As the US House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood yesterday, I think there is no better time to share this zine I made recently. This zine is largely about choice, one that is rarely black and white. A choice that without safe spaces like Planned Parenthood, would not be available to most women. There is nothing more weighty and sacred than the decision to become a parent and bring a child into the world, which is why I strongly believe in upholding an individual’s freedom to be trusted with and empowered in that decision. #ISTANDWITHPLANNEDPARENTHOOD because however overwhelmed, conflicted or excited I am by my own personal reproductive options, it is everything to me to possess them. My body, my choice.
Gray Area ©Phoebe Wahl 2015. Ink & Watercolor.
Holiday Etsy prep is already underway...! Here are some Photoshop mockups of some tees to expect this fall/winter!!!! They are NOT AVAILABLE YET! My shop opens NOVEMBER 1st! (But there's always a possibility of an autumn surprise...stay tuned here for more info to come...)
Please note these are MOCKUPS made in Photoshop. On images that belong to American Apparel. They are for product planning purposes only.
I spoke to the folks at Proud2Bme a while back about making body positive art. You can find the interview HERE.
If there’s one thing I’d add to what I said, it’s that too often (and especially after reading and thinking about this article) constantly striving to be positive and self-loving can crash and burn (for me personally, at least) by easily becoming one more personal failing to be hard on myself about. I’m guilty when I feel I haven’t done all I could to embrace and love myself on any given day. It is an exhausting prospect, and one born of privilege. When you put the weight entirely on your own shoulders to empower yourself, it becomes easier to crush yourself in turn. Self hate is not your fault. Beauty is a cultural construct. Our society capitalizes on the systematic shaming of bodies. The system is misogynistic, racist, ableist, homophobic and transphobic. You are not a failure if you cannot and do not always love yourself. Rather, the system is a failure for not loving you. When I feel most confident about my body, it’s not on the days I eat lots of salad and repeat affirmations in the mirror. It’s on the days I’m so busy that I have other things on my mind. The days I’m working on projects I’m passionate about, or with friends, or camping and not looking in a mirror for weeks. When I’m not thinking about loving or hating myself, is when I’m happiest. Because it’s then that my ‘beauty’ settles comfortably into the place it belongs: completely irrelevant to my value as a human being.
Big thank you to wonderful Amy for modeling! What a gorgeous individual.
I’ll be shipping out orders tomorrow. Stay tuned for a big shop announcement coming later this week!
New Feminism Is Freedom shirts, bags and patches are now up in my Etsy shop!
ENORMOUS THANKS to all my amazing models and photographers. Milla & Charlie, Jon, Jess, Kelsey, Steeb, Tori, Makela, Peter and my dad! Friends rallied from all over the US to help model my Feminism Is Freedom t-shirts, I am so incredibly grateful. Also big thanks to Red Boots Design who printed all of my Feminism merchandise here in Bellingham, WA!
AND: women’s 4XL, 2XL and 3XL shirts will be in the shop by the end of the week!!! (There are a few unisex 2XL & 3XL’s in already).
UPDATE: In my original version of this image I spelled “women’s” "womyn’s". Especially on a day of wom(e/y)n’s empowerment I personally like removing the man/men from the word, to suggest that wom(e/y)n need not seek completion from men both in words and otherwise, and to disassociate from the notion of male as the gender neutral or default. However I recognize that some folks may not be comfortable identifying as womyn rather than woman, so here is another version of my image! HAPPY IWD!
Select tee sizes and tote bags are back in my Etsy shop!
Not all the sizes are available, as this batch was intended to round out the numbers of my original stock which sold so incredibly quickly. Hopefully I'll have all the sizes available soon!
Look at this beautiful image! It makes me so happy. Lauren & Oberon of Spiral Garden and eldest their daughter showing off their new shirts. Be sure to check out Spiral Garden if you're in Australia or Tasmania and looking to buy Taproot as well as my prints & cards!
Oops I accidentally stayed up late last night working on a personal project in spite of the fact that I'm in the middle of a massive deadline...! And nothing makes me happier.
At last, a re-do of my “Practice Radical Self Love” image I drew years ago in my sketchbook. It seemed high time to spruce it up a bit, and create a non-white version! Both are going to be available as prints in my Etsy shop eventually. And maybe…a t-shirt as well….? You tell me!
Remember: Work hard every day at loving yourself!
Here's another sneak peek of my Feminism is Freedom t-shirts IN ACTION. I had an amazing weekend out at the Subdued Stringband Jamboree in Deming, WA this weekend, where many of my friends bore their shirts proudly. Now it's back to work here in Portland! I'm working on a lot of hush-hush projects, many of which will be slowly revealed this fall and winter. So bear with me on the slow posting...it means I'm busy!