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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!.

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Life Drawing feat. Sex Workers

Lauren Zoe is taking life drawing to the next level, and I love it! Although the drive and meaning behind her work is slightly different to mine, I am so into what she is trying to do. It seems we have something in common, we are both final year Art & Design students, trying to make sex, erotica and our naked bodies more acceptable and remove the long standing taboo. I love the look of the work produced and this has inspired me to try a life drawing class (sadly it wont be one involving sex workers), Its been years since I tried life drawing and I know there is an evening class local!

Please give the article a read, its very powerful and I believe in supporting this beatiful, erotic art!

Meet the woman using art to demystify sex work

Lauren Zoe’s life drawing classes want participants to witness the sex acts as they happen

Being a sex worker has never been easy, but since the government introduced prohibitive anti-vulgarity laws in 2014, the problems associated with sex work have become much more acute. Pornography, prostitution and stripping remain stigmatised, while other forms of sex work – likesugar babies and escort services – barely register in the public consciousness.

Lauren Zoe is trying to change that. A final-year art student at Goldsmiths’ University – and vice president of Britain’s only student sex worker solidarity group – Lauren has just started running a series of all-female life-drawing classes that use sex workers as muses. She’s hoping to demystify sex work, pushing back against mainstream depictions of the profession. Most sex workers in Britain, she tells me, aren’t lavishly-paid call-girls or desperate women with no other option. I went to one of her classes to find out more.

There aren’t many events like this – what made you want to do this class?

Lauren Zoe: I’ve life-modelled predominantly for white male artists, and I didn’t have a great experience with it. I was sexually assaulted by an artist, and when I spoke to the police about it I was told that there was no point going through with it because I was naked. In my work with the Sex Worker Solidarity Society, I heard about similar experiences, and the idea for these classes developed from there. I’ve done various jobs, from certain types of sex work to life-modelling, being a secretary; all these jobs were performative and revolved around my femininity and sexuality. This idea that somebody being naked means they’re readily sexual for everyone else is an idea that needs to be undone, not just for sex-workers but in general.

“This idea that somebody being naked means they’re readily sexual for everyone else is an idea that needs to be undone” – Lauren Zoe

You say models shouldn’t necessarily be sexualised – how will that work in your class?

Lauren Zoe: Our models will be performing sexual acts, but the artists and the class members will not behave sexually towards those performers. There will be an understanding in the room that people can’t react sexually towards them. It will be still poses first, then either a striptease or a live cam show, and we’re deciding whether she’ll do some re-enactments of BDSM. That’d be quite a good variety of performances to experiment with.

What kind of performers have you got involved?

Lauren Zoe: Our first performer works as an escort, as a camgirl and as a pornstar. She does a lot of activism as well, she runs the SWSS. I like the idea of using people who won’t normally be used as life models… it’s kind of hard with the sex work performances, because I absolutely refuse to underpay a sex worker. That completely goes against what I’m trying to do. I’ll pay the performers as close as I can to the rate they would get for sex work.

Why is it so important for you that sex workers are paid a certain rate? Is it about legitimising it?

Lauren Zoe: It’s because it’s fair. I’m consuming their time that they could be using to work elsewhere. I don’t think any work should be cheapened for the sake of art. People see sex work either as something you do because you’re desperate or something you do because you’re greedy. They think it’s something they won’t do because of their values or morals. But shaming the worker for what they do and ignoring the difficulties workers face is a problem – it’s still work.

Has there been any negative feedback on it?

Lauren Zoe: Not on campus. But we do get people saying we shouldn’t be condoning sex work. A lot of those people aren’t based in the UK, so they come from countries where the politics surrounding sex work are different. We do like connecting with people abroad, and screen a lot of documentaries from other countries. But we do find that people from America, say, will inbox us and abuse us. But it doesn’t drag us down at all. The aim is to create an educational space where marginalised people can speak their minds. I think art should encourage that sort of personal development and self-expression. The class is intended for people who want to discuss their own experiences of gender, but also relax and have fun. It’ll be quite a diverse group.

Do you think the lack of funding for similar art shows a bit of a lack of care?

Lauren Zoe: I’d love it to be arts council-funded, but I don’t see that happening! I think the fact that it’s funded by individuals rather than supported by institutions shows a lack of respect. Even the SWSS shows have been funded through sex work, not via university funding. I think that spoke volumes.

 


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Stephanie Sarley. Erotic Genius.

So for my current project I am focusing on eroticism. I have been searing for some erotic artists and Staphanie Sarley I among one of my favorites! Before I started researching I had an image in my head of the work I wanted to produce and Sarleys work I believe will help me turn my thoughts and ideas into designs for my final collection.

Here are some of favorites;