Babette Wagenvoort
Exercises in Drawn Protest


Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Urged on by worries caused by Brexit and the election of Trump I started this project on the day of Women’s March on Washington in 2017. Since then I've searched online for protesting women all over the world and have published over 800 drawings on instagram (@drawn_protest), hoping to somehow empower these women by giving them a lasting visual presence through several publication methods.

How was the illustration used:
All drawings are first published on People can order them as high quality prints (on demand) in several dark colours. A selection was published in the riso-booklets STRIDE 1 & 2. I made seven drawings into designs for badges now available through I’m still working on other possibilities for publication.

How did you make this work:
The original drawings are made in a variety of colours, materials and sizes. They are turned into square black & white images for publication on Instagram and into colours for the A4 prints. STRIDE booklets: I re-worked a selection of drawings, making them into two-colour riso prints. Stereohype buttons: I've re-drawn some of the images, so that the lines would still be visible on the tiny scale.

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Babette Wagenvoort (MA RCA) has published in VPRO Gids, Hollands Maandblad, Le Gun, Dazed & Confused, De Volkskrant a.o. In 2019 her self-initiated book ‘An Evening At The Women’s Association’ was published by Lecturis. Other recent projects include riso-booklets STRIDE and the animation ‘Nature Caught Moving’. She has taught at many academies, incl. KABK, Den Haag, HKU, Utrecht and The London Institute. She was chief-editor of between 2012-2018.