This is the second annual Loose Garments Images Speak month! Last year We asked for original artwork submissions of what you envision when you think “Woman,” and many responded! All images on our Images Speak Page been created by Loose Garments fans, who are women (and men) just like you. Images are only accepted during January each year and can include photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, or anything really.
Please submit your artwork to LooseGarments@gmail.com
We love the name of this piece created by Kyra Morris, and are touched by it. “Stain” is painted with red acrylic on canvas, and brings about feelings of both happiness and suffering. There is something about the combination of colors, the woman’s expression, and it name “Stain” that really leaves an emotional mark.
Check out the submitted pieces of art, and discover how to exhibit your work by visiting our page Images Speak.
Artist Rebecca L. Boyer was the first to submit an original piece titled “Monica,” made with pastels on colored paper. Find out more about Rebecca’s art, and discover how to exhibit your work, by visiting Images Speak: What is a Woman.
We are thrilled and delighted to have a new talented, dynamic and awesome contributor! Kate Pittman is an animator and graphic designer who currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. Kate is already an inspiration and powerful voice to a following she has generated via her personal blog: This is Not a Diet Kate is a Feminist and want’s to do her part in the fight for Women’s Rights, and she is. Kate will be writing primarily about women and women’s issues in current events, media and pop culture (and we know there are a lot!). Kate’s articles may at some times be controversial, but this is why we here at Loose Garments, love her! Kate is unfiltered, true, speaks from her heart and has something substantial to say, all you have to do is read…
More to Life than Thin and Pretty, by Kate Pittman
Let’s get one thing straight: I did not set out to lose weight because I thought it would make my life better to be thinner. Being fat never held me back from living my life.
I never had trouble finding a date in my twenties, despite my weight. In fact, I would say I am quite pleased when I look back at the range of men I dated during my “wild years.” I did have trouble in this area as a teenager, but that quickly passed when I moved out of my small judgmental town and into bigger more diverse cities.
Being fat didn’t stop me from going out on my own at a younger age than normal, supporting myself and finding my independence. It didn’t stop me from making hard choices for myself and looking out for my best interests. It didn’t stop me from escaping a bad family situation, the likes of which most people do not escape from unscathed.
I made my own path. I dropped out of college after the first try because it wasn’t right and I didn’t go back until I was 25. When I did go back, it was on my own terms and it was right. I gave it everything I had and graduated with honors and the coveted Best Portfolio of my class.
I was hired at an excellent and well-paying job before I even graduated and have been working and succeeding beyond anyone’s expectations ever since. I currently make more money than any of my friends who graduated from Ivy League schools several years before me.
I am in a 5 year relationship with a man I love. I would call him my soul mate if I believed in such a concept. We would be married if either of us believed in marriage. I am child-free by choice.
I did all of that while carrying an extra 120 pounds. Being obese doesn’t mean you lay down and die. It doesn’t mean you have no life. It doesn’t mean you can’t find love, have a career, be a success, or be a party animal. It doesn’t make you worthless or invisible. Being obese, for me, was an inconvenience, not a barrier to life.
It bothers me to no end when I hear women say “If I was thin, I would ___” I want to say, “What’s stopping you?!” Or when they say “No man is interested in me because I can’t lose this 5 pounds.” Girl, please. It has nothing to do with your weight. It’s all in the attitude. Personally, I wouldn’t want to be with someone who was only interested in me physically anyway.
Now that I have lost an extreme amount of weight, I understand that of course everyone is going to notice. Everyone will notice that I’m wearing cuter clothes and just generally looking “more attractive” in terms of what is socially ideal. Men who never noticed I existed are suddenly finding reasons to say hello to me. Cute, put-together women all the sudden want to be my friend. This might all sound great to someone, but it is very frustrating to me.
I am so much more than what I look like. There are so many more interesting things about me. If you didn’t want to be my friend or my lover when I was overweight- I am not interested in knowing you now. And if, god forbid, you are the type of person who makes fun of overweight people, please, do not do so in my presence. If you insult them, you insult me. And I’m in shape now. You can run, but I will catch you!
Losing a lot of weight brings to the forefront of my attention just how much we are judged by our outward appearances. I know there’s nothing to be done about it. If anything, the focus on appearance only becomes more prevalent as time goes by. Plastic surgery, once shunned as a taboo, is completely normal. It is completely normal to cut yourself open and sew yourself back up in the name of vanity. Doesn’t this bother anyone else?
Some days I feel like I might be the only woman on earth who has decided not to swallow the “Be thin and Be happy, You aren’t good enough the way you are” myth. Some days, I feel like it is unacceptable for me to just say “I am fine the way I am. I do not need to lose any more weight, have perkier breasts, or firmer thighs. Yes, I have cellulite and stretch marks but so what? I’m healthy, and that’s good enough for me.” But I am going to keep saying it anyway.
Because there’s so much more to life than being thin and pretty.
This book is chock full of some awesome and provocative female artists. Their work is relevant, significant and different than much of what’s been shown in the male-dominated art world for so long. Keep in mind this book was published in 2005. One of the more familiar artists in this book (who happens to be very current and prevalent in the art world presently) is Marina Abramovic’. She has been a controversial and established talent for a lengthy time now. Marina most recently had a show at the MoMA, “The Artist is Present.”
Rineke Dijkstra is a very interesting and prolific photographer that takes mainly portraits of young children/teenagers and miraculously captures the awkwardness, the evanescence and slightly sad coming of age in these kids. Her aesthetic is marvelously uncomfortable yet simplistic and minimal. In that particular series she shot on the beach with flash during daylight so nothing of these people’s insecurities can be hidden, it’s all very open and evident but still easy to take in. In this book the first photograph that we are shown in Rineke’s profile is of a young woman who obviously just gave birth and is still in the hospital and she is shot in only her throw away underwear with one of those huge pads to soak up blood (I know I’ve been there it’s not a “pretty” sight) and holding her new child with a very proud semblance. It’s great!
*Just a few other women that caught my eye while scanning this book again after a while are (and mark my words, every single woman represented in this book are amazingly talented artists);
It seems there is a surge in displaying and exhibiting female artists, especially in NYC. Finally. The art world has been and still is male dominated since the begging of time. There are more and more exhibits, museums and publications however, trying to change that. People like to limit and label female artists as “feminists” which is not true at all. There are those of course but women artists touch on subject matter in a much different light than men do or on subject matter period, that men haven’t touched upon. It’s abstract but very tangible at the same time. Nan Goldin is a great example of this and she sometimes photographs some rather dark worlds, but with beauty and empathy where many a men have photographed the same thing however it seems perverse and horrifying because that is the perspective they see it from. This is not say anything against male artists, it’s rather an example of how women contributing to the art world can broaden our perspectives and emotions and tolerance.