HerShe Art Feature:
Marta McKenzie (www.martamckenzie.com)
Toronto based artist/illustrator speaks with us about her work. I came across her art by chance at the Tdots popular cafe, Starving Artist.
A) You have a distinctive style: quirky, dark and witty. When did you realize this was 'the look' of your work? At age 17. I was couch surfing at friends’ places and experimenting with recreational drugs. Early one morning, on an acid trip for lack of something better to do, I started drawing compulsively. The characters just flowed out. I couldn’t stop them. When I applied to art school with a portfolio of many of my characters, the chair of the illustration department said that they could not teach me how to draw because I had already mastered it (but they could teach me how to do more generic commercial art).
Having a style is everything. It's what makes an individual an artist. Things like anatomical correctness, shading and all that other stuff is only necessary if it facilitates individual style.
b) From your portfolio, I look at some of those illustrations and etchings and want to learn more about them. Do you ever see the characters you have created as cartoons, or perhaps in a graphic novel? "Cartoons" are a cutesy way of putting it. A well known LA gallery dealer characterized my work as such and I told him off and refused to submit my work to them, even rebuffing the offer of having my work on their walls. I don’t consider what I do cartooning, I don't see my characters as cartoons. Its more profound than that. In my opinion cartoons replicate and slightly mock life, existing with one or two levels of meaning. My drawings are deeper. My characters are complex and have many dimensions and often authentically reference real people. I have been asked to do so many graphic novels but don’t have the goddam patience to do that. Sequential art........................................................
Our interview with Mia Kirshner, (L Word, Vampire Diaries, 24 ) Crystal Award winner for International Achievement by Women in Film & Television Toronto (WIFT.com)
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Producer, camera operator and editor: Maria Aparicio
Battle of the Lesbian Clothing Brands Sophia M T Carter
Dear Lesbian clothing lines, please could you stop attempting to repackage my style and selling it back to me at astronomical prices?
So the start of 2013 brought us Veer NYC amongst other brands such as Cloth and Justice and Wildfang. Veer NYC has in particular managed to reach a vast audience of lesbians desperate to be a part of this ‘culture clothing’. They promise this:
“Veer NYC celebrates all who bring style and personality to their clothing. Our brand prides itself on representing a culture and destination for women who take risks, define their own journeys, and aren’t afraid to make fashion work for themselves.
To do this, we’ve brought together pieces from leading and emerging womenswear, menswear and unisex designers and stripped each item of its gender. At Veer NYC you will find all the tools you need to craft your own style, one that speaks to only your needs."
7 Things Not To Do (or Tolerate) on the First Date
by Chocolate Chapstick
Seven points that every woman needs to have in their dating arsenal.
SLEEPING WITH STRAIGHT GIRLS
by Jana Dowling
An honest point of view what thoughts run through a lesbian mind when sleeping with members of the straight team.
Meet: Anastasia Luna
From Russia With Love
With features in Curve Magazine and AfterEllen.Com, this open and very proud lesbian singer/songwriter/dancer is taking the world on with her music and her provocative style.
"I love who I am, love women and I love to write songs about them and if it makes somebody uncomfortable, they deserve to be uncomfortable. That's how i see it."
Anytime you hear, a Bond reference associated with a woman these days, you know she is going to be deadly and skilled. Hailing from Russia and calling New York City home is Anastasia Luna. This songstress packs one hell of a punch: intelligent, creative and honestly, not too bad on the old eyes.
She is a force to be reckoned with. Luna started training in music professionally at the age of 6. Culminating into a degree with honours in classical music. Along the way, she trained in classical ballet which became a springboard for her love of a variety of dance mediums.
After graduating, she moved to New York. The rest as they say, is history. She fell in love with the culture especially breakdancing. Training with such legends as Ken Swift and Breakeasy, she has been participating in battles and cyphers all over the state. As a result her music, has been influenced by breakbeats and old school hip-hop with a touch of 2013 club mixes.
Currently, working on completing her first album. This has been a labour of love ..........
After Dark XXX
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Warning: adult content.
Body Talk by Juno Leigh
I was a strange looking child. My eyes and lips were too big for my face. I had a grotesquely small head. To top it all off, I had my growth spurt when I was in seventh grade, shot up to 5'5”, and did not exceed 70 lbs. When people ask my school chums what I used to look like when I was an awkward adolescent, they laugh and say that I looked like the girl from The Ring after she crawled out of the TV (except that the water was grease because I still hadn't quite figured out the whole bathing thing).
I came home from school every day crying. My mother used to hug me and tell me that it would all work out, that there would come a day when people would see how beautiful I really was. I would not longer be the weird, skinny loser who was excluded from all of the games because the others insisted that I would break in half. In time, even the boys would stop telling me how ugly I was.
I didn't believe her. I tried everything to fit in. I caked on orange make up and wore the clothes that I thought would make me more popular. I avoided skirts that showed off my chicken bone legs and covered my twig arms with silver bracelets. I sang along to the Spice Girls and pretended that I liked Dawson's Creek. To this day, I still remember the names of the boys and girls who laughed at my
attempts to be like them, their jeers cutting through me like a rusty switchblade. All I wanted was to be loved, and I felt that if people loved how I looked, that would be enough.
Predictably, my mother was right. She saw the Ugly Duckling story in her child, and by the time I was sixteen, the puzzle pieces began to fit together. I loved the way I looked so much that it became an obsession. What was once a healthy desire had turned into a bargaining chip, a way to disregard my peers and manipulate the other sex. Thus, the true ugliness in beauty came through.
HerShe: Sex, Love & Then Some
A) Have you ever had questions about about what "exactly" goes on when two women get together in the bedroom?
B) Any questions you were afraid to ask?
C) Just curious or need some advice?
A good place to start is right here:
After DarK for Lady Advice & Other Things You Always Wanted to Know
PS....we welcome any ideas or additions :)