“Idle Women on the Water” A brick throwin’, hijab-wearin’, hairy legged, space takin’ odyssey by Candice Purwin
Casting herself in the guise of a lone observer called the ‘Beast’, Candice Purwinjoined Idle Women (Rachel Anderson and Cis O’Boyle) on atwo-year quest to make space for women along the waterways of North West England. Travelling withthe Selina Cooper, Idle Women’s purpose-built narrowboat named forthe 19thcentury suffragist who lived in Lancashire, Purwin bears witness to Idle Women’s experiences with womenartists, writers and activists, and the women and girls ofthe canalsidetowns through which they pass.Part manifesto, part social history and part traveloguein the form of a graphic novel, Purwin stages Idle Women’s quiet revolution on the canals as a new landmark fo rwomen’s activism and feminist culture.
Idle Women on the Wateris an urgent call to arms for women everywhere to speak out, resist and revolt in order to survive and thrive.
About Candice PurwinCandice Purwin writes and draws comics and sometimes animates things. She lives in Edinburgh and can often be found undera desk, atop a shelf, or out on a hill where the humans are few and far between. www.candicepurwin.comAbout Idle WomenIdle Women is an arts and social justice project that creates vibrant and adventurousspaces with and for all women. Workingwith principles of co-creation and collaboration outsideformal institutional settings they aim to build creative sustainable spaces for women, that can’t be cut, closed down or taken away.To affect deepandlasting change,Idle Women produce seasonal cyclesof public workshops, social gatherings and activitiesfor women, as well aslong-term projects including the development of a medicinal or physic garden dedicated to women and girls on the banks of the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Based in Lancashire, Idle Women are currently workingin the post-industrial towns of Blackburn, Accrington and Nelson.
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