Sadly, these dogs, although very fashionable, are not eligible for participation in my research.
I’m now at the point in my PhD research where I am looking for interview participants!
If you are a woman with a mobility impairment and would like to take part in my study exploring clothing, fashion, disability and identity please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking for anyone who identifies as female and as someone with a mobility impairment. Impairments can be visible or invisible, from birth or acquired, medically diagnosed or undiagnosed. I’m looking for a diverse group of women to interview and although the project is focused on clothing and fashion you don’t have to be! You must however, be over the age of 18 to take part in the study.
Interviews can take place either face-to-face (I’m based in London, UK) or over Skype/Facetime. I will also consider conducting interviews via email if you feel this is more suitable for you. Interviews will last between 40 minutes and an hour and will be recorded. All data will be anonymised and stored on an encrypted hard drive. This research has been approved by the University of the Arts London ethics committee.
I need one participant by the end of this year. I’m aiming to conduct the rest of the interviews between January-May 2015.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been lucky enough to work on Doll Hospital, a new art and literature print journal focusing on mental health. Issue one of the journal is now complete and features contributions from people such as Tavi Gevinson (Rookie), Latoya Peterson (Racialicious), Kate Zambreno (author of Green Girl and Heroines) and many more (including…ahem…myself).
It was an honour to be involved in helping create this beautiful journal. I believe it provides an important space for often marginalised voices to discuss openly their experiences of mental health and wellbeing, as well as being a platform for many talented artists and writers.
You can find out more about Doll Hospital on its Tumblr page.
We also have a Kickstarter campaign to help with printing costs. If you are able to donate, you can do so here.
[Illustration by Alyssa Nassner]
What I’ve been reading in the last week (or so):
Rival Reflection: Expanding the Male Ideal (Herringbone)
Dr Ben Barry and Daniel Drak of Ryerson University explore men’s body image and the need for more diversity in the types of male bodies we see in fashion. (p.40)
A Girl Trying To End Disability Stigma With Her Purple Cane, And Our Help (Bust)
Liz Jackson (AKA The Girl With The Purple Cane) wants clothing store J.Crew to start selling assistive devices to combat the stigma associated with them.
Heil Hipster: The Young Neo-Nazis Trying to Put a Stylish Face on Hate (Rolling Stone)
In-depth article exploring how neo-nazis are co-opting hipster culture in an attempt to appeal to young people.
How One Deaf Man and Two Pals With Cerebral Palsy Got Down at Bonnaroo (Vice)
Thinking of going to a festival? Here’s the experiences of three disabled people (spoiler: the accessible toilets are still terrible)
I was lucky enough to be part of a panel at the Gender and Disability conference on 10th May, hosted by the Gender Research Network at University of Sheffield and the Disability Research Forum at Sheffield Hallam University.
Along with Mathy Selvakumaran (University of Sheffield), I discussed things such as stereotypes, beauty norms, body image, clothing and the idea of disabled bodies as public bodies.
It was a really great panel to be a part of, which created some good discussion and questions from the audience.
You can listen to it here (clink link)
Alternatively, if you would like to read the notes from my part of the presentation, you can email me and I’ll send them to you (email address on the contact page)
When I attended the Better Lives lecture on ableism in fashion at the London College of Fashion last Tuesday, the speakers were all in agreement that these discussions seem to be cyclical — that every now and again we will see disabled models used in fashion shoots or on the runway, with lots of coverage in the media only for things to end there and repeat a few years later. As Michael Shamash put it, “I feel like I’ve been writing about the same thing for fifteen years.”
Read more at The Style Con