Like everyone, I’m trying my best. My business is relatively new, every step of the way is a huge learning curve, and I’m really trying to put a sustainable and ethical foot forward from the very beginning of the launch of the merchandise products that I’ve created, which I’m approaching in the following ways:Continue reading It’s time to change: Why as a small business owner, I’m trying to source sustainable and ethical products for my online store (and why I’m hoping other retailers do the same).
Is the LGBTQ+ Pride flag used commercially as a means to gentrify cities, or does it celebrate diversity? Regardless of whether you see the cultural appropriation of the LGBTQ+ Pride movement for commercial use as something positive or something negative, some urban theorists have actively encouraged creating a space that will attract LGBTQ+, with the intent of gentrifying the area.Continue reading Is the LGBTQ+ Pride flag used commercially as a means to gentrify cities, or to celebrate diversity?
So you want to support LGBTQ+? You’ve bought your bacon, lettuce and tomato rainbow flag sandwich from M&S, you’ve bought your apple with a rainbow flag sticker for lunch from Pink Lady, you’ve bought your coffee in a rainbow coloured coffee holder from Starbucks, you’ve bought your rainbow trainers from Nike, you’ve been there, you’ve spent your money, you’ve got the proverbial t-shirt (from adidas). And how do you feel now? Do you feel proud to be you? Proud to support the LGBTQ+ community? Do you feel proud to embrace the side of you, that doesn’t necessarily fit into the hetero-normative narrative that we all have to love the same way? Or do you feel like a few trans-national corporations have just burnt a large hole in your wallet, you’ve continued to contribute to the global capitalist economy, and you’re still afraid to kiss someone that’s the same gender as you in public, for fear of public shame and discrimination?Continue reading Pride flag: How useful is it see the rainbow LGBTQ+ Pride flag used on commercial logos and packaging?
About a year and a half after I lost my dad to cancer, and I find myself in a really good place in a lot of ways. I’m working in a field I love, I’m doing what I believe in, I’m campaigning for social change, and I’m really happy in a lot of ways.
But the fact is, grief sucks.Continue reading What’s it like to lose a parent, and be self-employed?
This painting represents about how I feel about bisexuality now, and LGBTQ+ love is definitely included in this. The painting was initially titled ‘Happy Bisexuality Visibility Day’ and was released on social media on this day, 23rd September, 2020.Continue reading ‘Bi love’ from the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range
I chose to include a painting set in a club in the UK in the 2000s as I felt that as a teenager and young adult, club scenes felt like there was a particular kind of intensity around 1.) what you looked like, and 2.) who you had feelings for. From memory (I stopped going to these kinds of places a while ago, although I respect people that still go), the clubs that I attended (these tended to be varied, but never specifically ‘gay’ or ‘lgbtq’ clubs) were never spaces where people were openly anything other than heterosexual.Continue reading ‘Who do I sit with?’ from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series – set in a night club in the 2000s
Anna Frances explores further why she thinks seeing someone ‘like you’ in the culture around you, effects how you see yourself, and also can effect how you see others.Continue reading Why is representation and seeing others ‘like you’ in the culture around you important, especially when growing up?
As part of my Bristol Art Tour, I visited the former site of Edward Colston memorial on Colston Avenue, Bristol, which is now an empty plinth (you can watch my video here). The statue was removed by protestors, following race related protests worldwide which were sparked by worldwide outrage at the murder of George Floyd in the US in May 2020. The protests were peaceful, and the statue was disposed of in the Bristol Harbourside, in the River Avon.Continue reading Bristol Art Tour: ‘Empty Plinth’ – the former site of the Edward Colston memorial, Colston Avenue, Bristol
About the artist, poet, blogger, holistic healer and entrepreneur Anna Frances 🏳️🌈✨💖🥰Continue reading About Anna Frances
Artist Anna Frances shares why she LOVES the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range, (and why you will too).
1.) Each design is from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series that I’ve created, which helps to promote Bisexuality bisibility and LGBTQ+ visibility more broadly.
Why I love it: I think representation around LGBTQ+ communities and Bisexuality communities is urgently needed, and I think that art is a really important way to address that.Continue reading 5 reasons why I LOVE the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range (and why you will too)