Her work is very relevant, often reflecting on social movements impacting women such as the #MeToo movement and the Womxn’s March.
What was your inspiration for this line?
I’m inspired by all of the brave women throughout history-- the suffragists, the feminists, the activists-- who’ve stood up against injustice to demand that women’s voices be heard and their votes be counted. These women truly are heroes!
How important is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to you?
This anniversary is incredibly meaningful to me. Without the right to vote, we’d have no say in our democracy or power to meaningly exercise our influence in policy-making.The fight for equality will never be done, but think of how much ground women have gained in the first 100 years. Today almost a quarter of our representatives in congress are female, and that is huge. And with every election cycle, that number keeps rising! This anniversary reminds me to be grateful for how far we’ve come.
How do you hope this collaboration and line will impact our community?
I hope to see people share the love, and gift these treats as a thanks to someone who helped lift them up when they needed support, be it a mom, a mentor, a teacher, or a best friend. And I can’t think of a better partner to create that sweet treat with than Seattle Chocolate Company. Not only are they a women-owned company, but they use ethically-sourced chocolate and have so many sustainability initiatives built into their business practice. Love this leadership!
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