Cassandra Fountaine is a freelance illustrator that also enjoys textile, motion and graphic design. When she is not creating art, she likes swimming, drinking iced coffees and taking walks around her neighborhood. Cassandra graduated with a BFA in illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2015. Since then she's worked as a freelancer for animators, home textile companies, and graphic design firms. Cassandra currently lives in Berkeley, CA with her cat Edith and her partner Kennedy.
Who is a woman who Womazes you?
That is such a difficult question because there are so many women in the world that amaze me. I'd have to say at the moment the woman that inspires me the most is my wonderful partner Kennedy. Kennedy and I have been together for the past two years and being around her makes me want to be a better person everyday, and I think that's the best gift you can get from someone. Kennedy is also a creative, she works in theatre making wigs and costumes for actors, and we both support each other in our creative goals in life. I'm very lucky to have her as my partner.
What is the inspiration behind the piece of art you’ve submitted?
My inspiration for this piece is also about another woman that amazes me. Lisa Congdon! If you don't know her you should totally check out her art and her talks on YouTube. I've been following Lisa on instagram for awhile now, and I hope to be half as cool as she is when I'm 50 years old. She's inspired me to get back into things I love doing like biking and swimming, along with making my artwork. So this one is for you Lisa!
What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about my artwork and my creative expression. I'm passionate about women's rights and LGBTQIA+ rights, and I'm passionate about my independence, happiness, and health :)
What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now?
Oh wow, I think I have a few messages that the word needs to hear right now...that a person is a person no matter their gender or sexual orientation. You should treat people how you'd like to be treated. That if someone is different than you, it doesn't automatically make them bad or wrong. That trans women are women and trans men are men. And last that feminism is about equality.
To see more of Cassandra's work, visit her Instagram (@heycasshey) and check out her website (cassandrafountaine.com).