Google’s latest Doodle celebrates the International Women’s Day and it features SA’s very own creative and illustrator, Karabo Poppy Moletsane.
Google got in touch with 12 artists from 12 different countries, and each artist shared a personal story through a series of visual narratives that represent “a moment, person or event that has impacted their lives as women.”
Karabo Poppy explains what International Women’s Day means to her:
“International Women’s Day to me is a way to celebrate and show gratitude to those who fought for gender equality across the world. And I see the best way to celebrate and thank these history makers is by having women everywhere make the most of the opportunities we have and really explore this unbridled potential we posses. Also not forgetting the countries where gender equality is not embraced and as a collective of people find ways to change this and support those that are fighting for this goal.”
With her artistic work, Karabo Poopy tells a story of a girl named Ntsoaki who was destined to live counter-culturally.
Below are the snippets of the story:
There was a girl named Ntsoaki. She was destined to live counter-culturally. She desired to join the young men in their coming of age ritual of lion wrestling. The chief was moved by her bold request and voted in her favour Ntsoaki’s technique was new and involved dancing the lion into yielding to her The village roared with songs of elation at Ntsoaki’s victory.
Karabo Poppy Moletsane is an illustrator and designer who uses her creative work to tell the South African story. The series of her work brings together inspiration from local cultures, global influences and historical connection. She was selected as one of the seven winners of the “Are You With Us?” T-shirt design competition run by Woolworths and US musician Pharrell Williams. We can go on and on with her huge portfolio of work and collaborating with a bunch of local+international brands.
Recently she teamed up Mr Price for a t-shirt collaboration, then with Futura and Nike to create a 200m hand painted wall mural outside the Nike Football Training Center in Soweto.
She has done more work with Woolworths, Calvin Klein, Jameson SA and Russell Hobbs to mention a few.