113 Butterflies

113 Butterflies   Since I was a child I’ve always been very slim, doctors diagnosed me with a sort of assimilation issue that always characterised my childhood… I was quite jealous of my peers when their boobs started to grow giving to their bodies a graceful shape; my turn arrived much later on!   I was a skinny, curly haired tomboy who loved the outdoors, other children’s company and experiencing a sense of freedom. I enjoyed the parties of the Palestinian community that my dad used to organise in our house; they were so loud and spontaneous. It was from those parties that I learnt… 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

Hannah Barclay: on the power of poetry

Anyone who has kept a diary can relate to the therapeutic usefulness of writing.  Bridget Jones provides a comical example of these benefits whilst telling tales of heart ache embedded within the turmoil of daily life. Writing can also inspire art. Sylvia Plath’s Journals, kept during the last twelve years of her life, provide an insight into what became the basis for her work, including an extraordinary collection of deeply personal poetry.  Poet and artist, Hannah Barclay, shares with Sassy her views on writing from a personal and autobiographical approach. In between three of her own poems, Barclay discusses how writing has become a tool for understanding herself, the importance for open conversations, and the book which inspired thoughts on how powerful one’s psyche can be.   What role does poetry play in your life?  Poetry helps… 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

Bodily Exploration

Alakina Mann’s illustration ‘Sexualite Egalite Liberte’ was recently showcased in London’s “Nasty Women” Exhibition. She talks us through her ideas and thoughts about sexuality and how it has influenced her work. My drawing practice has always been quite body-lead; how it feels, how I feel about it, it’s the one thing I can trust and have complete authority on. Nobody can tell you what it’s like to live in your own body. In my bodily exploration I couldn’t help but notice that I kept coming up against a wall, a boundary of… Read More

Bloated-lady-of-the-night

I live in constant fear of failure. Every decision I make is marked by high levels of anxiety and months (sometimes years) of afterthought. “Did I make the right choice? Will this lead to my inevitable doom? Will my future be marred with unhappiness and regret.” Having an abortion was the only decision I never second guessed. Six weeks (and an embarrassing amount of symptoms) went by before I even contemplated the idea of being pregnant. Two tests down, I couldn’t deny it any further. A deep-seated dread filled me. In my whole life I have… Read More

A Pure Kind of Behaviour

It has recently occurred to me that I share the behaviour of a Pure Exhibitionist. Wikipedia describes this as ‘being content with just showing off the genitals‘ (insert a sigh of relief when reading the word JUST). Perhaps the penny should have dropped sooner after years of keeping curtains open, lights on and clothes off. I’d understood this routine as somewhat free-spirited, nurturing a love for seeing the ever-changing sky. It transpires I just want to be free of underwear and love mooneying around.    After a handful of hours spent life modelling and a hint from a slightly less liberal lover, I finally questioned this indulgent joy for nudity. Once in a space where my nakedness was accepted and people were… Read More

The Goody Two Shoes

I have the deep-rooted fear, instilled from a strict childhood, of being told off. The moment I recognise the severe, questioning tone, my heart will triple its speed and panic sets in through a flush of heat making my skin feel like it’s coming out in cold sweats. I have recently reacquainted myself with breaking the rules and rebelling, consequently I am also experiencing moments of panic and the need for more deodrant. However, like any rebel will know, the adrenalin rush of doing something “bad” is like a drug that fuels excitement and vivacity, and it feels good! My recent escapades have involved me going out into my local area (meaning I… Read More

The First Sassy Story

Biting my nails is a bad habit of mine which I fall into when I’m anxious, feeling uncomfortable or thinking really hard, like now! Pressure of the first Sassy post.  (Finger’s firmly back on keyboard, not in-between teeth) This is not my only bad habit, another that I recognise in myself, aswell as others around me, is the habit of stifling a conversation. To live through experiences, good and bad, and not share with others these stories.  Let me cut to the chase so I can introduce you to Sassy. Because to know Sassy I’d like you to… Read More