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The idea behind the ironLady illustration


At the beginning of this brand, we wanted to challenge our creativity with new perspectives and ideas to illustrate.

As a result we had a opportunity participate in a sex convention in the city of Porto. The objective was to design illustrations that could relate Porto’s buildings and landscapes to human sexual symbols.

We started by choosing the organs that are more sexually representative/explicit: mouth(lips), breasts, butt, penis and vulva. Then we looked for them in the landscape and architecture landmarks of Porto two weeks before we started sketching.

Finally, we identified potential icons of Porto as the Dom Luis I Bridge, the Clérigos TowerCasa Música / Crystal Palace and Douro river to create this collection.

Vulva as Dom Luis I Bridge

Designed in 1881 by Thophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, the Dom Luis I Bridge is one of the most representative architectural elements of the cast-iron architecture. The Eiffel Tower is the ex-libris example of this style.

This bridge strategically placed between the two granite colossuses in Porto and Gaia gives a unique beauty connection to the cities.

Creativity background

In our own purpose, we sought to find in this bridge different ways of interpreting. Thus we isolated it, multiplied it, mirrored it…

isolated image of Luis I bridge for ironLady illustration

We stopped in anaesthetic shape where the creative vision of who observes it, can see the bridge in a structural way or simply in a more organic way with big resemblances to the vulva.

You can check the ironLady illustration in our t-shirts and tote bags at our shop. Let us also know what did you think about the design conception at our instagram or facebook page.