It is a prevalent opinion that the world of crypto, NFTs and (to an extent) IT is largely dominated by men, where women are relegated as outsiders who are trying to get in. However, this is far from reality, as we have seen over the past two years how women have capitalized on the evolving NFT technology and now occupy prominent space in the global NFT and crypto community.
As a female artist working prominently in the NFT art space, I wanted to use this blog to highlight and endorse female talent in this field, who are creating feminist art and using this tech to further their ambitions.
So, here the 3 female NFT pioneer artists that you need to keep your eyes on:
- Yam Karkai (https://worldofwomen.art/)
How can we talk about female NFT pioneers without mentioning Yam Karkai, the founder of the World of Women (WoW) community and NFT project? Having worked in the digital art space for quite some time now, Yam has certainly been an NFT trailblazer with WoW as it helps provide equal opportunities for all women and features over 10,000 artworks from female artists across the globe. The collection has now completely sold out and some of the artworks can be found on the secondary market. Additionally, portions of the proceeds from the NFT sales have been used to donate and support various women-focussed charities such as Too Young to Wed, Rockflower Fund, Code to Inspire and She’s the First.
Speaking of her art, her style is visually stimulating as it makes a dynamic use of bold colours, fantastical imagery and soft lines to create striking portraits of women. She has mentioned that the inspiration of her art comes from her own experiences, having lived in multicultural communities throughout her life.
- Krista Kim (https://www.kristakimstudio.com/)
Having always been a visionary on the convergence of art and technology, Krista Kim is a contemporary artist and the founder of the Techism Movement which focuses the union of futurism, art and technology. She made waves in the NFT space, when she sold her first “digital home” for $500 000 as part of her art project called “Mars House”. With her new NFT collection listed on SuperRare, Krista is continuing to create thought provoking artwork which questions the direction in which our future and technology is headed.
Besides her impressive work in NFTs, Krista also produces work through her Krista Kim Studio which expounds on her artistic philosophy and the Techism Movement. Over the course of the pandemic, she has created Meditative Design which is a creative extension of her practice that intends to integrate the practice of meditation into everyday lives through art, architecture, design and fashion.
- Maliha Abidi (https://malihaabidi.com/)
Maliha Abidi is a young woman wearing many hats: she is an artist, author, entrepreneur and an NFT creator amongst many other things (she is also one of the co-creators of the first school in the Metaverse). Originating from Pakistan, Maliha has worked from the US to create art that raises awareness for women’s rights across the globe. She has self-published a beautiful book called Pakistan For Women, which features 50 profiles of well-known high achieving women from Pakistan and is already working on her second book, Rise: Extraordinary Women of Colour Who Changed the World.
Regarding her work in the NFT space, she is a co-founder of a successful NFT project which features her popular portrait art titled, Women Rise. The project has over 5,600 NFTs and is focussed on bringing 100,000 more women into the Web3 space by the end of this year. Maliha aims to utilize “this technology as a decentralized runway to bring opportunities that have been kept from so many communities, and especially women. People’s voices who have never been valued or heard finally will be – and opportunities in tech, education finance and the overall economy will be far richer than ever before.”
There are plenty of other incredible women that are taking charge in the NFT space which I hope to feature in my future blogs soon but for now; I would love for you to go check out and support the amazing work of the women featured in this blog. So, go on and show them some love!
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