Spring break means fun experiments. Shroud with rose for @adriansanchez_ftw !
Trying to get more comfortable drafting lady heads. #badbitches
Without any fair warning or notice, this piece about Jenny Lind I made won me a spot into the Society of Illustrators annual student competition!
Congrats to all my fellow SVA students, we seriously kicked some butt this year.
I feel good about myself for the first time in a while. Had to post it somewhere.
Having an artist/writer/general creative whom I respect tell me they like my work is the best feeling in the entire world and I hope I never lose my ability to feel it with time.
7 Feb 2014 / 9 notes
Needed a break from the large scale botanicals. Design courtesy of Milton Zeis.
thru Feb 2:
“Woman To Go”
Mathilde ter Heijne
Jack Hanley Gallery, 327 Broome St., NYC
part of an ongoing traveling installation displaying postcards which can be taken for free. Each postcard shows a portrait of an unknown woman that lived between 1839 (the beginning of photography with Daguerreotypes) and the 1920s. On the message side is the biography of a known woman who was influential or extraordinary in her time. The pictures and biographies were collected from all over the world. The women whose biographies are known, all struggled for their individual goals in a world where men were predominant, where women didn’t have the right to vote or to own property, and only men were thought to be worth remembering. Most of these women have been forgotten and the many unknown women help us to remember the known. The postcards are to be taken for free in order to give people the opportunity to “take away” a female role model, or a little source of inspiration.”
Whenever I talk about vegan alternatives to leather, I feel like I get a lot of pushback. Leather is a natural material, so it must be eco-friendly, right? I feel like that argument fails on many levels, & the video below is just one example of how unnatural the leather industry really is.
Leather Industry & the Environment
Petroleum-based leather alternatives are not the greenest fabric, I totally agree. But the leather industry is not a better option. Here are a few reasons that leather is bad for the environment:
Producing leather means raising cows. In many places, that means deforestation. It also means feeding those cows & the huge industrial agriculture footprint that goes along with it.
The leather tanning process it terribly toxic. Tanneries use tons of water & toxic chemicals like formaldehyde to make that cow skin wearable. Their processes pollute the air and the water.
Leather is cruel. Just like with raising factory animals for meat, raising them for their skins often comes with a heavy does of animal abuse. Commodity animals like cows aren’t protected by animal rights laws like dogs & cats are, and so-called “ag gag” laws prevent transparency in many factory faring operations.
Leather Industry Cruelty
The video below is pretty graphic. It depicts the cruelty & abuse that’s unfortunately pretty common in the leather industry. This is a PETA video, & I know that PETA is a pretty polarizing operation. They pull some crazy stunts, & they can be pretty off-putting. But they also do a good job of showing the cruelty in the world of animal agriculture, like the leather industry. I hope that you’ll give the video below a chance & maybe rethink the leather in your wardrobe.
Fair warning…this video shown on this link is heartbreaking & horrific, but it is important to understand the type of cruelty we are supporting if we choose to purchase leather goods. As Stella says in the video, “leather not just a by-product, but the most important co-product of the meat (& dairy) industry, which means that buying leather directly contributes to the horror of intensive factory farming.” It’s time to re-think leather.
Believe me, I’ve argued with myself many a time over which is lesser of two evils - leather or synthetic goods often made over seas with toxic materials? That’s why I’ve stopped buying the cheap Target knock offs. Yes they’re cheap, but I typically toss them within 3 months, as they are extremely low quality. While Stella McCartney’s designs are way beyond my budget, these days, I am making “investments” in shoes from more affordable brands like Olsen Haus, who uses recycled materials, & Nicora Johns, who uses all not toxic & manmade materials, & manufactures their shoes in the USA with the help of skilled cobblers. Yes, they’re expensive. But they are cruelty-free, eco-friendly, compassionately made & built to last. Win. Win. Win. Please shop responsibly & choose compassionate fashion!