Over the Edge Books in association with SMG | Books is proud to present Art and Video Director Nai-Vasha’s newest creative brainchild– a book called Wombmen. Check it. Imagine a tomboy mystic turned self-made sociologist, who photo-journals influential wombmen she encounters on her journey in the industry. Then splash some raw personal poetry about cramps, losing fear, and connecting with like-minded feminine energy, and you have Wombmen. It’s a celebration of girl power building collectively in the 21st century. Nai-Vasha’s eye and taste has influenced clients such as Puma, Miguel, Estelle, J*Davey, Stussy, and Chromat. Naturally, Wombmen is rich in Nai-Vasha’s gift to visually captivate the reader and transport them to the intimate and strong places of wombmenhood. If anyone is to curate the network of powerful talent listed in this book, Nai-Vasha is the wombmen with the vision.
Over the Edge chatted with Nai-Vasha about her new book and discussed it’s origins, tomboy-vibe, and spiritualness.
“Wombmen” is a collection of your journal entries and photographs from 2004-2013. What inspired you to document wombmen you encountered for almost a decade?
Why choose to spell “wombmen” with a “b”? Is it a political statement or geared more towards the divine feminine energy motif in “Wombmen”?
I’m a very spiritual person. If we want to break it down, the purpose for the “b” is to celebrate the inept ability to give birth. Our gift as womben is to give birth, to give life. Honestly, I’m a real tomboy and I didn’t hang out with girls until I found inspiring wombmen who had a common understanding. We are all conscious of our ability to create life. We understand the politics of catty drama between females but the gift of life, which is in the womb, is in all of us. It connects us. It’s a divine, it can’t be masked.
Determination. These wombmen understand their purpose and they just have the ability to take control of what they know. Every female served a different purpose in inspiring me. Some are creative and deep in the industry and others are former industry people and tell me like it is, when I need to hear it. All have watered some part of me.