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

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  

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

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 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