ABOUT THE PROJECT
I’ve been so inspired by so many incredible women throughout my life, but rarely do these strong, powerful and life changing women ever cross that line into becoming a childhood hero.
Determined for that not to be the case for my son, I made this book with Grace Lee.
Amazing Babes was created in the hope that my son would grow up admiring and looking up to people who have done incredible things, regardless of gender. And let me tell you, it turned out great. So great that we want more than my little bub to be able to wander through its pages.
We’re currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to print the book and make it available to more than just a population of one. If this thing sounds like something you want in on, please help us make it happen and pledge your support
A word or two about the name. Babes is meant to be endearing, not demeaning. Please choose to interpret it in the first meaning given to it by the ultimate authority, urban dictionary
, as that’s how it was intended. We thought of going with other names that didn’t have the same ambiguity, but we liked that this didn’t sound like a text book, and that these women are genuinely all babes (first sense of the word) because of their brains and their beings, so we went with it. Plus - this is a kid’s book! A book for real life, non ambiguous, Oxford Dictionary definition babes! Amazing ones, at that.
But yes, amazing babes is problematic. Whatever you do, do not google it, and do not drop the .au from this web page. If you needed another reason to embrace this project, think of how prevalent demeaning, rather than celebratory, representations of women are in our lives from such a young age. Let’s try and flip that! Come celebrate these amazing babes with us!
Grace Lee (pictures)
Grace Lee is a freelance illustrator from Sydney, Australia, currently based in Tokyo, Japan. Her work includes contributions to Papier Mache, Stella,Anthology and Extra Curricularmagazines. More recently she has worked across editorial, packaging and advertising projects for Japanese clients, including Numéro Tokyo, FRaU, Figaro Japon, BEAMS and ISETAN. Prior to moving to Tokyo, she was editorial designer at Inside Out magazine. Her illustrations can be found at graceleeillustrator.com .
Eliza Sarlos (words)
Artistic Director at Underbelly Arts
. Law student. Mum. Former radio maker, writer, Sound Summit Director & Exec Officer. I like making things happen and gushing about the world. And how spectacular Grace Lee is.