12 Women – 12 Portraits for Womankind magazine

Visual Designer Charis Tsevis had the honour and pleasure to create 12 portraits for 12 issues of the magazine Womankind. Every issue is dedicated to a different country, era and personality. That gave him the opportunity to study and virtually travel around so many places on earth.

Womankind. Womankind represents a new era for women: Womankind is an advertising-free women’s magazine on self, identity and meaning in today’s society. Womankind features the top journalists, authors and artists in a 132 page, perfect-bound magazine – offering a signature mix of reporting and commentary on culture, creativity, philosophy, nature and ways to live a more fulfilling life. It is published in Australia and recently in UK and the USA.

Charis Tsevis. Visual designer of Greek origin, Charis Tsevis is based in Paphos, Cyprus. He serves global clients including Pepsi, Nike, Toyota, IKEA, TIME, Fortune, WIRED, The Wall Street Journal and many more.
His work has been awarded at Epica, NPSA and ED-Awards in the US and Europe. Charis Tsevis has studied design and advertising in Milan and Athens and he is a visiting professor at AKTO College, Greece. He frequently contributes to prominent publications with articles on design theory, aesthetics and cyberculture.

Enjoy below all the 12 artworks or visit Charis Tsevis website to see more of his work.


#12: Greece

A mosaic portrait of Persephone for the cover of the 12th issue of Womankind magazine. Created using original mosaic cracked tiles patterns from Cyprus, Macedonia and other Greek regions.


#11: Russia

A mosaic portrait of a Russian girl for the cover of the 11th issue of Womankind magazine. Trying to emulate the traditional quilting tradition of Russia. Created using original traditional patterns from Russian, Ukrainian and other slavs culture.


#10: Vietnam

Mosaic portrait illustration of a Vietnamese girl made out of photos and prints from the Vietnamese war.
Partially based on a Stephane Bidouze’s photo from Shutterstock.

#09: Argentina

Mosaic portrait illustration of Leonor Fini made out of images from Argentina and roses. Created for the cover of the ninth issue.

#08: Egypt

Mosaic portrait illustration of Nefertiti. Created for the cover of the 8th issue.

#07: turtle

Mosaic illustration of an African girl made out of bricks of Reggae records. Created for the cover of the seventh issue.
Partially based on a photo by Yaromir Mlynski, downloaded from Shutterstock.

#06: Mona Lisa

A mosaic portrait of Lionardo’s Gioconda for the 6th cover of Womankind magazine Australia.

#05: Gothic

Mosaic portrait of Pre-Raphaelite muse Sophy Gray for the 5th issue.

#04: ‘bee’

Mosaic portrait of Frida Kahlo for the 4th issue.

#03: ‘cat’

Mosaic portrait of Nakano Takeko, the last woman samurai.

#2: ‘fish’

Mosaic portrait of the American marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson made out of sea life.

#1: ‘papillon’

Mosaic portrait of French philosopher and feminist Simone De Beauvoir made out of butterflies. Created for the cover of the launch issue of Womankind magazine Australia.

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)