I don’t know where to start with Fatima Al Qadiri. I’ve been fascinated by her for going on five years, for reasons including and aside from her work. I’ll try to give you the bare bones of it. Back when I was working as a content moderator on an ‘x-rated’ gay dating channel, my colleagues […]
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I’m well up for porn. Though having an extremely vivid imagination means I can frolic with John Boyega and the cast of Magic Mike unimpeded by firewalls, and while the joy of a solo orgasm occasionally suffices without so much as a nipple crossing my mind, pornography still has a place in my life. When […]
Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat Last year I went in search of my American Dream®, and taking a flight from Gatwick (wearing ridic summer clothes for September) my boyfriend Sam and I found ourselves in LA. It was more about locating an In & Out Burger than finding ourselves, and we went in pursuit of the […]
Sophia Mindus’s Instagram feed is a glorious eye-gasm in celebration of the female form. The majority of the posts which you can admire here are of her tied up and sometimes suspended, because she practices the Japanese art of Shibari rope bondage. The simplicity of the shapes her body creates when tied in rope are satisfying on […]
December is upon us. That means the sunset-orange glory of Autumn is over for another year. Trees which once resembled Beyonce in mustard yellow Roberto Cavalli now look more like the child-catcher in his ragged black tailcoat. Gone are the outfits where your scarf’s function was 93% aesthetic; layers are now essential. You probably fall […]
Frills are the fun-est thing ever to wear. They inspire visions of Kirsten Dunst rubbing cake into her face as a powdery-wigged Marie Antoinette. Or the worryingly flammable Disney Princess gown your little brother liked to twirl in at birthday parties, accompanied by bemused eyebrows from Uncle Simon. All in all, frills are extravagant, camp, […]
I was pleased to find Ellie Vandoorne, the artist in question, sat by the window. Armed with my microphone, she hid any hint of disapproval at the suggestion of an impromptu interview. Specialising in mixed media collage work, Vandoorne creates stylised female portraits worthy of the description, “iconic”.
“One girl, hundreds of questions”. That was the synopsis of Lunar Objects Theatre’s “Am I If”, a one-woman show that featured a series of anecdotes addressing the confusion of when you find yourself caught between girlhood and womanhood. Before I sat down to watch “Am I If?” I was intrigued by the idea of a solo act, I admit I was a little concerned. My scepticism came following my interview with them…
I feel a lot of responsibility to create work that tackles issues that affect women, more so than anything else. Not just because I identify as a female but because who else will? I feel a kinship with other female illustrators because if I see something really good done by another female illustrator, I’m like “yes!”. As a community, illustration is a good place for women.
Judy Chicago for example explored menstrual taboo by creating an installation called “Menstruation Bathroom” (1995) in a bid to gain acknowledgement in society for menstruation as a natural part of existence rather than a women’s shame, yet tampons are still classed as a luxury item twenty-two years after her work!