You're Welcome Club celebrates human diversity in the broadest sense. Loving all shapes, sizes and colours, being inclusive of all kinds of gender identities and sexualities, and embracing all body types. Illustrations by Hilde Atalanta (creator of The Vulva Gallery).
Hilde: "The popular media are portraying a certain image, “ideal” or “perfect” women and men. They are mostly thin/athletic models, often white - and mainly very feminine women and very masculine men. Many individuals don’t recognise themselves in these models, presented as “ideal” women and men. Seeing these “perfect” models can make an individual feel insecure about themselves, even feeling left out - as it’s often an impossible standard they have to live up to. However, seeing oneself represented (in popular media) can give an individual the reassurance that they are normal, that they belong, that they are part of our society. With You’re Welcome Club I wanted to make a series of illustrations where I’m showing a wide diversity of human beings, with different kinds of backgrounds, sexualities, gender identities and body shapes. An honest representation of our society, but with the emphasis on individuals that aren’t often portrayed. I’m aiming to make a series of illustrations in which people recognise themselves. I want people to feel welcome, to feel included, and to know that they belong in our society just as much as everybody else."
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Hello! My name is Hilde Atalanta. I'm an illustrator and painter, living and working in Amsterdam.
I love making portraits, and I like working in different styles. I mainly work with graphite pencils, watercolour, acrylic paint and black ink. I recently started making bigger works on canvas.
My work revolves around the search for identity and different forms of relationships, sexualities and gender identities. In my work I like to play with gender; many of the - often androgynous - characters I paint are based on female models.
Besides making portraits, I'm working on two other projects. With The Vulva Gallery I focus on body positivity and sexual health education. With You're Welcome Club, I focus on diversity, body positivity and inclusivity.
I'm available for commissions and collaborations. If you would like to get in touch, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on the contact button and send me a message.
For availability of prints, please contact me. You can also find all my work in my Etsy shop.