An illustration inspired by the shocking decision by the UK to leave the European Union.
Sassy babes from mythology and folktales.
An editorial illustration for Vice.com for an article about ‘The Clit List’ – an online porn resource for survivors of sexual assault. Read the full article here.
An illustration for Vice.com about the possible effects of Britain leaving the EU on women. You can read the full article here.
We were part of something magical that took place back on Sunday 13 March 2016… WOW! Women of the World was a festival that transformed the Southbank Centre into a space buzzing with creativity, conversation and female empowerment.
Our editor Alice Snape was there with photographer Eleni, who runs the wonderful Women with Tattoos blog, to chat to women about their tattoos. Here’s a glimpse of some of the inspiring women we chatted to…
“I was 59 when I got my first tattoo. My daughter found Grace Neutral and I knew I had to collaborate with her. I see getting tattooed by her as a collaboration. She draws the designs on with a Sharpie and then tattoos over it. I find it a very interesting approach. I feel better about my body now than I ever have before. I love it because it is art.”
“I got my first tattoo at 24. It’s a feminist tattoo as a tribute to the women in my life. I’m very aware of women’s representation in the media, so I would never get traditional pin-up imagery tattooed on me. I wanted to be marked for life with something that has meaning to me.”
“I was just 15 when I first got tattooed; it was on my hip. Since then, it’s been reworked by Woody at Into You, so I love it even more now. I find that women with tattoos are often fetishised. I get comments in the street and people ask me questions. I have a whole list of tattoo plans – they make me feel great about my body. I love my body anyway, but they make me feel even better about it.”
“I was 17 when I got a lizard tattoo. The first was a big deal for me, it is self marking and controlling the way I look. We are already marked by so many things. Tattoos are a commemoration of something, somewhere, someone…”
Earlier this year at the 2015 Women Of the World Poetry Slam, a four day poetry festival, Desireé Dallagiacomo was ranked 3rd. Amongst Desireé’s performances was her spoken word poem ‘Thighs Say’, in which she negotiates the space within society that her thighs fit in, the places they cannot go and the things that they can do. Ultimately she concludes that they are her’s and her’s alone.
She also performed ‘Shave Me’ a spoken word poem in which she smashes society’s ridiculous standards connected to the beauty of women. With a hilarious and angry look at American culture and its need for women to remove their body hair.
“It’s a radical notion realising that on a marathon course you don’t have to worry about how you look for others.”
Feminist Kiran Gandhi, (she’s also drummer for MIA and a Harvard graduate), got her period on the eve of the London Marathon 2015, and decided to ditch the tampons and towels and go with the flow while she ran it.
A marathon in itself is a centuries old symbolic act. Why not use it as a means to draw light to my sisters who don’t have access to tampons and, despite cramping and pain, hide it away like it doesn’t exist?
Said Kiran about her decision to bleed freely during her marathon…
You can read Kiran’s blog post about the experience here: A Modern Period Piece by Kiran Gandhi… In it she describes the decision-making process behind running and bleeding freely, and how she felt from mile one to 26.2.