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Claire: Illustrator  A Melbourne diary: Drawing, comics, brooches, vintage. Illustrator of 'Meet...Nellie Melba' published 2016

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I'm taking a break from IG for awhile.
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I found out an illustration project I've been working on for almost 2 years has been taken out from underneath me and is being published by a publisher I pitched to awhile ago.
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I am absolutely devastated and so disappointed. My passion for this project has been taken.
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Someone asked to draw on her t-shirt, I couldn't say no when she wanted to celebrate International Day of The Girl by writing
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'GIRLS CHANGE THE WORLD!'
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πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸšΊπŸšΊπŸšΊπŸšΊπŸ‘πŸ˜Š
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#internationaldayofthegirl

After reading about Ruth Elder and her participation in the Powder Puff Derby of 1929 (the first all female aviation race (women were not allowed to race men)) I came across Louise Thaden.
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Louise Thaden 1905-1979 (73) American pioneer aviator. In 1928 Louise set the first recognized women’s altitude record and in March, 1929 she set a solo endurance record.
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Low, fast and aggressive were three adjectives applied to Louise flying. She was a highly successful Golden Age air racer and one of the first female pilots to make aviation her business. She held the distinction of earning the first commercial license on the west coast.
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After participating in the Power Puff Derby in 1929 and winning! Louise lobbied for several years, along with Amelia Earhart to race with men. Finally, in 1936, the Bendix Company’s owners, who set aside big money for races every year, decided to put up some extra money, and allowed women to race in the race in 1936. The Bendix Trophy Race was held in Los Angeles.
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The organizers set a $4,500 prize for the winner of the race, and, assuming that there was no way a woman would win the competition, they also set a $2,500 award for the first woman to finish the race.
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Louise won $7,000 that year; she won the race; she won $4,500 for winning the race and $2,500 for being the first woman to finish the race. Ever since, women and men have raced together.
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*words adapted from www.tullahomanews.com and www.dmairfield.com
#tunabakedrawings #illustration #louisethaden #womeninhistory #brushandink #gouache

A holiday is definitely over when you go back to work 😒😊
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On a side note I just stared down a guy on the tram who put his shoes on the seat in front of him and I won!!
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Shoes off seats people, no one wants dirty marks on their clothes from your shoes πŸ‘ŠπŸ’₯πŸ˜†

After staggering off the plane yesterday in a sweaty, nervous state (I hate flying and it was only a 2 hour flight) I thought I'd look into more pioneering female pilots.
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Ruth Elder 1902-1977 (74) American aviation pioneer and actress.
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In 1927 Ruth took off from New York in the airplane 'American Girl' with George Haldeman as her pilot, in an attempt to become the first woman transatlantic airplane rider (destination, Paris).
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Mechanical problems caused them to ditch the plane 360 miles from land, but they established a new over-water endurance flight record and It was also at the time, the longest flight ever made by a woman.
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Ruth was warned against flying in winter however 5 months after Charles Lindbergh completed the first transatlantic flight, the race was on to match his record and by a woman (she few the plane 9 hours of the flight).
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Ruth made 2 films after her flight and had a lucrative public speaking career and model; the press labelling her 'Miss America of Aviation'.
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In 1929 Ruth took part in the first Women's Air Derby, also known as the Powder Puff Derby, flying against many well known pilots like Amelia Earhart. Subsequently she was part of 'The 99s' (International Organisation of Women Pilots) - I'll write more about this organisation another time.
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Marrying 6 times, Ruth worked in her later years for Howard Hughes as an executive secretary in the aviation industry and the title character of the Ruth Darrow Flying Stories book series is said be based on Ruth Elder.
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*words adapted from Wikipedia, www.ctie.monash.edu.au and dmairfield.com
#tunabakedrawings #ruthelder #illustration #brushandink #womeninhistory #thepowerpuffderby

Good bye Burleigh holiday πŸŒŠπŸŒžπŸŠπŸΏπŸŒΏπŸ‘‹

Last day of our holiday spent with 2 friends, makes our holiday all the harder to leave 😒🌊🌞

Mother and son wading at the beaches edge yesterday.
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#sketch #waterbrush #illustration #tunabakedrawings #watercolour

I finished 'The Customer is Always Wrong' - which was amazing!! And made me cry.
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So I moved onto Miss A's graphic novel 'Roller Girl' by Victoria Jamieson, such a great story about navigating friendships and being yourself...and roller derby πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ˜„πŸ‘
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#comics #graphicnovels #rollergirl #victoriajamieson

I'll be on the balcony for rest of the afternoon - the surf was amazing this morning 🌊🏊🏿🌞

Another little sketch from the beach 🏊🏿 🌊 🌞
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#illustration #tunabakedrawings #waterbrush #sketch

A young Banksia 🌱
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#banksia #australianflora

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