June 26, 2016

The Curious Case of the Body Hair

Society has built up this image that its sexy to look super smooth. "There are no sexy models with hairy legs". Females from as young as 12 start to get influenced by their friends, family and the media and the issue of body hair is perceived as bad. Eventually us females perceive it as the norm and don't think twice to question it. It's just something we have to do. 

This issue of body hair has been coming up quite a bit in my personal life and it's something that I've grown to have a strong opinion on. It's interesting to see the different opinions people have and how it varies in terms of age. Maybe the trend of shaving is just something that was popular when our parents were growing up? Is it going out of trend? 

I must have started shaving around 11 or 12. In PE there would be girls which would judge you for having hairy armpits or legs and at that age you really just want to be accepted. So I listened and from then on I continuously shaved to conform to the society's norm of a female. I haven't questioned this since then until I've started to grow up and build my own opinions. 

When you're growing up it's your parents that are teaching you to think a certain way, with the society's input of course. However when you start to grow up you get influenced by other things and you can choose which ones you accept and which ones you don't. I guess what I'm trying to say, don't listen to what people are telling you.

When I was getting older shaving eventually became a chore which was a hassle to do. I started to not care as much about doing it and we get to this stage now where my mum is giving me 'the talk' about how I should really shave my armpits. 

It's not that I've completely given up on it, it's just that I don't care for it anymore. I probably will shave if its for some special occasion but I don't think it should be as regular. I get the whole thing of the pleasure of smooth legs when you just get into bed but does it really need that much attention? It's just hair, I've got it on my head so why should I shave other areas. Boys don't have to shave so why should girls. Who made that decision?

Some people's argument here is that it's unhygienic. After doing some research I have found that this argument has been completely shattered by medicals. When it comes to shaving your intimate areas, it has been proven that shaving can increase the risks of getting all sorts of infections and the risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease, not that I'm likely to get that anyway but you get the point. Shaving irritates your skin and increases your chance of catching things. It's basically more hygienic to not shave. 

Moving to the armpit hair, believe it or not, the same principle applies. Underarm hair provides protection against friction when the arm is moved. It's a natural occurrence so why should you fight nature? It's obviously there for a reason so why should we make our lives harder. Who needs all the hassle anyway?

To sum up, body hair is natural. We shouldn't have to shave because people are telling us that. We're strong independent women who can control our lives! Why don't you try it, don't shave for a week or a month and see how you feel about it.

Thanks for reading, Dom x


June 24, 2016

Art Foundation Final Show | Poppi

Hello my lovelies!
After today's tragedy of Britain leaving the EU, I'm here to reflect on what I've accomplished recently and the amount of work that I've put into my art project.

Starting this project I didn't know what to do. It was a hard decision to chose something to do for 10 weeks but eventually, after the influence of Love Magazine, I realized that I wanted to created something happy, colourful and positive. Something that would make me want to come in to college.

The whole project started off with doodles. Doodles you do in maths when you're bored and you end up writing that boy's name over and over again. I started to experiment with drawings, colour and sweets believe it or not. To bring this experimentation together, I have created a series of dresses with different shapes and fonts to reflect this young, teenage spirit. I wanted to create an atmosphere where girls 15-25 years old can reflect on their youth, look forward to maturing but at the same time keep that inner child.

To go along with these dresses I wanted to create a small magazine promoting this atmosphere and feeling. I showed off the mock brand in a creative way using doodles, illustrations and collages. Social media has also been a great influence, especially Instagram which is image based therefore it influenced the colour scheme and in general what people were interested in. Here's a link to the zine where you can see all of the pages.

This whole experience has been an incredible one and it's a year of my life which I will never forget. I feel so privileged to have experienced this and I really hope that everything work out for our younger generation. I just hope that we can look forward to what is to come next for us like university or other things rather than worry.

Thanks for reading, Dom x


June 19, 2016

Poppi Zine | Art Foundation Final Project

Hello my lovelies!
It's all over now! I've finally finished this long ass project of mine (backstory, I do art and it was my final major project). I've made a (maga)zine to go with the Poppi collection as a final piece. It shows off the collection that I've made portraying a certain atmosphere. Throughout the whole project I've worked to recreate this teenage atmosphere. I wanted to reminisce these teenage years where you talk about boys, plan festivals or do doodles on homework. It's all about colour and that vibrant look. 

Hope you enjoy this little zine and get inspired by it. Let me know what you think and if anyone wants a physical copy as I still have a few left. 

Thanks for reading, Dom x

June 05, 2016

May Instagram Favourites

Quick catchup! 
May has been super hectic especially near the end. Final show on it's way and I can't believe that I managed to make 3 dresses, a magazine and even some tshirts to go with the collection (will be up for sale, here's the print preview) in 11 weeks. 

Because my project was so intense I used lots of sources for inspiration. One of them was instagram and it completely took over my discover page. The main theme in my project was colour and I started to discover so many amazing artists. Yes, artists. Not just casual posters. The amount of time people put into creating these amazingly aesthetic images is so incredible. 

One of my top 3 have been Sophlog, Tatty Devine and Fluffegram
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