Thursday, November 29, 2012

Am I a feminazi? Probably.

The ANC Women's League recently stated that 'they do not consider themselves feminists.' Well I'm South African (where the ANC is in power) and I'm a woman so this affects me. And for them I have a very eloquent response: wtf? Angie Motshekga, you are meant to be on my side. You are supposed to be my voice in government, the voice of our gender. And when you reject the movement that gave us our rights in the first place, it makes me want to punch a hole in the wall.

Buying into this outdated view of what being a feminist entails is lazy and irresponsible. So since feminism seems to be becoming more and more uncool, here are my reasons for defending it...

Why I am a feminist:

- Because blogs like Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street exist (Tagline: The sexy side of protesting corruption)
- Because I have been asked if going to an all-girls school makes you bitchy, as if being in close confines is the equivalent of feeding gremlins after midnight
- Because my family assumes that I will get married and have kids, and I think that's a decision and not a default
- Because I have had a guy come on to me, me reject him, and then see him tweet that 'It isn't easy to find the right girl, and the right girl won't be easy. #Truth'
- Because I'm sick of old men talking about my uterus
- Because American Apparel ads exist
- Because women don't want to be called feminists, but believe in being treated equally by men. Erm?
- Because my first instinct when I meet a woman is to judge her, and a man to flirt with him
- Because stats say that we engage in about 10 hours of media consumption a day...and almost all of it makes money out of giving us reasons to hate ourselves
- Because (and it's an old example, but still true) a woman who is celibate is a prude and a woman who enjoys sex is a slut
- Because I'm sick of people saying that 'Nobody's going to buy the cow if they get the milk for free' (Oh shock oh horror, to end up an old maid!)
- Because men are not all chauvinist pigs, and to assume that they are and acquiesce to that is doing both genders a disservice
- Because girls feel the need to hide their intelligence around potential boyfriends
- Because talking about my gender in a derogatory way lets me be a part of the 'boy's club' and gives me male attention that I have been taught to crave
- Because I meet men who are more comfortable with calling themselves feminists than some women
- Because guys constantly talk about having sexual feelings, but girls must hide and be ashamed of any sexual desire they might have (Bring up the topic of masturbation with a girl and a guy and see what I mean)
- Because when outdated prejudices and policies infringe on one's right to build the life that they want, it is NOT OK. And you don't get to remove yourself from the debate, it's too big for that.

Why you should be too:

- Because you can be a feminist and STILL be sexy, feminine, fabulous...whatever those words mean. You can wear red lipstick or no make-up, shave everything or nothing...and still believe that no one gets to assume anything about you based on those choices.
- Because hairy-legged vegetarian cat-lovers are not going to camp out on your lawn until you become one of them. We're too busy making organic lentil bread.
- And on the other side, it doesn't mean that just because you want to get married and pregnant that you are not a valid part of the debate.

To me, feminism is about doing your thing and not letting people give you shit about it.
Now who could be against that?

Go to Who Needs Feminism for other answers (Spoiler alert: We All Do!)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Quick Red Fox is live :)

After hours of uploading, logo fiddling and coding...I finally have my portfolio up!
Click here if you'd like to have a look :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


What will get rid of this crappy feeling?

1. Sleep?
2. Alcohol?
3. Losing weight?
4. Moving away?
5. Getting a job?
6. Finishing my degree?
7. Finding love?
8. Moving out?
9. Succeeding?
10. Meds?
11. Therapy?
12. Not being such a bitch?
13. Being more of a bitch?
14. Passive-aggressive tweeting?
15. Painting?
16. Self-help books?
17. Talking to a friend?
18. Tattoos?
19. Cat gifs?
20. All of the above?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bitches be voting

On Tuesday night, I couldn't sleep. I was so excited to find out the results of the American election that I woke up at 7 to watch Sky News. (This may not seem early to most of you, but I am lazy) I was OVERJOYED that Obama won, literally could not stop smiling all day. Which may seem weird, considering I am South African and according to many friends' facebook statuses, the US election has very little to do with me.

I disagree. The reason why I am so excited about the result is that it shows how previously oppressed groups have taken their power back, and this sets a precedent for the rest of the world.

A lesson for the Republican party: if you ignore the rights of women, gay people, the poor and ethnic minorities...WE NOTICE. And in the words of Tyler Durden...

Til next time...xx

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Friday, October 12, 2012

Why body-shamers can eff right off

Yesterday I received my monthly Marie Claire in the post (the only women's magazine worth reading imho), and here's the first insert that fell out...

This prompted me to write a response...

Dear Planet Fitness

Thank you so much for your concern over my body. Why, just this morning I was contemplating how I could possibly feel worse about myself, and then you came along! For years I've been wondering why all my skinny friends want to sit next to me on the beach, and now I know. Thank you for pointing this out to me, for a moment there I thought I was living a normal life as a *GASP* overweight woman!

I'm sure whatever ad agency conceptualised this ad thought it was hilarious. I guarantee that whoever wrote it has never struggled with being overweight. Now I know, I know, it's just so much fun to laugh at the fat kids. Kinda reminds you of that false sense of entitlement you had in junior school right? Well since the fat kids might be interested in going to a gym (we like to go and be fat in public, INCONSIDERATE right?!) maybe it's time to rethink your strategy.

Please allow me the honour of spending my money on your gym, it's just not summer unless I'm being made to feel like a beached whale on a pilates ball.

Love and cake, Mich xxx

This kind of direct marketing is exactly why I will be staying put at Virgin Active. Their latest ad campaign (that's been going for ages now) makes me happy every time I walk into the gym. Because it is such a spot-on human truth, we all really do have our stuff. Mine might be a food addiction and someone else's might be an undereating disorder. One is not superior to the other, we are both just doing the best we can to overcome it and feel at home in our bodies. And I really appreciate that being acknowledged by a space generally known for body-shaming; the gym.

Anyone out there not 100% happy with their body (so everyone then?), a little less shame and a little more compassion makes all the difference.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If you're less antisocial than me

Then go to Gigham, a new events listing website.
I'm a big fan of their quirky tweets and facebook updates, here are a few...


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Too much talent

LOVE this video collaboration between Paul Senyol, Justin SoutheyBruce Mackay and Searle Street Post. These three guys are some of the most talented local creatives I've ever seen, can't wait for the exhibition!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Just my type

We had a typography workshop a few weeks ago, where we had to choose a poem and express it typographically. I chose Not Waving But Drowning by Stevie Smith. The first four frame are type only, and the next four include imagery...


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lomo love

I recently bought myself a Diana F+...very hipster I know. 
I took my first shots in Pringle Bay during the holiday...I love the moody tones that were captured.
The film I used was Colour Slide X-Pro 200, and I had it cross-processed.

Kath on the rocks

Multiple exposures of views from the beach

 Left the bloody Splitzer on! Still like what's going on tho.

Multiple exposures on the beach

Double exposure with David and Kath

David and Kath, with yellow filter on flash

Double exposure with Claire and Sean

View from the house



The tote bags I designed for Bow Peep are featured on House and Leisure's item of the day!

And in this month's Fairlady :)

Yay! xx

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Things have been a bit hectic varsity-wise lately. In a month I'll have lots of final work to show you, but in the meantime here are a couple of sketches.

I've been working with the body a lot this year. I find myself fascinated by the themes of disease, fever and death. These were some self-portraits done in 3 parts: first, a watercolour representation of how I imagine the inside of my body, then a graphic representation, and finally an ink drawing of my body from my perspective. All a work in progress...

Monday, May 14, 2012


I've been such a fail with blogging lately...honours, freelancing and trying to maintain something that resembles a life has really taken it's toll! Lauren had the same problem so I'm borrowing this questionnaire from her :)

What was the first book that made you cry?
It was either The Little Princess, when the dad doesn't recognise his daughter, or Charlotte's Web. My mom still talks about The Weekend when I read that Charlotte had died.

What are your three favourite things?
Design/ Illustration, laughing and loved ones.
When have you performed for a crowd? 
I'm really not a performer. Last time I was on a stage was reading a poem I wrote for the English Alive book launch. In Grade 11. What a nerd!

What goal have you given up on? 
Being married by 23? (That's me joking.) All the goals I have now I'm still busy working towards. 

What is your favourite condiment?
Balsamic vinegar makes my soul happy.

If you could have lunch with anyone living who would it be?
Stefan Sagmeister.

Cards or board games?
A bit of both...Drinking Uno is always a winner. I love Pictionary and 30 seconds...but Monopoly makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Sorry Kez.

What was the last thing you got for free?
I won herb scissors and a gardening book from Yuppiechef :) I'm obsessed with competitions!

What was the last peaceful day you had?
Far too long ago!

Who is the best living guitar player?
I don't know. But the one I love the most is Guy Buttery.

What is your favourite Disney Movie?
Little Mermaid because she's the only ranga princess. Alice in Wonderland is a close second.

What is the most enjoyable thing your family has done together?
So many things. Our trips to the UK and Thailand were amazing!

Do you have any brothers or sisters?
2 brothers, David and Sean. David is a genius studying Chemical Engineering. Sean is fluent in Xhosa and wants to be a teacher in the townships. I'm so proud of both of them! 

If you could be given ANY gift what would it be?
An around-the-world ticket! 

What is your favourite TV show of all time ie you've seen them all, can watch it over and over again and quote lines from it?
True Blood and Scrubs!

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
I like my name, it can stay. But I would probably choose something more in line with my heritage. For instance, my mom's name is Ceridwen which is Welsh for 'Poetess'.

Whats the worst/most embarrassing CD/Album you've ever owned and do you still have it? 
So, so many. I had all the Steps albums (way past when they were actually cool) and can still sing most of their songs.

What would be your dream vehicle?
A baby aeroplane! My uncle is an amateur pilot and I love flying with him.

What characteristic do you dislike about yourself?
I tend to get very jealous.
What did you want to be when you were little and do you think you ever will be?
I wanted to be an astronaut when I was little...I don't think thats going to happen tho. But I've always loved art, and I love being a designer now.

What’s the next planned event you're looking forward to in your life?
My varsity holiday!

What was your favourite toy as a child?
Ratty Tatty, my woollen rat. Possibly the strangest childhood toy but I loved him!

When was the last time you cried laughing and why?
With Taz and Em...remembering the time Emma dressed up as a gorilla and was hit on the head with a pole. No time to explain...

What is stashed under your bed/mattress?
All my old design work.

What are you really afraid of?
Turning 40 and stil be waiting for my life to begin. (I saw this on a postsecret once and it absolutely terrified me)


(Illustration by the ever-wonderful Marc Johns)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

This week's motto

Edible poster by Anna Garforth (lovelovelove her work)

Friday, April 6, 2012


Leila and I recently made tote bags :) I'm really excited about them, have a look...

They're available from Bow Peep and Cloak and Dagger.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy days

A belated happy 1st birthday to Bow Peep!
Well done Leila on all your success, I'm sure there's much more to come!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Game of Thrones Season 2 is finally coming out April 1st!
If you're not excited, then you need to watch this trailer.
 Game of Thrones + Florence and the Machine makes me a very happy girl.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


(Courtesy of the amazing Lizzy Stewart)

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Really needed to read this this week. It's so frustrating when the ideas in your head just don't translate.
Good to know I'm not alone!

Friday, February 24, 2012


So in love with this woman. Her style, voice, lyrics, everything.

Watch the video below, it's my favourite...