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International Women's Day Month:
Hani Pathan

International Women's <strike>Day</strike> Month: <br>Hani Pathan

With the arrival of March, we’re proud to celebrate International Women’s Day all month long, and to extend our support, we sat down and spoke with eight creative women to highlight their work in practice.

The theme of this year’s IWD is “Break The Bias” — seeking a world free of stereotypes and discrimination where difference is valued and celebrated to create a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

We were fortunate enough to talk with women from Toronto and Vancouver, discussing their careers, achievements, and upbringings while focusing on their artistry and individuality. They welcomed us into their homes, studios, and workspaces to get a feel about who they are, what they do, and why International Women’s Day is important to them.

Can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about what you do?
My name is Huney Studios and I’m a visual artist from Scarborough, Toronto. Besides canvases, I paint on shoes, bags, and clothing. My art revolves around empowering women, exploring mental health, and nostalgia.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
This day is about acknowledging women’s power and celebrating each other.

In your experience, what skills have been essential to succeed in your field?
Confidence, practice, and being your biggest supporter. The first two are skills that will get you through the door and the last one is the key to staying there.

How can we encourage more women to pursue entrepreneurial roles/creative careers?
Representation and supporting female creatives! When I started, it was hard to find other South Asian women in the arts field. Over the years, through the love and support the few of us put in, I’m happy to see more women who look like me in the field. Immense power lies in seeing someone who looks like you be successful, proving it's possible for you too.

Which women inspired you growing up and why?
The women in my family who made ends meet when it seemed impossible.

What advice would you give to your younger self that's just starting out?
Your stories are worth sharing. Keep creating for yourself and the world will pay attention.

What’s your favourite Nike shoe and why?
Honestly, the Nike Air Force 1. Mainly because painting on them kickstarted my career. They’re my canvas.


For more from Hani Pathan, you can check her out at @huneystudios, or visit her at @mackhouseinc.

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