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Buy Doy Bags and support Phillipine women’s co-operatives!

April 10, 2008 Leave a comment

doy bags

Remember our article about how to make your own juice bag? A mookychick reader wrote in and told us that if you can’t be bothered to make your own but still have a concscience, you can buy cute juice bags from Doy Bags, a women’s co-operative in the Phillipines that makes these bags to get a respectable wage and stop thousands of juice bags from being burnt or buried. They even do banana ketchup bags!

Doy Bags! Fun chums! Yes indeed!

World of modern art draws female buyers…

April 10, 2008 1 comment

feminist artThe art world is being driven by a new generation of female collectors who are dominating the market and buying work by both established and up-and-coming artists. Figures from the Arts Council in England show 56 per cent of all contemporary art in the UK is now purchased by women.

Their interest has been galvanised by the high profile of young British artists such as Tracey Emin and Rachel Whiteread, while women’s magazines are giving more space to profiling some of the rising female stars of the art world.

The large number of women who run and own the nation’s art galleries, both public and private, has also been a factor.

There are up to a dozen wealthy female art collectors in the UK who have the means to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on a piece of contemporary art from galleries or fairs.

Patrick Elliott, the chief curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, said contemporary female artists had made a huge impact on the public consciousness in recent years.

“Twenty years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find many people on the street who could name a female contemporary artist. But people like Tracey Emin, with My Bed, which won the Turner Prize in 1999, or her rape video story of her teenage years, have really broadened the appeal, especially for adult women.

“We’re also moving away from the rather masculine environment of the Seventies when an art gallery would have an attractive girl at the front desk to catch the male client, after which the man in the back room would appear to clinch the deal.”

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