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Keeping positive and other things I won’t stick to in 2015

Hey lovelies, sorry for the silent treatment these past few months, sometimes life just gets in the way. Any way this is one of them new year resolution posts, well no I won’t call them resolutions, more like pledges. So here they are:

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  1. Keeping Positive – Keeping positive and being happy has always been an issue for me, my brain seems to enjoy misery. So I plan on taking steps to become a happier person. My girl even bought me a little book of mindfulness for Christmas as a joke but we’ll see who’s laughing when I’m the epitome of happiness!pilates
  2. Get Fitter – I’ve always wanted to try out apilates class and I’ve finally signed up for a 5 week course ready to start this month :). I’m expecting to be surrounded by old ladies who are much more flexible than me, it’s going to be really embarrassing when they can touch their toes and I can’t get past my knees!books2
  3. Less TV more reading – TV absorbs me. So I pledge to read more and watch less and maybe then I can get through my mountain of books and write some reviews!

I could keep going on but I thought it best to leave it at 3, this way when I look back I won’t feel as bad when I haven’t kept to any of them!

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Slamsister Designs

I don’t know about you but when I need a card for my special lady there is definitely a lack of choice! Well Emma Dobbs, the woman behind the illustrations of Slamsister Designs is here to change this. Slamsister Designs create really cool greetings cards and prints specifically for lesbians.  pic4

“My goal is to create a huge selection so that anyone who looks on the site will find something – it’s a huge task, but as Sandy said to me once, we’re going to do it, but it’s one card at a time.”

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Some of you may recognise Emma’s work as she and her wife Sandy have been to various Prides this Summer selling cards and prints!

Emma draws each design and takes her inspiration from pop art, cartoons and American comics, which I think she pulls off perfectly!pic3

I love this style, it’s bright and fun, exactly what celebrating love should be like. My personal favourites are the ‘Just Married’ cards, if only I was getting married!

So what’s in the pipeline for Slamsister Designs? Emma is currently working on a 2015 Calendar, (you can find sneak peaks on the Slamsister twitter page), larger art prints, posters and hopefully a 2015 diary!

So ladies if you need a birthday or anniversary card, know someone who’s getting married or just want to say I love you, check out Slamsister Designs! pic2

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Lesbian Couples – Art

OITNBRosie Ablewhite is another incredible artist I’ve had the pleasure to discover! As a freelance artist Rosie is kept pretty busy with client requests. I can see why as her art has such a distinctive style which really drew me to her work.

“With watered ink or acrylics you have no choice but to work fast and that leaves you with a very bold mark, as well as drips and distinctive brush strokes. I really enjoyed how this made my portraits more dynamic and now I only work in this way if I can!”

When Rosie gets the chance she creates beautiful pieces showing iconic lesbian couples (real or fictional). My personal favourite is Piper and Vause, I love the touch of orange (pictured above).

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I asked Rosie if she would consider doing an art series of lesbian couples…

“I most certainly would, I feel like it’s something that I’m always trying to find the time to do! Sadly when you work freelance, all the work seems to come at once and then you have to go and stretch out those neglected limbs and interact with other humans!”

Rosie is a versatile artist and isn’t just restricted to this style of painting either. Look at these amazing portraits of Alex Vause and Ellen Page. vause

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So if anyone wants to commission an art project then do let Rosie know! I’m envisioning a book deal, a gallery opening, featuring in magasines…. 😉

You can find Rosie on wordpress, twitter and tumblr!

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Sapphic Sketches

circle of loveI’m a big art lover but lately I’ve found a distinct lack of lesbian love depicted in art. No matter what I type in to my computer my search results show up nothing! Well that’s not true, there’s usually a lot of videos of a certain nature…

So I’m on a mission to find as many artists who create lesbian art, be that paintings, drawings, animations, sculptures, photography etc. and create a blog series! If anyone has any recommendations then please get in touch.

10:04:12Anyway on to my first artist :)…

Sapphic Sketches is a series of amazing erotic lesbian art created by Jodi Sandler. What I love about Sapphic Sketches is how Jodi can keep the sexual nature of her pieces through the use of minimalistic lines.

My two favourite pieces are pictured above. They are some of Jodi’s more minimalistic sketches, both with clean, crisp lines yet you instantly see the embrace between the lovers. I think that’s what I love about them most!

Sapphic Sketches reminds me that lesbian love isn’t complicated, it isn’t messy, it’s simple, it’s fluid, it’s to be enjoyed.

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11:17:10You can find Sapphic Sketches on twitter @SapphicSketches or visit the website for more of Jodi’s work!

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Lesbian Pulp Fiction – Beebo Brinker

beebo brinkerLesbian. Such a soft word, mellifluous on the tongue; such a stab in the heart to someone very young, unsure, and afraid.

I love that line, it was worth reading this book just so I could remember that sentence. It’s so poetic and in my opinion it still rings true today. It also sums up the book perfectly.

Beebo Brinker is about a young girl who leaves her small town (of closed-minded people) for the big city, she’s alone, she feels abnormal and she’s terrified of telling any one her secret desires for women.

Yes it’s about a young girl’s self discovery and has a colourful range of characters some very stereotypical of the era but there’s more to it than that. It’s surprising how the fundamental issues brought up in a book first published over 50 years ago are still relevant today.

It’s quite sad really, all that time has passed yet people, young and old are still being disowned because of their sexuality. We’re still experiencing homophobic remarks and everyday sexism in and out the workplace. This madness amazes me!

If you’re interested in LGBTQ studies or just enjoy reading lesbian fiction this is a great book. It was an easy read which I love. There’s nothing worse than re-reading a paragraph ten times and still not having a clue what you’ve just read! (Is it just me?).

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Leeds Pride 2014

The weekend just gone saw me at my first Pride, Leeds Pride to be exact. I’ve been desperate to go to Pride this year, simply to find out what it’s like and to take in the atmosphere. Naturally the morning of Pride my anxiety got to me, I felt sick, my stomach was knotted and I broke out into a sweat, the last thing I wanted was the fear of passing out on the train to Leeds!

Once I finally got to Pride I was fine and loved it! I have to admit I was completely under dressed compared to most people, there I was in black trousers and a khaki vest top (I am not a colourful person) surrounded by amazing men and women, girl’s and boy’s, young and old in all the colours under the sun… I’d made a pathetic attempt in comparison… okay, okay, I’d made no attempt…

Still, it was great to be surrounded by like-minded people. Even though like the socially awkward person I am I didn’t speak to anyone I hadn’t already spoken to before!

There are three things I really did love seeing and I’ll remember for a long time, first was all the little children having so much fun! One little girl I remember in particular, she must have been nearly two years old and she was bopping away to the music like a natural, at one point her mum tried to sit her in her pram but this little girl wasn’t having any of it and continued to bop about while standing on the pram. A right little party animal ;).

Another memory I’ll keep is of a girl, standing at the side of the road holding a sign, while the parade flowed through the city centre. Now it’s taken me awhile to find a photo but bless twitter and the person who took it (image came from @BEBOTHUG), the sign reads…

“I’m sorry for the way Christians have treated u the truth is Jesus thinks ur fab”

@BEBOTHUG

How amazing is this woman?!

The last thing I’ll remember is seeing the “Queen” stroll through the crowd casually having her photo taken with passers-by, she was brilliant! (Image from gayleeds.com)

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The Queen and a Nun of course!

Here are some of my own photo’s from Leeds Pride 2014 🙂

 

I can’t wait to go to my next Pride!

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Why Stonewall’s No Bystanders Campaign Is Important

Words can hurt and they can stay with you for a lifetime. That’s why it’s cruical for children to learn about acceptance and understand that other people’s individuality shouldn’t make them a target of abuse. This is the reason why Stonewall’s No Bystanders campaign is so important.

Stonewall’s aim is to end bullying, abusive language and discrimination of all kinds. Words have the potential to impact on a persons mental health, be the cause of self harm and the reason why young (and older) people take their own life.

As I was growing up I was always told that school days were the best days of your life… allow me to roll my eyes and sigh because that was far from the truth. I found school to be a cruel place, children could be so mean, a lot of the time because they thought it was funny and acceptable to say such hurtful words.

I was never one of the popular girls, I didn’t have perfect hair or skin, infact it was the complete opposite (lots of frizz and a multitude of spots!). I was what you’d call an outcast but I was happy being left alone.

Through my older years at school I’d done well to blend into the background, that was until someone found out I’d kissed a girl at a friends gigs. I dreaded going to school because I couldn’t bare the tought of having to face the comments and names. It was sad because I felt like that kiss had ruined everything. Our friendship was never the same again, simply because of the hurtful words from a group of teenage girls. All these years later I still remember their words.

That’s why I’ve pledged to never be a bystander to bullying and teasing language. If I hear it, I will call it out and if I can, I will stop it. By pledging I’ve promised to stand up for fairness, kindness and never be a bystander. 🙂

Watch Stonewall’s No Bystanders short film…

You can also take the No Bystander pledge here!

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