To celebrate Women’s History Month this year, Old Navy is providing a platform for two amazing female artists. The brand collaborates with artists Shar Tuiasoa and Shawna X on a special collection of t-shirts that embodies the theme, “the power of one woman”, as part of its Project WE initiative, which celebrates and honors important cultural moments. to help create a more inclusive world through art.
To celebrate this initiative, Old Navy also donated $1 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support youth arts programs in communities across the country.
Ahead of the line’s launch, the women shared their inspirations for their t-shirt designs, available for shop hereand what the theme of women’s empowerment means to them.
Shar Tuiasoa is a Hawaii-based illustrator and founder of Punky Aloha Studio. His dreamy, whimsical artwork inspired by his Pacific Islander heritage has earned him much-deserved attention, including a deal with Harper Collins for two children’s picture books. The nickname “Punky” is true to its style – vibrant and influenced by pop-punk.
“I am stronger when I am able to overcome adversity. I feel powerful when I am surrounded by my incredible mana wahine community,” says Tuiasoa, which translates to “powerful women” in Hawaiian – invoking spiritual power. feminine.
As for her definition of a woman’s power, Tuiasoa thinks she doesn’t always look the same. “It can be big, it can be small, it can be loud or quiet, it can be found in our individuality or in the strength of a community,” she says. “It comes in so many forms and it is OURS. It belongs to us and cannot be taken away. The artist herself feels most in touch with her power when she connects to the land and the ocean.
Shawna X, meanwhile, is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer whose work focuses on motherhood and cultural identity. She honors her Chinese name, Xiayun, with the X in her professional name. Her work is made of bright colors and psychedelic floral patterns, a more abstract rendering of femininity.
“I feel more powerful when I’m in touch and honest with myself,” says Shawna X. Her idea of a powerful woman is “someone who is open, compassionate, supportive – it all comes from a place of strength”.