As this year in the UK we're celebrating 100 years since women (of privilege) were given the vote I wanted to create a little something devoted to those who helped us win this victory; the Suffergists and the Suffragettes.
I've always known a good amount about Sufferage, and both the Suffergists and the Suffragettes, but thanks to the focus the cause has gotten due to the anniversary, I've been educating myself down to a deeper level about the individual events and the characters behind the fight for women's liberation towards the end of the 19th century and start of the 20th.
I always make an effort to buy as many of my Christmas presents from independent businesses as possible; for small companies, like my own, Christmas is our most important season, and a successful holiday seasons can make a home-grown business.
So each year I always have a little wish list of wonderful goodies I'd love to receive on Christmas morning. Rather than keep this list to myself, I'd like to share it with you all in case any of the items would make the perfect present for someone you love or something to add to your own wish list.
Today I'm sharing 6 Great Christmas Gifts for your Favourite Crazy Cat Lady.
New to the Sofa Beast collection this autumn are two fresh sets of cat-themed stickers; a Cat Lover sticker pack, and a Crazy Cat Lady set designed for bullet journals or planners. Both are adorned with several illustrations of adorable felines of all types, from rainbow caticorns to cats eating cake.
I first encountered this wonderful Virginia Woolf quote - I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure - on a bookmark in the British Library in London. I had a little time between meetings while at a conference in the city, and decided to use the break to have a little look at books, because, well, books are great.
This bookmark has kept my place in more than a few books over the year or two; it is currently marking my place in Zweig's The World of Yesterday, and was used recently as I finally sat down to read my first books by Virginia Woolf; Mrs Dalloway.
As Halloween is fast approaching, I thought this would be the perfect time for me to show you a few of my favourite Buffy the Vampire goodies created by creative makers. From enamel lapel pins and embroidered patches, to greeting cards, stickers and art prints, these wonderful goodies could make for a perfect Halloween gift or costume accessory for any Buffy fan or Scooby gang.
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that, as a feminist and a sci-fi fan, I've only recently read my first Ursula K. Le Guin novel. Part of why I hadn't delved into her work before was the immense scope of her writing; where on earth do you start with an author who has been prolific for decades upon decades?
After her death, I realised that I had to stop dawdling and pick something. After asking for recommendations, and as my partner and I are currently collecting the SF Masterworks novel releases, I decided upon The Left Hand of Darkness.
I've been planning a few new freebies to share with everyone, but as I'm focused on creating a few goodies to add to the store before the start of the Christmas season, I won't be able to get around to them for a short while. So, in the interim, I thought why not share a few feminist freebies from some other wonderful creatives?
Japan is well-known for its reverence of cats. Felines are regarded as a sign of good luck throughout the country, and it's a common occurrence to run into a shrine devoted to this wonderful furry animal when travelling around the country.
This devotion has trickled into Japanese literature. There are more than a few plays, cultural tales and books where cats play a central role. As a self-confession crazy cat lady, a voracious reader and a bit of a Japanophile, I've of course read more than a few of these novels. And what always strikes me is how the authors so often use cats to depict the intricacies of human life, love and emotion.
Here are a few of my favourites, and one I can't wait to get reading.
Hello, I'm Karen
I'm an illustrator & designer from the UK, producing my own products as well as custom illustration for clients, both big and small.