Masculinity in Bond Villains: The reference of homosexuality by ‘queer-coded’ male characters as a tool for violence and manipulation in 007 – does it have to be this way?

In this blog, I will look at how queer-coded masculinity is portrayed in the villains in James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) directed by Martin Campbell and Skyfall directed by Sam Mendes (2012). In particular I will look at La Chiffre in Casino Royale (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and Raoul Silva in Skyfall (played byContinue reading “Masculinity in Bond Villains: The reference of homosexuality by ‘queer-coded’ male characters as a tool for violence and manipulation in 007 – does it have to be this way?”

Why did I choose watercolour painting as the artistic medium of choice for the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series?

For me it was an easy decision to paint with watercolour in the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series, for a lot of different reasons. I think for me, I was drawn to watercolour paint in particular because of its fluid and subtle nature, giving the artist infinite ways to explore colour, from its mostContinue reading “Why did I choose watercolour painting as the artistic medium of choice for the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series?”

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).

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:

‘Bi love’ from the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range

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.

‘Who do I sit with?’ from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series – set in a night club in the 2000s

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 goingContinue reading “‘Who do I sit with?’ from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series – set in a night club in the 2000s”

Why is representation and seeing others ‘like you’ in the culture around you important, especially when growing up?

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.

5 reasons why I LOVE the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range (and why you will too)

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+ communitiesContinue reading “5 reasons why I LOVE the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range (and why you will too)”