Monday, January 13, 2014

Lean In Lean Out {Brava Magazine}

Last Fall, I had an illustration first - my first editorial illustration was published!

Brava Magazine is a Madison-based publication focused on women + style + substance. It recently got a facelift, thanks to my good friend and fellow designer, Jinger. As the editor-in-chief puts it, "We've reimagined Brava as the most fun, interesting and inspiring girlfriend we could think of.". Neat, huh?

I got the opportunity to create a full-page illustration for the article Lean In. Lean Out. What's on Madison women's minds by Anne Morrissy. Inspired by the book Lean In : Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, the article focused on "the controversy over women's roles in a 21st-century 'post-feminist' society". 

I can definitely relate to the discussion regarding women choosing work over family. Since I own my own business, I am constantly struggling to find a balance between work and life. And working from home doesn't help, either - it is much too easy to hop on the computer while Stella is playing in the next room. As my business as grown, I have made an effort to separate the two, but it isn't easy. This was a very compelling read.

If you're interested in reading the article (or the rest of the magazine, for that matter), here is a link to the September 2013 issue. The Lean In article is on page 42.



  1. That is AWESOME Emily!!!

  2. Emily emily emily BBBBBBB!!!!!!!!! You continue to freak us all out with your beautiful talents!!!! That illustration is BEyond fabulous, as is the article. Leaning in-leaning out ... a constant dialectical opposition for all working parents. LOVE the colors and the fun up-do. I always wonder how much stuff I could tuck in a really big up-do that might help me get through my day. GREAT job Emily B!!!


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