Behold, the never-ending nightmarepunk skirt project. It’s wearable right now - I wore it last night, as a matter of fact - but I know I am always going to think “Oooh, I bet I could add on some more layers of fabric tatters”.
(Dear Infamous BlueJay, it is supposed to look like that. No, do not try to steal it away and serge the edges of all the strips. Stop making that face.)
Backyard birds out & about, feasting upon some seed I scattered right before today’s snow began to fall. It’s heartwarming to see these varied species emerging together from their tucked away hiding spots to enjoy the treat. Shown here are a Northern Cardinal and Blue Jay bringing their stunning colours to the whitening landscape, an Eastern Towhee, a Northern Flicker (too busy digging up his preferred bugs to care about the seeds), and an adorable pair of White-throated Sparrows.
Model Mayhem just told me to take down this image because “There is nudity and or sheer images being displayed on your profile page. That is against MM policy and makes our advertisers upset.”
When I replied that was a male model in the corset, and there are topless profile photos of men all over Model Mayhem, and that they were obviously more offended by diversity than anything else, they said;
"We linked to the image that was problematic. Please note it was of the woman in the sheer white dress, and of the book covers you have made, not of the man in the metal corset."
Uh huh. The fully clothed woman wrapped in the sheer fabric is the problem.
I will admit there were four nipples showing in the book cover collection because, you know, European book stores can handle it, so I changed that. Sheesh.
So, as per their explicit instructions, I replaced the offending photo with a bride in a wedding dress and sheer white veil. Is that still too offensive? Guess I’ll find out.
I hope your wonderfully androgynous image will be allowed to remain. Good luck, and keep making beautiful art. ♥
This charms me to no end… I currently have two of the Coraline coats I designed for Neil Gaiman on hand (he recently gave them to me for a bit of refreshing) and yet here he is recording voice parts for Wayward Manor the other day on the other side of the country, in identical Kambriel coat #3. Clearly these coats have become bewitched, able to multiply at will.
But the thing that has been brought alive to me, so vividly, is how thoroughly our evaluation of a person’s body has become our evaluation of the person. We not only decide that certain body types are less attractive, we marginalize, and sometimes abuse, those who do not conform to our ideal, and we sexualize and consume those who conform too much.
"An onna-bugeisha was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional "housewife" role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako are famous examples of onna bugeisha." (wikipedia)
Third grader shows a stark example of the differences she noticed when comparing treated vs. organic produce.
"You are what you eat", so it’s healthy to consider the ramifications of such food on ourselves and the world we live in. It took Earth countless millennia to develop the profound, delicate balance of an interwoven ecosystem in which everything plays a vital role. Humans are extremely young in comparison and to assume we can toxically disrupt this balance as an "improvement" is often merely profit-driven short-sightedness. Genetically engineered food, as shown in this video, is able to create produce that can’t reproduce, locking farmers into buying expensive, patented seeds on a continual basis. This affects the basic, sustainable fundamentals of plants being able to grow as a naturally renewable resource.