“For the ladies of BMX.”
Yeah Zine, bmx magazine featuring and for the ladies of BMX. Created by professional BMX riders Nina Buitrago and Angie Marino.
“For many who spend their days typing at a keyboard or in a job with abstract goals, the level of satisfaction from learning a practical skill is a wonderful stress buster after an unfulfilled day.”
Alison Winfield-Chislett, founder of the Goodlife Centre, London, a really beautiful independent learning space, which offers practical workshops in DIY, Home Maintenance, Decorating, Upholstery, Woodwork & Carpentry, Furniture Upcycling & Restoration and various traditional hand Crafts. “The Goodlife Centre has been styled and equipped to be the workshop of Alison’s dreams.”
Alison has had a varied career, which brings a wide range of skills to the centre. Alison’s idea for teaching DIY began when she rented a community hall to provide a very succesful one-day basic DIY workshop - ‘Tools for the terrified’.
Alison has also co-authored ‘The Girl’s guide to DIY’ and authored ‘The Natural History of Umbracula‘, a quirky take on discarded umbrellas. We look forward to see what she will do next.
“When I created Buffy I wanted to create a female icon but I also wanted to be very careful to surround her with men who not only had no problem with the idea of a female leader but were actually engaged and attracted to the idea”
Joss Whedon, screenwriter, film and TV director and producer, comic book writer, composer and actor. Joss created a little known TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
You might be saying “Wait a minute, but he isn’t a woman!”.
However we decided that Joss should be featured here, as in our eyes his work makes him an ambassador for women’s equality. Joss’ work always features strong female characters and he’s quick to speak up when questioned about why he portrays females in this way - “How is it possible that this is even a question!?…Why aren’t you asking a hundred other guys why they don’t write strong women characters!? I believe what I’m doing should not be remarked upon let alone honoured.”
“The compassionate people aren’t going to chase you down, only the haters will do that.”
Amanda Palmer, aka Amanda Fucking Palmer, rock star performer and musician.
Amanda is seen is this video addressing the Daily Mail after they wrote an entire article about a wardrobe malfunction Amanda had on stage without a mention of her music or performance. Amanda definitely wins this round, although she shouldn’t have to - shame on you Daily Mail.
"My whole life has been one big adventure"
Casey Brown, professional downhill mountain biker, pictured taking the win in style at Crankworx’s whip-off world championships, as one of only 2 female contestants.
"She has no fear…and she just doesn’t fall off. She has incredible balance and her ability to judge the conditions and adjust is at a level I’ve never seen in someone her age." - 6 year old Quincy Symonds’ surf coach Anthony Pope.
Surfer Quincy has multiple sponsors although she has only been surfing for 18 months and has just turned 6. When Quincy’s not on the waves she’s skateboarding big bowls at her local skate park.
“Bike riding is freedom."
Jill Kintner, former professional BMX rider and Olympic medal winner and current professional 4X rider. Jill has competed and won at American National and World level in most gravity based bike disciplines; most recently taking the win at the Fox Air Downhill competition at Crankworx in Whistler Canada yesterday.
Jill is also creatively talented and designs most of the jersey’s that she wears - check out her art work here.
“Why I race has evolved over the years and although winning feels great, racing to me has become about the challenge of performing MY best at that moment in time. Whether it’s a local beer league race or a World Cup its just me, the track and that damn ticking clock. It’s the rewarding feeling of doing your best despite feeling good or bad. Whether I win or lose, I am not the best and I am not the worst. I am not even in between. I am that I performed my best under whatever circumstances.”
Claire Kovarik (née Buchar), professional downhill mountain biker with multiple Canadian national and world cup medals in her trophy cabinet and fresh from winning the Garbanzo Downhill at Crankworx in Whistler Canada yesterday. Claire also coaches mountain biking and works freelance as a graphic designer.
“I’m the kind of person that becomes totally obsessed with things and bikes turned out to be my greatest obsession.”
Juliet Elliott, former model and pro snowboarder with Burton snowboards. Juliet is now a sponsored cyclist and editor of the female focused adventure magazine Coven.
Just having one of these jobs would be impressive, Juliet Elliott certainly sets the bar high.
“To me living outside the box is kind of doing what you really want to do and trying to reach your dreams and try to do the best you can in your life and just don’t do like everyone else do like. If you want to go there just go, if you want to sing just sing and try to go as far as you can and try to live you dream to the fullest and live life to the max. I think people don’t do that enough.”
Justine Mauvin, professional longboard surfer, singer, songwriter and model. This girl sure knows how to live outside the box!
“a longboard is like a stage, your platform to showcase your skills and express how you feel. Everything slows down when you’re longboarding, this makes it easier to become inventive and creative.”
Candice O’Donnell, Professional Longboard surfer, artist and photographer.
“Come out and shred with us!!”
Women’s Freeride Movement are a group that unite female freeride mountain bike riders as an online community and organise women only freeride events. Check out their latest session at the Air Dome in Whistler Canada on 10th of August. Wish we could be there!
“I wanted something to keep me active when I went to University…I had done nothing beforehand to suggest I had great athletic potential, but I loved the lifestyle and people I met mountain biking.”
Catharine Pendrel, cross-country mountain bike world champion.
Catharine is just fresh from taking the Commonwealth Games gold at our local trail Cathkin Braes in Glasgow, Scotland.
“We believe in the Girl Effect and the power of investing in girls. If we do our part to keep girls in school, they will do the rest to transform their communities.”
The Amazing Maasai Girls Project, a non-profit organisation that provides secondary school education, through scholarships, for Maasai girls in rural Kenya, founded by Molly Fitzpatrick and Sarah Soulie. The organisation raises money through organising and running marathons - amazing!
“Before we opened I panicked that no-one would turn up but when I looked outside there was actually a queue of people.”
Fred Villain, Granny Would be Proud, vintage fair founder. 5 years later the fair now runs regularly at the Hillhead Bookclub in Glasgow, Scotland, 25 stalls and 80 sellers strong. With the number of stalls and selection of goods you’re sure to find something truly unique at an affordable price.