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The Great Wall of Vagina in London!

Today is a good day… I found out that Jamie Mccartney’s work is being exhibited in London FOR FREE! The Great Wall of Vagina is currently at famous sex shop Sh!. It’s being held there for the whole of April and I will definitely be going there to see it, not only would I love to see Mccartney’s work as it’s inspired my graduate collection so much but Sh! is a very unique sex shop which specialises in toys for women and holds sex workshops that range from flirting to spanking!

The Great Wall Of Vagina Has Come To Britain

I sometimes wonder why not all walls have vaginas plastered all over them, but such is life. The Great Wall of Vagina, the world’s only artwork featuring the casts of over 400 women in a bid to represent the variety of women’s genitals, has arrived in Britain!

Number one vulva-appreciator, British artist Jamie McCartney shipped his infamous project to London where it’ll be on display until the end of the month. To remind everyone that those seen in pornography and erotica aren’t always representative of all vaginas, anyone can drop by to see the spectacular vaj-work for free.

The eight-metre long sculpture, which features clay moulds of real women’s vulvas hit female-centric sex toy store Sh! in Hoxton on Saturday, where the artist gave a talk and signed copies of his vaj-happy book. This is a fairly exciting exhibition opportunity for vagina-owners and lovers in London to go and celebrate the female form.

Jamie McCartney's body positive wall of vulvas, The Great Wall of Vagina (Photo: Jamie McCartney)

Initially created to promote body positivity and prove to the planet that all pussies are perfect in their own way, the plaster revolutionary spent five years casting frilly foofs, large labia and asymmetric fannies. Which makes it incred that the sculpture will have its place at Sh!, an avid sex-positive, pro-female pleasure sex shop.

The store’s founder Ky Hoyle, speaks of the alarming amount of women worries about the aesthetics of their genitalia. Hoyle sad:

“We recently carried out a survey which showed that 23 percent of ladies were worried about partners judging the look of their labia. More than one in six had thought about having surgery to change the appearance of their vaginal lips.

“It’s heart-breaking that so many women view their lady parts as ugly, humiliating, or somehow “broken”. I’m determined to change that.”

For the store Hoyle hosts a super selection of products (including cooch colouring books) to please the planet’s pussies, as well as running classes on all things sex, from the A-Z of the G-spot, strap-on tutorials and masturbation lessons. So it’s quite the place to visit, even if it’s just to gawp at McCartney’s vagina wall of fame.

Artist Jamie McCartney with his work The Great Wall of Vagina (Photo: Jamie McCartney)

There’s no denying the lady garden project remains an important message for women (and people who sleep with women). Struck by the exponential rise in the surgical process labiaplasty – an operation to cut down the size of inner or outer labia – McCartney set out to let women know that vaginas are as aesthetically different as faces. The artist says:

“For many women their genital appearance is a source of anxiety and I was in a unique position to do something about that.”

So, if you fancy contributing to a less anxiety-fuelled, self-conscious world of vaginas, we reckon you should head over to see the prolific piece of art. It’d be a cunt-astrophe is you missed it.

The free exhibition is open Monday – Sunday 12-8pm until the end of April at Sh!.


Work Experience: Why it was awesome!

For my work experience i wanted to really get the most out of it i could, so when thinking of who to work for i considered what i wanted to do most. I decided to try and get something in the print sector and that’s what i enjoy to experiment with the most, and then to get something in the sewing world. I landed my first choice for both! so my first two weeks were at Lovenskate, a small, independent skateboard company based in Tottenham, London. Lovenskate don’t just print their own skateboards, clothing and merchandise but also print for shops, designers and so on. Just a few names they do work for are Carhartt and Vans! I enjoyed everything about my experience there, i got to stay with a few good friends and see allot of London, including the London underground…. that was an experience in itself.

While at the Lovenskate studio i learned new techniques such as discharge print and their method of doing it, how to use a print carousel, their particular way of coating and cleaning screens, what size and mesh count to use for certain types or designs, how to create multi colour/layer prints, a different way of exposing screens, how to print on skateboards. I cant say enough about my time here, i loved every minute of it, the team of guys working there are small but close knit and i spent evey day there with a smile on my face.

My second placement was just as perfect for me as the first. I worked at Rock-ola reborn, a small independent vintage store based in the Cardiff Fashion Quarter. during my time here i worked in the store, re arranging the shop, styling and dressing manneqins and general customer service. I also worked at the new design studio where i upcycled vinatage clothing, and made new garments (mainly 2 pieces), all work was a built up to an upcoming event called Lushism. Lushism is an upcoming art, fashion and music event held in cardiff. I took part in a photoshoot, where i styled clothes and hair on the models being featured in the event, this was even filmed to be aired on the new TV channel Made In Cardiff on the 19/12/14 at 8pm! it was absolutely fantastic, please see my blog for pictures of the shoot and behind the scenes.

In conclusion i have an absolutely brilliant time during both placements and really feel that i got everything possible from them. Both are happy to work with me again and Daisy from Rock-ola even wants to joint forces this summer in the sewing studio to see what we can cook up!!! I am ending the yer a very happy and fulfilled student!


A week in the life of Lovenskate

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So as part of my field module I chose to do some work experience, where I am expected to arrange my own exprience and clock up a total of 20 days work with companies or designers of my choice.
I decided that I would try and get two placements so that I could get as much out of this as possible. My first choice was to apply for a skateboard company called Lovenskate, I have a friend who is sponsored by them and I keep up to date with them through networks like facebook and instagram. The reason I wanted to work for Lovenskate is because its a small operation and they hand print everything. After a few short email’s I secured my placement with them! Another plus is that their studio is in London, so I get to go and stay with friends and live the dream!
After a 4 hour bus journey I land in London, its a big and scary place is that London but I survived it. I stayed in Greenwich and worked in Tottenham, which meant I had a near 2 hour journey every morning, consisting of Londons DLR, the underground and train. I’d be lying if I said this journey didnt make me cry at least once during my stay… It was just too early to deal with the human traffic, thousands of people, all underground and they just run at you! I got used to this very quickly thouh and soon blended right in.
On arrival at Lovenskate I was introduced to the gang and shown the ropes by Lovenskate founder,  Stu. What a wonderful human, so passionate and creative, he is most certainly living the dream, his job consists mainly of two  things, printing and skateboarding,  his two favorite things!
The print studio was small but adequate with everything needed to print radness all day long. Two other skate companies, Witchcraft skateboards and The Palamino skatestore worked from the studio, so it was close knit and alot of fun.
With Stu running the game, Lilli helping him and James as full time printer I got straight to work! During my first week I generally helped out with all jobs, counting stock, cleaning, preparing and exposing screens, boxing orders, and listened to awesome music all day. I absolutely loved it!

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