vendredi 28 février 2014

You Go Girl Journal - complete journal

Here is my complete You GoGirl class journal. This is a class by  Kara Haupt where you construct a journal about how you define yourself as feminist. This topic definitely resonates with me. I see so many women stating 'I'm not a feminist' and that makes me ever so sad! If you are a human being who belives in equality, you're a feminist. If you belive that the fact that you are woman doesn't have an impact on what your job should be or how you dress, you're a feminist. I feel it is really important to state things explicitely. So this class was an amazing creative blur and I loved every step of it.

There was a series of prompts accompanying the class. This is about what made you define yourself as a feminist.

There are two pin-ups in the glassine enveloppe.
Some comments that bother me as a woman.

I'm not sure about this. I don't think I like the way the word 'bitch' is thrown around. But it's part of my reflection on words and labels so I glued in these snippets of articles.

This page is about accepting an attribute that is considered female.

A page about sex, sexuality and desire.

I feel that sex and power have pretty much always been interconnected.

This page comes from Nina Christensen's idea (she used 'pricks/gentleman'). I love a page that let you explain why your partner is your partner.

The next prompt is the one where you can go all out and get mad at something you don't agree with and want to change. In my case it has to do with men/society/other women telling me what to wear or what is acceptable and what to do with my body.

This is super important to me. The page reads: 'pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion. It means I alone decide what I do with my body. I -only I- have dominion over my uterus'. I think this isn't explicit enough. Pro-lifers like to paint Pro-choicers as people who skip along to abortion clinics every chance they get. I feel like this really, really skews the debate. Having the choice means you are a fully independant person able to make important and far-reaching decisions about your own body but also about your life and the kind of life you could possibly give a child. It's a heavy responsibility and I feel it's really important to protect women's rights to choose.

This is my angry letter to religious patriarchs. I feel that a lot of problems stem from interpretations of old religious texts that seek to control people and especially women by giving them secondary roles in society and preaching modesty. (This is no way means I am not spiritual, just that my belief system has nothing to do with organised religion as it is now).

The next prompt is a homage to my ancestors. Very strong willed women, beautiful and free spirited. these ladies are from my mother's side and were all feminists.

This page had us say something positive about our body that has nothing to do with looks.

The lace lifts up to show the date from that letter (1843!)

I sometimes feel that there is so much to do to change things, I wonder if I'm having any impact at all.

This phrase is from a conversation I heard between two Indian women on the subway here in Hong Kong. One was dressed in a traditional sari and the other had short hair and jeans. The traditional one was saying to the other that she couldn't dress differently because she was born in India. The short haired one replied that she, too, was born in India but that she refused to believe that the Gods could actually care how you dressed.

Musical and litterary influences

The final page is for my daughter. I try really hard to transmit these values to her (and to my son also). I added one of her drwaings and some journaling concerning her answer when people call her 'pretty'.

The You Go Girl class can be found here.

jeudi 27 février 2014

Some details from my Mad Tea Party

Just wanted to share some of the handmade details from my Mad Tea Party birthday party last weekend. I made some playing card banners.

I also punched some holes in playing cards and then placed them on the wine glass stems so people could remember which glass was theirs (I kept the Joker for myself ha!).

I wrote down the food that people brought on some woodland labels that I stuck on other cards.

Finally, I made the photobooth backdrop myself using a sheet and some heart banners.

It looked awesome! We had loads of fun in the photobooth. I bought some props and made others so there was more than enough to go around!!

lundi 24 février 2014

You go girl class

I had a super busy week and week-end because I was hosting my Mad Tea Party birthday bash. But last Wednesday, I discovered the You Go Girl class by Kara Haupt. I found out about Kara's classes through Katie Licht's blog post on the Tell a Story class she took. You Go Girl is a class that inspires you to make a journal bout feminism.
Oh my goodness.
I litterally dropped EVERYTHING and started pulling out papers, photos and scraps and immediately made my journal. Turned this :
...into this :

I was in a total frenzy. I haven't been so enthusiastic about a project in a while. Every spare second, I dive into this journal. I love it and I love that, when inspiration grabs you when you don't expect it. I promise a Flipagram and a picture of all the pages once it's done. In the mean time, here is a sneak peek at two pages in my journal.

Still works in progress. Thank you Kara for your awesome inspiration!

mercredi 19 février 2014

Why I do 30 Lists day by day

During the last round of 30 days of Lists, someone asked the first time Listers if they were going to do the lists day by day or all in advance. I was quite curious to see peoples' answers and - of course - there was a wide range of nuances. Some prepped the pages in advance, but filled-in the details day by day, some did it all in advance, some prepared kits and then did them day by day and some just winged it. For some it's all digitial, others all paper. And that is the great part of this project : there is no wrong way to do it and it's very versatile.
For me, and this has been true since the beginning, it has always been about the thrill of the prompt and the creative burst it brings. So I have always done my lists day by day. Because I live in Hong Kong, I see the lists a day early. So read the prompt and then have a few hours to think about it and write down my list.
Here is a look at my very first 30 Days of lists notebook, for September 2012. I have always used the handmade notebooks I sell in my shop for this project. In this case, I wanted to experiement with different writing styles, taking a cue from the number stamp set I had just bought.
In March 2013, I decided to become a sponsor for the project. I wanted to have a more restricted color scheme and kept it black, grey, red and white. I loved that expriment. I hand carved the number stamps that you see throughout.
As a sponsor, I was able to 'host' a prompt, where your take on the list is featured on the blog. Here is where the love of doing the lists day by day comes in. I get my groove only after a couple of days of answering the prompts. In this case, the list for day 19 was completed before any of the other ones. I hadn't even carved the stamps yet! Looking at this spread, I can see that number 19 doesn't 'fit' as nicely as the others in my notebook.

For my third round, I decided to layer papers in an effort to use my stash and to also incorporate Instax pictures. This was even more of a challenge to do daily because sometimes there wasn't enough light to take a picture and I had to wait for the next day. Here are some of the pages from September 2013:


List 22 is my sponsor prompt list. As you can see right away, it looks different than the others. There are two pictures and I was just starting with the layering technique. Didn't get my groove on for a while for this one. I think that if I'd done all the prompts at once, there wouldn't be this evolution in mastering the technique. Plus other peoples' answers are super inspiring.

And finally, here is my most recent album, for the December 2013 edition. In this case, the difference in style between the pages made during the month and the advance prompt are evident. I hadn't received my Christmas paper kits when I made the Dec 28th page.

As I was writing out the lists during the month, I decided to write the titles in capital letters. So the weird squiggly title for Dec 28th looks really out of place to me! And I would totally take out that number 28 in the tree.

Anyway, all of this to say that for me, being inspired by my own creative path during the month and by other Listers' amazing work is my prefered way to approach this. I love scrolling through the #30lists hashtag on Instagram to see what other people are doing. And the new FB groups are a great idea too.

What about you, how are you going to go about this round of Listing?

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