This is the beginning of a small pocket book series for girls, tweens and teens on body-positivity, and how to self care.
This short series of books will focus on the topics of : BODY HAIR, BREASTS & MENSTRUATION- with a spin off on SKIN CARE / ACNE and managing other skin issues while still a young adult.
The information (written and visual) for this series will be based on crowd-sourced information via interviews & survey.
All shared information will be kept anonymous, unless permitted otherwise; then (first) name and age offered only.
"Mermaid" is a state of mind.
February 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook, Mixed Media: Gouache, Marker, Pen & Ink
This image was the first that came to mind when beginning my own internal dialog about how it feels when ingrained European beauty standards impede on my freedom to experience joy in not having to "maintain" body hair as taught or expected.
"Mermaid", a supported state of mind.
February 2016, Strathmore 500 series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Gouache, Marker, Pen & Ink
Evil Bic Razors
February 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Gouache, Pen & Ink
February 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Watercolor, Pen & Ink
#dontgiveapluck March 2016
March 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Gouache, Pen & Ink
I challenged myself to go the full month of March without shaving, plucking, threading or waxing in order to see if I could attempt to feel totally comfortable with myself in this very raw state.
After 7 days, I absentmindedly "cheated" by plucking two enemy hairs from my chin. It was my only mishap.
March 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Gouache, Watercolor, Pen & Ink
ZINE: The Wall of My Vagina Don't Feel Like They Used To
38 page, full color zine.
Artist First Edition/Copy Right 2017, All Rights Reserved
I offered a prompt on social media which asked
"What if we gave our vaginas a moment to voice how they feel? What would they say?"
Finish the end of this sentence:
"The walls of my vagina feel..... '
With permission, I've used some of the responses given which have fueled these visuals.
Exhausted / We're Happy To Serve You
One image from the "Walls of My Vagina..." series.
Pen & Ink, Gouache and Watercolor
The Walls of My Vagina have learned to entertain
ZINE: Frida At My Table, Book 1
Excerpt from a mini zine which begins the conversation on where the shaming of girls & women's bodies began starting with body hair.
Cook book for Mermaids and those identifying with Mermaids.
DISCLAIMER: Theoretically the recipes created may be replicated & eaten by humans, but may not be as palatable or easily digested, if at all.
Sea Cucumber Pasta
Spiralize 2-3 medium sized sea cucumbers.
Steam with added kelp for 7 minutes.
Serve with a side of clams.
Jellyfish & Scallop Butter Sandwiches
Spiralized Sea Cucumber, detail
The easiest way to eat this meal is to twirl it onto the prongs of a fork.
Sea Mushroom Salad
Soothesayer Anemone Tea
The Conure Cooking Companion
Meet the Mermaid's companion conure.
Children's Book Illustration
Gus's adventures with his BFF, Red.
Supportive Characters: Gus's younger sister, Olivia and his cousins Aminah and Jean Luke with their BFF, Green.
This series has been created in memory of Gustavo Gabriel Reyes, still born at 40 weeks, February 15, 2011, and his sister Olivia Flor Reyes who was miscarried at 14 weeks, August 8th, 2012.
The Cousins have been created in honor (and with permission from their parents) of Aminah Ariel Change, miscarried 2011, and Jean Luke Change, stillborn at 21 weeks on January 9th, 2014.