#YESALLWOMEN

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So excited to announce the art auction + fundraiser event I am directing and curating based on ‪#‎YESALLWOMEN‬. Proceeds from the artwork will benefit the East Los Angeles Women’s Center, an organization that aides survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse. PLEASE donate to our Gofundme to make this project possible. Every little bit counts toward this important project of helping women and their families. Thank you so much, and I hope this is a cause you believe in as much as I do! (*collage by Jen May, flyer by Jessi Brattengeier)

 

Donate HERE

 

Feminasty Shirts

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Hi guys! I wanted to take a minute to blog about my new favorite t-shirt line Called Feminasty. Feminasty shirts are designed by the wonderful artist Aurora Lady in Los Angeles, and represent girl power, unity, feminism and empowerment. What could be better? Or cuter, for that matter.

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“The “Girl Gang” concept is more than just four tee shirts. It’s about capturing lightning in a bottle — that feeling of elation and pure sonic fuckin’ joy when you know your own power and articulate your voice. It’s about seeking out and actively creating relationships with people who not only understand you, but encourage you. It’s about simultaneously celebrating the rich history and the flaws of feminism, and moving forward to repair, be aware, and keep on keepin’ on. When you receive your tee shirt, you’re not only getting a piece of clothing, you’re getting a piece of art. You’re getting a design that’s been 15 years in the making (as long as I’ve been a self-identified feminist!) and even longer as these ideas existed in the minds of those before me. These tees are meant to be conversation starters. They are meant to be homing devices so that you can find your own Girl Gang. Most of all, they are meant for you to do some wild and true living for yourself, however you choose to define that.” – Aurora Lady

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This one is my personal favorite and the one that I purchased- the infamous “burning bra”. A great play on traditional feminist misconceptions, and owning the truth.

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Photography by Jennifer Emerling

Buy a shirt/support the artist here/be a Feminasty HERE!

 

SHE SAID BOOM

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Last night I had the opportunity to see a screening of She Said Boom – a documentary about the Canadian all girl band Fifth Column. These girls are everything I stand for and am inspired by: collaboration, feminist ethics, fighting the system, living for what you’re passionate about with little concern for money. Their story inspired so many others and lead to what became the Riot Grrl movement in the 90′s. They were also intensely interested in filmmaking and created lots of experimental work with Bruce LaBruce. GB Jones is a total icon, that thick red wavy hair and perfect vamptress aesthetic. It was a great film and if you have the chance to see it in your city, you must!

The Chapess Zine Launch at Doomed Gallery London

Hello, London! Some of my photographs will be shown alongside some other awesome, talented ladies on behalf of The Chapess Zine at Doomed Gallery on Saturday 13th December. Hope all you London lovelies can make it! Support female artists coming together to say something and create a space of progress.

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Each issue showcases the work of women of all ages from around the world, employing an open submission policy, underlining the need for opportunities for female artists to show their work, particularly those who have not taken a route of education or training which had otherwise encouraged them to do so.

So far this year I have published the work of around 60 female artists and writers and led workshops, lectures and educational sessions exploring creativity and feminist activism at a grassroots level. The exhibition at Doomed is starting to feel like the show i’ve been curating in my head since i was a teenager, as finally I’m in the position to be surrounded by incredible, creative women staying true to themselves, making work, having a laugh + supporting one another.  - Cherry Styles

>>THE CHAPESS<<

 >>DOOMED GALLERY<<

Foot Soldier

Because I’m making my way to elderly pastures, I value things like comfort more than I did when I was nineteen. I don’t think I can bring myself to walk around in stilettos anymore; my logic radar goes off and decides against it.

While preparing for my New York trip, I was keeping in my mind that I’d be on foot for most of the time, wandering the rainy concrete. I’m pretty much a Clarks/TOMS advocate these days. They make comfortable shoes that are stylish in a way that I appreciate. These are some of my favorite styles right now!BlackSuedeWomensJuttiFlats-10002957-T_1450x1015AshSuedeWomensJuttiFlats-10002800-1450x1015-H31_26075540_10160_1831_26075540_10160_631_26075539_10197_1831_26075539_10197_631_26075537_10114_1831_26075537_10114_631_26102977_10107_1831_26102977_10107_6

Walter Van Beirendonck Spring 2015

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Walter Van Beirendonck is one of those designers that really leans more into the fine art category. His presence during Paris Fashion Week is always a knockout, and always screaming in its own unique voice.

His Spring Summer 2015 collection is entitled ‘Whambam’ and was inspired by the lack of privacy we are having in this fast-moving world. It was all about the contrast between a dark world and paradise. The prints in this collection referred to two entirely different worlds. “I got the idea by thinking of lost paradise and desert painting. It’s what they used during the war to mislead enemies.” This misleading aspect was not only present in the printed items, but also in the headpieces designed by Jacques Blankwater, pointing towards the cameras. - Now Fashion

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