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Alison Iven – Women Who Ride –

posted by Nicoletta Rolla October 12, 2017 0 comments
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Montreal Olympics 1976 – womenwhoride.tumblr.com

When and why did you start collecting images of women riders?

 


I started collecting images of women riders in 2013 after getting a moped to ride around the city that year.

Around the same time, I saw Lanakila MacNaughton’s Women’s Moto Exhibit, whose work put women riders in a light that I hadn’t seen before. I feel that the past informs the future and was inspired by her images to seek out women riders in a historical context.

I didn’t have a whole lot of luck at first and starting putting my findings into an archive, “Women who Ride” and figured if I liked the photos, others probably would as well!

 

 

 

What’s the aim of this project?

To celebrate our history as women riders. I try to show as much diversity (bikes, styles, cultures) as possible and include a little of the backstory of the photograph, if I can find it.

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Mary McGee 1961 – womenwhoride.tumblr.com

What is the story that most fascinated you?
I kind of love all the photos I find, the women so beautiful and powerful and I don’t always have a back story.
I do particularly love the racers and daredevils like Mary McGee who was the first woman to road race motorcycles and race motocross; Wall of Death rider Lillian La France who was one of the first stunt riders; Land speed racer Marica Holley, who was the fastest woman for 30 years.
Any moped riding woman also holds a special place for me, those photos are a bit harder to find as well.

 

What did you find out about the relationship between women and motorcycles?
There are so many different types of women riders in history: women who were the first at something; daredevils; racers; mechanics; regular people … it just feels when you look at the photos, you can be any rider you want to be and there’s this incredible community behind you.
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NYC Scooter 1965 – womenwhoride.tumblr.com

And what’s your relation with Two Wheels?
I ride a kitted 1976 Puch Nostalgia moped which is perfect for weaving in and out of NYC traffic and makes parking a cinch since it can be locked up like a bicycle.
 
What about your local female Moto Community?
I ride with a combo of women and men mopeders.
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Healther Motocross 1990 – womenwhoride.tumblr.com

You are a graphic designer and illustrator, what are your sources of inspiration?

I’m inspired by the act of learning and researching.

 

What are your current projects and what about the next ones?

I just had a baby, so most of my projects are on a bit of a hiatus. But I’m hoping after daylight savings time, I can resume my neon nail salon project, Nails and Roses, where I document all the neon I can find at nail salons.

 

 

 

 

Where can we Follow you?
If you have photos of women riders, send them in!
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Womder Woman! – womenwhoride.tumblr.com

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