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Once again, we kind of find ourselves desperate. Unexpected bills and expenses keep cropping up, and we’re still at a point where we’re trying to figure out how to both pay rent and eat, let alone worrying about other bills.

So…I’m asking for help, and trying not to feel like the biggest failure on the face of the planet for doing so.

I’m a graphic designer available for freelance work — you can look at my portfolio if you want to see my work or just contact me about any project you might want me to help out with. I charge per project based on your needs, usually ask for half up front and half within 14 days of payment, though I’m pretty flexible.

I’m also an artist who specializes in portrait illustrations and hand-lettering (as you can see). You can buy prints of my artwork (along with T-shirts, notecards, mugs, etc.) at my shop, request a print of anything I’ve drawn, or commission me to create artwork specifically for you. For lettering jobs, I typically charge $200+shipping for the design. This gets you a custom design and a print mailed to you, and I retain the rights of the design to sell prints on my shop if I want to.

Alternatively, if you’d rather just donate money, we’re honestly at a point where I won’t argue (even though I’ll feel hella guilty and panicky). You can do that by going to my site, scrolling to the footer and clicking the “Show Support” button.

Just…anything you can do to help would mean so, so, so much.

This is a good friend of mine. She’s amazing, and I’ve used her for all my design needs.


Intricate Handmade Fantasy Creatures by Ellen Jewett

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Born in Markham, Canada, Ellen Jewett took to shaping three-dimensional forms naturally at a young age. To Ellen, sculpting has always been about life, biological narratives and cultural statements. The tedious hours of labor act as the mysterious foundation from which each of her sculptures’ personality springs forth.

In 2007 Ellen completed her post secondary education with a degree in Biological Anthropology and Art Critique from McMaster University. She had already started Creatures from El in 2005 and upon graduation plunged into it full-time.

Ellen continues to supplement her knowledge with professional courses and apprenticeships. She aspires to pursue graduate work in anthrozoology whilst maintaining her life as a studio artist.

Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.

In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:

“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.

PBS: Language as Prejudice - Myth #6: Women Talk Too Much (via misandry-mermaid)
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