The Original Punk that is Vivienne WestWood!

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Just a small insight into the female icon that is Vivienne Westwood! Infamous in both the fashion and music industry, Vivienne Westwood is also renowned for being unconventional,  increasingly out-spoken and a woman who is unafraid of confrontation. Always provocative and forever controversial, she is recognised, respected and admired all the world over. A prominent political activist, Westwood has made a point of challenging those who consider themselves to be ‘artists’ with statements such as “We don’t have any artists today, they don’t have any vision what so ever!” She also maintains that there is no longer any true form of culture considering our social, economic and political climate.

Intrigued by such bold statements and expressed views, I have taken the time to look into them a little deeper… From the lectures presented, talks and interviews Westwood communicates that it is art that gives culture and in her mind there isn’t any art being produced in contemporary society that has the effect of doing this. Reflecting on consumerism throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century and the fact that we are essentially destroying the planet, Westwood argues that if we did in fact have culture then our current environment, our social, economic and political landscape would be significantly different!

Westwood is keen to highlight the interpersonal dynamic that is required in order for art to become culture. It is on this premise that she describes culture as being “alive.” Westwood suggests that art itself does not have any value and that in isolation it simply cannot become part of our culture. It is only when a piece of art has a relationship and becomes connected with people that it takes on some form of meaning or value. Only when a number of people appreciate and share value in art does it then become part of our culture. Drawing on the works of Matthew Arnold, Westwood defines culture as “A pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world; and through this knowledge, turning a stream of fresh and free thought upon our stock notions and habits…” It is for this very reason that she encourages people to act and not be complacent, always projecting our “best self” by following our “deep curiosity” in an effort to understand the world around us.

Westwood has openly criticised the band ‘Pink Floyd’ for promoting “We don’t need no education!” Although she does intimate that the onus is on the individual to read and learn, to seek out new information and increase knowledge. A personal responsibility to interact with academia as well as attending exhibitions and galleries in order to observe art. Westwood feels that only then can we fully comprehend the society in which we operate, stating that “If we understand the past then we will understand the world we live in… For this reason I consider the art lover to be a freedom fighter for a better world!”

If you want to hear more on the subject of art and culture and gain a deeper insight into the views of Vivienne Westwood then click… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcjcoiw5ekw

So the question is, are there any true artists out there? What do you think about the arguments proposed by Vivienne Westwood? How do you feel about the idea that anyone can be an artist? Naturally it begs the question as to what is art? Do you think that real art is or should be limited to drawing or painting? How do you feel about art and culture? Would you consider yourself to be an art lover? Always intrigued and forever curious, I would love to hear what you think about all of this? Drop me a line.

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   SisterSole x

“The Alias Often Doesn’t Indicate The Gender!” WIDEWALLS 10 Female Street Artists!

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“The alias often doesn’t indicate the gender.  It might be the reason why we don’t have a clear idea of how many women street artists are actually out there. Some artists do not announce their feminine identity, feeling that being a woman shouldn’t change the perception of their art. By all means, the street art is no longer the exclusive boy’s club. It took some time, but the time has come. Graffiti art is being increasingly taken over by women and girls are literally leaving their mark in the public sphere. Our list only scratches the surface. We are sure that we have overlooked many great and promising women who are street artists, which may be a good excuse for a new article, but these ten girls are pushing the boundaries of urban art at the moment.  Working in diverse styles and media, some of them consciously advocate feminine element in street art, while others go beyond gender.”

You have to check out these badass babes!  Maya Hayek just for example, “Is a feminist who will not work with galleries who exhibit less than 10% female artists. Hayuk is known for her massively scaled abstract murals characterized by intricate patterns, symmetrical compositions and super bright colors. Her work can be found all over the world.”

Also, ‘Swoon’ The Activist & Humanitarian…

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To see the full article from WIDEWALLS check out…  http://www.widewalls.ch/10-female-street-artists/maya-hayuk/

What do you think about this article? Maybe you know of other women who are making their mark on the scene? Other individuals who are out there killing it but have yet to be recognised? Drop me a line, I would love to hear from you!

                       SisterSole x

The Rebel that is Grace Jones!

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M2M have created “A collection of films, shorts and interviews with individuals that dared to challenge the norm.” Appropriately titled, ‘The Rebels’ this collection includes iconic figures such as Grace Jones, Brigette Bardot and Balenciaga to name but a few. Bold, stylish, fresh and authentic, ‘The Rebels’ are definitely worth checking out!

What do you think about ‘The Rebels’? Perhaps you have ideas as to other iconic figures who would add to and/or enhance the collection? As always I would love to hear your thoughts so please do drop me a line.

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SisterSole x

Don’t miss out on ‘The What’s Underneath Project!’ Brought to us by StyleLikeU, a “Platform that empowers self-expression and self-acceptance!”

Talented mother and daughter duo Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum describe asking “A select group of individuals to participate in a project in which they will remove their clothes… To honour how style is not the clothes you wear. Style is not a facade, it is … Continue reading Don’t miss out on ‘The What’s Underneath Project!’ Brought to us by StyleLikeU, a “Platform that empowers self-expression and self-acceptance!”

My ‘Black Stiletto Hand Job’ and Female Entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid, Founder of WAH Nails, WAH Nails London & WAH WORLD!

In my post “If you can’t love yourself how the hell you gonna love somebody else?!” I expressed how I’m embarking on a journey of self care, self improvement and some serious self love. Encouraging all of you lovely ladies out there to accompany me on this expedition of exploration and adventure. Well we all have to start somewhere and so I decided that the ‘black stiletto hand job’ would be the perfect way forward for me!

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Speaking of manicures and nail art I recently saw an interview with female entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid, founder of WAH Nails. Opening a single beauty salon in 2009, namely WAH London, Sharmadean has gone from strength to strength by creating her own line of nail products and also establishing contracts with retailers such as Topshop and Boots UK.

After the financial crash in 2008 Sharmadean talks about how she navigated her way through the difficult financial and social climate “People might not be able to afford to get a meal and a drink out but they might want to come and hang out in a shop and maybe get their nails done.”

During the interview Sharmadean outlines her top five tips for when starting a new business: Take note ladies!

  1. Always have a vision “Mine is to be a global nail authority for millennial girls.”

  1. Build a community as they will be your most loyal customers “My community is made up of the sickest girls!”

  1. “Every single thing from the toilet paper to your telephone should be of your vibe.”

  1. Where possible, ask your family members and close friends to borrow money first. “It took me four months to build the salon and I ran out of money…”

  1. Only hire people on your vibe.

Sharmadean discusses how she initially only had two members of staff but after obtaining a contract with Topshop it increased to twenty five girls! Also, opening up about the stresses and strains that come with such a large workforce “Sleep is for billionaires and you aint there yet!”

Talking business (again take note girls) Sharmadean explains how in a service based profession such as with manicures and nail art, you can only earn roughly £20 per hour. However, when you are creating your own nail products you can earn £20,000 in twenty minutes! That’s quite a difference and so naturally, Sharmadean knew that in order to increase profits and become significantly more successful, she had to be creating and using her own nail products.

Interestingly, Sharmadean discusses feminism and the idea of being a feminist, explaining how she had “grown up to learn of it like something like dirty, like you don’t want to be a feminist! Uurrrgh those hairy, ugly old women moaning!” She goes further describing what female empowerment and gender equality mean to her “for me, you have true power if you are economically empowered.” Although, surprisingly she later admits that “in fact feminism is the thing that has given me the most power!”

Personally, I consider Sharmadean Reid to be an absolute inspiration! All that she has managed to achieve, she is such an amazing example to young girls and women in general. It is also refreshing to not only see a young woman doing well but someone from a working class background. Coming from such an environment myself, I think it’s awesome to see people from similiar circumstances becoming successful. Also, how such achievements should be recognised and celebrated whether you’re male or female!

If you want to see the interview and spend a day with the leading lady herself then check out this video…

“The Cult nail artist has the world at her fingertips!”

Also, for more cool conversations and clips such as this, definitely check out the YouTube channel ‘Broadly’. These videos are just so refreshing in that they depart from the usual dumbing down of women, keen to expose stories that empower us girls all the while encouraging people to be their true authentic selves. Please do drop me a line with your thoughts, as always I would love to hear from you. Also, if you’ve been embarking on some self care and self love then please do share!

                      SisterSole x

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In the words of RuPaul “If you can’t love yourself how the hell you gonna love somebody else?!”

My vision is to create a movement that empowers women and advocate complete gender equality. A platform where individuals can come together and communicate, collaborate, celebrate and congregate as a conscious collective. Such a goal is no small feat and one that will take time and so throughout this process I think it’s massively important to also focus on the individual. Of course I’m not talking about self serving narcissism here just that us girls could be a little bit kinder to ourselves!

I mean is it just me or do you ever find yourself thinking “Fuck what happened? I need to sort my shit out!” Well I do all too often and so it is for this very reason that I am embarking on a journey of self care, self improvement and serious self love! In the words of RuPaul “If you can’t love yourself how the hell you gonna love somebody else?!” You may very well be all fine and dandy but if you’re not then why don’t you join me on this expedition of exploration and adventure?? It is going to one hell of a ride!

Naturally, us girls could also be a lot kinder to one another! Social media and society in general can be so cruel and punishing, constantly teaching us to perceive one another as competition, as the enemy! It is just so unnecessary, never mind straight up ridiculous! The expression ‘divide and conquer’ springs to mind and so we have to realise that we’re so much stronger together! Only then can we progress and push forward towards empowering women, achieving true gender equality.

“If you can’t love yourself how the hell you gonna love somebody else?!” Hmmmm When considering such a statement I also start to think about the strangers that we seemingly breeze past on the street, people that we interact with on a daily basis in terms of customer service, co-workers and other individuals at your place of employment, general acquaintances, close friends, family members as well as the obvious romantic interests, lovers and partners. For some it can be a lonely old world out there and so too often I think that we underestimate the power of a smile, a simple hello, a sincere compliment, a gentle touch or the smallest act of kindness. All of these things have the strength to give life meaning, the power to potentially turn a life around. For this reason I propose that we all…

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                                                                                                                   SisterSole x

Calling on all of my Queens, Sister Spirits, Creators, Mothers, Matriarchs, Lioness and Goddesses!!!

“You can fake an orgasm but you can’t fake a movement!” and so I’m calling on all of my Queens, Sister Spirits, Mothers, Grandmothers, Matriarch’s, Lioness and Goddess’s to come together, speak up, sharing all of your wisdom, knowledge and vast experience. Let us create … Continue reading Calling on all of my Queens, Sister Spirits, Creators, Mothers, Matriarchs, Lioness and Goddesses!!!