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The Beautiful Lives of Black and Brown Trans people in the UK
August 02, 2021

The Beautiful Lives of Black and Brown Trans people in the UK

blkmoodyboi is a Non-binary trans self-taught illustrator that centers Black and Brown trans people in their art. Inspired by comics, anime, friends, and community, blkmoodyboi crafts their own unique style. Through their work, they aim to showcase love, tenderness, and softness as a form of radical resistance against white cis-het patriarchal capitalism. 

In April 2021, The Big Draw announced its first ever digital residencies. blkmoodyboi was one of the five artists selected with their brilliant proposal Blind Faith. Blind Faith is an illustrated anthology series featuring the stories of six Trans people of colour in the UK. This anthology will serve as an archive that platforms the voices of people of colour with a trans experience, their stories, thoughts and lives.

It was wonderful to catch up with blkmoodyboi to talk about Blind Faith, and find out more about their heritage and inspiration. They also shared greater insight into their experience navigating their identity as a non-binary trans person of colour within the artistic world.

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Finding my way: Interview with Natalie d’Arbeloff
August 02, 2021

Finding my way: Interview with Natalie d’Arbeloff

Natalie d’Arbeloff was born in Paris of French and Russian parents and raised in France, South America, Europe and the USA, settling in London in the mid-1960s. She is a painter, printmaker, book-artist, cartoonist and writer, and has also taught and lectured in England and the USA - a true polymath! Her work has been widely exhibited and is in public collections internationally including the British Library, the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and many other institutions.  

Alongside painting and printmaking, Natalie has written three art teaching books and created many limited edition and one-of-a-kind artists books. A retrospective exhibition of her artist’s bookworks was held at the Museum of the Book in The Hague in 1992. At a Laydeez Do Comics event in 2019 she was awarded the Rosalind B. Penfold Award for a graphic novel-in-progress by an artist over 50.

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Comics, fairytales & gender bias: Interview with Karrie Fransman
June 01, 2021

Comics, fairytales & gender bias: Interview with Karrie Fransman

Karrie Fransman is a graphic novellist, visual storyteller and comic creator. She tells stories in books, newspapers, animations, sculptures, on Ipads and in virtual reality, and her comics strips and graphic stories have been published in The Guardian, The Times, and The Telegraph - to name a few! Her latest illustrated book, ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales’ was co-created with her husband Jonathan Plackett, published by Faber & Faber, and uses a simple but extremely effective algorithm to explore and unpick gender bias.

We couldn't wait to catch up with Karrie and talk more about her life, work and love of comics - and also find out more about her latest book...

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