A Moment with Giulia Mangoni

Captured by Bethany Burgoyne Giulia Mangoni is an artist who lives and works in Italy. Situated in a small town outside of Rome, we see her preparing and practicing her skills whilst studying for a Masters in Fine Art. Creativity is something which this young woman both cherishes and exudes. Her lifestyle is a daily commitment to developing ideas inspired by the environment around her. Throughout this short film, we see a conversation play out between two friends, one in front of the camera and one behind it. Bethany Burgoyne explains more…. Read More

A Night of Sassy Storytelling

Special Thanks to the women involved with this project xx Accompaniment by David Burgoyne and HoneyB Memories of your first kiss? That time you ventured to “thirdbase”? When your bestfriend helped shave your moustache? Sassy Stories revolves around retelling those pivotal moments in life that tend to stay hidden beneath clouds of socially awkward shame. To encourage open conversations, Sassy Events are run for women to come together, talk, discuss and use art as a tool for expression. Gratefully hosted by Studio 73 in Brixton, Sassy encouraged women to venture back to their 14… Read More

A Sassy Society

  “It’s not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” Eugene Ionesco   Drawing and writing act as a way of digesting both her own and others behaviour. Bethany Burgoyne delves into her subconsious to create her latest collection of work.       In this series of hand drawn illustrations, ‘A Sassy Society’, we are introduced to six new characters. Each persona is inspired by a pool source of people from various places whom Bethany has interacted with. Highlighted in the accompanying poems are both positive and negative characteristics which weave… Read More

Searching for Sassy. Chapter 3

  After spending two months in Romania, travelling through the country and having conversations with locals and foreigners, I can introduce to you the ladies. Four characters inspired by the women and girls who engaged with Sassy and shared their views of female identity within the Romanian society. Chapter 3 A Sassy Society                   Stories written by Bethany Burgoyne Illustrations by Bethany Burgoyne  

Searching for Sassy. Chapter 2

  By taking Sassy up to the North of Romania revealed a dramatic change in mindset from the South. Introducing the people of Maramures; one man, one Swiss, one teen, one inspiring woman! Chapter 2 Maramures Mentality                  Stories written by Bethany Burgoyne Illustrated by Bethany Burgoyne  

Searching for Sassy. Chapter 1.

In a search to understand how culture effects the identity of a woman, Sassy has taken itself off to do a bit of research in different countries. Searching for Sassy is a story book of introductions. Welcoming you to meet the people you haven’t seen before and hear the views they have to share. Made up of fictional characters from different walks of life, each introduction is an impression of the people Sassy met along the way. Chapter 1 Bucharest (and a little bit beyond).                

Mentioning Menstruation

After spending the last two months talking with women about their Menstrual Cycle, I am happy to present a collection of stories that have been shared as well as clips from the Sassy Event ‘Mentioning Menstruation’. ‘Mentioning Menstruation’ brought 18 women together to partake in an open conversation. After an introduction by myself (including a somewhat entertaining rendition of Bootylisicous by Destiny’s Child, with the lyrics modified to read ‘Let’s all talk about our Menstrual Cycle’! ) Laila Gaber led the conversation presenting her story. “I was 13 when my period first… Read More

Homage to my Sisters

Homage to my Sisters made in response to women sharing their stories about deciding to terminate a pregnancy. Women involved with the project ranged from 18 to 40 years old. Each story shed light on the complexity of the decision and the emotional challenges faced, often silently and alone.