As a white, middle class cis woman, I celebrate IWD for women's achievements generally, but this year I'm focussing on those who aren't seen enough. First nations women. Women of colour. Trans women. Women in poverty. Survivors of domestic abuse that identify as women. If you wanna join in, upload your artwork to Instagram with the hashtag #iseeyou2020 and tag me @alnmakes. Please spread the word, you do research and encourage your loved ones to donate to local orgs that support underprivileged women. See women, hear women, raise them up.
A very dear friend said this to me one time when I apologised for complaining about my wisdom teeth when she was going through something much tougher! The full quote was "Don't be sorry, we don't do comparisons here, only compassion." She is a beautiful friend. Illustration based from a photograph by @amyshamblen
"There's no need to wait around feeling glum, hoping someone will come along and say something nice to you. Do it yourself! Use positive words to change you attitude. See it as the path to sanity. Be a self-encourager." I love this piece of advice, and I talk to myself on the reg 😂🌈 It's gotten me out of a lot of anxiety driven situations, or gotten me through a really hard day at work. Have you read The To Be List by Latesha Randall with Sebastian Walter? 70 chapters to help you slow down [...]
The world has just seen the two biggest climate strike events in our history! With 4 million+ people last week and numbers to be announced for yesterday, change is coming. It was amazing to march alongside people of all ages that are equally as passionate about this terribly important cause. If you're ever in conversation with a climate change denier, my friend Lee Constable recommended this website which is a great resource made by a science communicator. It arms you with simple rebuttal for common arguments against climate change. View the website. [...]
After the Typism conference yesterday, I wanted to get stuck into some lettering, so I made this little ditty. It's about how I've been revising who I want to work with. The sentence I've come up with so far is "People committed to producing ethical and eco-friendly products and services." Who are your favourite ethical or eco-friendly businesses or ? Some of mine are Who Gives a Crap, Flora and Fauna, Soda Stream, Diva Cup or similar, supa gifts, Take 3 for the Sea, Boomerang Bags, Plastic Free July and Extinction Rebellion. I'm passionate about [...]
When I watched Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond on Netflix, Jim told a story about his father. His Dad could have been a great comedian he says, but instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. He was let go from this 'safe' job and their family struggled to make ends meet. So, he said, the lesson is this: You can fail at what you don't love, so you might as well do what you love. I illustrated this piece as it really rang true with me. To be fair, I've never not [...]