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    I’ve been following Valfre on Instagram for years, so it was really exciting to be able to speak with the illustrator behind adorable (and feminist) designs such as these:   Born in Mexico, Ilse Valfre has lived in the U.S for five years. She began drawing her cartoon girls back in 2010, when fashion blogs were at their peak of popularity. Interested in fashion, she wanted to participate in the trend but didn’t want to just take photos of herself in clothes, like everyone else. So instead,...
Artist Marilyn Minter's work finds the line between gorgeous and unsettling — and stays there, making for a fascinating experience. In the first retrospective of her work, titled Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, the Brooklyn Museum shows over four decades' worth of Minter's work. Their description puts it best: Marilyn Minter’s sensual paintings, photographs, and videos vividly explore complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the feminine body in American culture. She trains a critical eye on the power of desire, questioning the fashion industry’s commercialization of sex and the...
If you haven't studied art, you may not have heard of Alice Neel. Now's your time to catch up. Born in 1900, Neel moved to New York with her husband, Cuban painter Carlos Enriquez, in the late 1920s and lived there for most of the rest of her life, until her death at age 84. Neel was known for her portraits of family, friends, writers, poets, artists, and everyday people, and her art often engaged with social and political issues. Now, a new exhibit and book...
I love Mad Men — I love the clothes and the cars and the way in which Don Draper navigates New York City, but mostly I love it because it’s fascinating to explore an era that feels distant from today. These days, however, it is feeling a lot less distant. With our president making overtly sexist comments —  pussygate being the crown jewel of his various lewd remarks — Mad Men era advertisements feel particularly poignant, or so feels Saint Hoax, an anonymous artist working in...
If you like coloring and curse words, then we've got the book for you! You can finally partake in a healthy hobby while blowing off steam with the Fucking Awesome Coloring Book by Calligraphuck. Its publisher Chronicle Books invites adults “to color their f*cking stress away” and even recommends it as a Mother’s or Father’s day gift. The author and founder of Calligraphuck is Linus Boman, a graphic designer and "sometimes standup comedian" based in London. He's made a name for himself in the art of stylized...
Yesterday was International Women's Day, as well as A Day Without A Woman, in which women around the world went on strike to demonstrate what a "day without women" might look like. Conceptualized by the organizers of the Women's March on Washington, the A Day Without A Woman strike encouraged us to strike if able to, wear red in solidarity, and support businesses owned by women and minorities only. Photographer Kristen Blush joined BUST at rallies in Washington Square Park and Columbus Circle. These are some of...
Tired of seeing overly posed, styled and photoshopped images of young girls, photographer Kate T. Parker, who's also a mom of two daughters, set out to challenge that with a collection of photos of girls age 5 to 18. Compiled in a book titled Strong Is The New Pretty: A Celebration Of Girls Being Themselves, the photos show young girls taking part in their favorite sports, classes, clubs and activities, accompanied by smart, inspiring, cute, and just plain hilarious captions. In the introduction, Parker writes: I wanted...
Parker Day: the LA based photographer and artist flaunts a new collection of 100 portraits using unretouched 35mm film, hyperbolizing personas of the people she shoots. With influences such as John Waters, David Lynch and R.Crumb, it is easy to see where Day draws her ability to blur the lines between real and imaginary and to uniquely juxtapose the sombre with the comical. Ahead of the New York opening of her first solo series ICONS, we catch up with the photographer to explore themes such...
Photographer Michele B.’s work can be seen wide and far. With over 80k followers on Instagram, this photographer has been catching our eyes recently. In her photos, she uses mirrors as a subject to take her viewers to another dimension.When we sat down to talk she had a raging cold but still took the time to talk about her love of horror films, her father, and her history as a pre-med student. We even got into creative thoughts and the label of "artist." Did you go...
Several years ago, Debbie Deboo and Felicity McKee teamed up to co-found Chronically Fabulous, a body positivity project for the chronically ill. Both women are based in Northern Ireland, and they felt frustration at the way they and their chronic illnesses were treated by society and the healthcare system. They combined their talents — Debbie as a photographer, Felicity as a model — and created Chronically Fabulous. Debbie has been shortlisted for the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year award (as well as an additional award...
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