Steph Reed asks the question: “What am I happy about”.

Steph was part of the latest Sassy Event, Mentioning Menstruation, where women came together to talk openly about their periods. Here, Steph shares her own history of using contraception and the questions she’s asking herself since hearing other women’s stories.   ‘I was on the phone to someone yesterday and they asked me what medication I was taking. So I listed off asthma and allergies. A few minutes later I realised that I’ve become so used to taking contraception that I don’t even think about it as a form of medication. I stopped the conversation and said “Hold up, I’m on… Read More

‘Since my experience with the Nuvaring, I’m now petrified of how contraception will affect me’

For so many women, the main struggle faced with their periods is knowing which contraception to use. This conversation played a key role in the latest Sassy Event, ‘Mentioning Menstruation’, where women shared their own experiences and opinions about how they choose to manage and control their cycles. What appeared was an understanding and respect for each woman’s personal decision, an individual approach that is reflected in their own wants and needs.   Here, Ixta Belfrage retells her story of her scarring experience with the Nuvaring and how it has affected her… Read More

Let’s talk PMS

With a history of working for women’s health in Auckland, New Zealand, Marjorie discusses her involvement in running a special clinic for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), working to find ways to help each individual woman’s needs.   Can you explain what Premenstrual syndrome is? Premenstrual syndrome refers to the symptoms you get in the luteal phase (the last part) of the cycle, before the period comes. The experiences of women is hugely varied as are the symptoms. With that in mind, the clinic was set up and run by a multi-disciplinary team; a doctor, a nurse and a psychologist to help those women who struggled. How did the clinic run? The initial appointment would involve asking the women to talk about their history; when they started their periods, what their periods were like, any changes over time and… Read More

Artist Odilia Suanzes’s works on paper celebrate the beauty of a Menstrual Cycle

  I’ve always had problems with my periods. I‘ve had them too often. My cycle would be last for 20 days, sometimes less, between 15 –18 days. Losing a lot of blood would make me more tired.  I found having a period annoying, disgusting, making me reject the experience.     But then I questioned the idea of using the blood in my art to change my perspective about my menstrual cycle. To embrace this part of being female by creating something. Normally we will relate all the emotional ups and downs felt during the month as something negative, but we can approach it more… Read More

Bella Singleton on building her brand.

Designer and illustrator, Bella Singleton, is as unique and inspiring in character as she is in her work. Her creations offer a feast for the eyes and a trip for the imagination. Dynamic colours, intricate illustrations and diverse patterns combine to create pieces of art which hang, not on a wall but on the body. After studying Printed Textiles, Singleton has built her own business, printing her designs onto silk scarves, allowing a classic item to become a contemporary accessory.  Her work has been described as a celebration for personal expression, encouraging the way to dress be an extension of ourselves. Bella Singleton talks with Sassy about her journey so far, the highs and lows of building an independent brand and what’s in… Read More

ARK debuts with a secure sense of self

A few days before the release of her debut Single ‘Made for Us’, ARK sits down with Sassy to talk about the catharsis of songwriting, the celebration of female artists and understanding oneself. ARK’s debut EP is filled with lyrics presenting emotionally mature ideas embedded within sophisticated melodies and compositions. During this interview ARK allows for the honesty and truth heard in her music to shine through. A calm and focused woman whose sweet and playful sense of humour reminds us of her youthfulness. These genuine characteristics remind us that ‘what you see is what you get’. Having worked as a singer/songwriter… Read More

Giulia Mangoni in discussion with Bethany Burgoyne

London-based artist Bethany Burgoyne explores the delicate theme of abortion and the way it relates to the body through her colourful, humorous and oddly disturbing digital paintings. The awkward is placed alongside the beautiful, the angular against the curvy. In her new series ‘Homage to My Sisters’, seductive lines swim alongside repellent forms to create images that at once intrigue and cause a reaction. Although sex in an undercurrent through the work, the body in her representations refuses to be sexualized and consumed as an object. Instead, a disturbance is felt. Hairs… Read More