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Self portrait as SICKNASTY by ludicrouslouisa Self portrait as SICKNASTY :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 0 1 Opulence that watches you by ludicrouslouisa Opulence that watches you :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 19 7 The Most Famous Painting Ever by ludicrouslouisa The Most Famous Painting Ever :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 16 9 The Cracked Teapot by ludicrouslouisa The Cracked Teapot :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 5 2 Abandoned Trinkets: Skull Life by ludicrouslouisa Abandoned Trinkets: Skull Life :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 1 1 YE SHALL NOT PASS by ludicrouslouisa YE SHALL NOT PASS :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 1 0 Autumnal Waistcoat by ludicrouslouisa Autumnal Waistcoat :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 17 4 Highland Fling by ludicrouslouisa Highland Fling :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 1 1
Gender Binary
Recently I realised I wasn’t a proper woman. Everything that was taken for granted as being female, didn’t seem to fit. But at the same time I didn’t completely identify with the idea of a “typical” male. I appreciate that these are just stereotypes, but there’s truth in stereotypes. I have decided I am biologically female but essentially..have no gender.
This might be hard for you to understand, it was definitely hard for some people to understand when I’d talked about it to them! It never dawned on me that “the average person” never wondered about what it would be like to be the opposite gender, or was discontented with their birth gender, that they didn’t feel 100% female or male.
I’ll clarify, I feel more like a female, I am biologically female (even if I probably won’t be using the female bits for reproductive purposes!) and I never thought I was male. I do not have gender dysphoria.
From a young age, however, I realised
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Weird Kid Stock by ludicrouslouisa Weird Kid Stock :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 3 1 OTT victorian dress by ludicrouslouisa OTT victorian dress :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 4 8 Wagon Kaleidescope by ludicrouslouisa Wagon Kaleidescope :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 1 3 Cannot Be Explained by ludicrouslouisa Cannot Be Explained :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 2 6 And you smiled for a second.. by ludicrouslouisa And you smiled for a second.. :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 13 7 How To Disappear Completely by ludicrouslouisa How To Disappear Completely :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 6 4 Black Dog by ludicrouslouisa Black Dog :iconludicrouslouisa:ludicrouslouisa 48 6


? by LadyLaReina ? :iconladylareina:LadyLaReina 1,555 240 White Rabbit by silvergrey White Rabbit :iconsilvergrey:silvergrey 1,938 211 Yunho. , a collaboration by Jaejoong Yunho. , a collaboration :iconjaejoong:Jaejoong 101 63 Hot Air by HannahCombs Hot Air :iconhannahcombs:HannahCombs 1,620 101 Quechua 6 by jeffdkennel Quechua 6 :iconjeffdkennel:jeffdkennel 689 60 She Dreams by welcometothegray She Dreams :iconwelcometothegray:welcometothegray 2,963 203 Leopard Lacewing - male 270509 by inckurei Leopard Lacewing - male 270509 :iconinckurei:inckurei 135 26 In Motion by LightFromTheWest In Motion :iconlightfromthewest:LightFromTheWest 154 16 Peacock Portrait by thrumyeye Peacock Portrait :iconthrumyeye:thrumyeye 326 23 Zoe Peet 4 by lloydhughes Zoe Peet 4 :iconlloydhughes:lloydhughes 424 27 Black Veined Whites by Meneerofongeveer Black Veined Whites :iconmeneerofongeveer:Meneerofongeveer 147 47 Forgiveness by cryslara Forgiveness :iconcryslara:cryslara 20,621 1,087 Daily Life by Ennokni Daily Life :iconennokni:Ennokni 50,683 5,445 Carousel by SachaKalis Carousel :iconsachakalis:SachaKalis 7,586 323 Bluebell Woods by thrumyeye Bluebell Woods :iconthrumyeye:thrumyeye 661 56 Dancer Stock 11 by GloomWriter Dancer Stock 11 :icongloomwriter:GloomWriter 98 14



Louisa Giffard
Current Residence: Canberra, ACT
Favourite genre of music: Indie rock
Favourite style of art: realism
Operating System: Mac OS Leopard
Favourite cartoon character: asterix!
Personal Quote: "You eat peanuts with the shells on! People only do that in cartoons!
  • Listening to: Paperfaces - Feeder
  • Reading: The Tiger in the World - Philip Pullman
  • Drinking: bile that I spew up in rage at textiles teachers
Well...I know I complained about art school a few months ago. It settled down, I managed and I started to enjoy it. I had to do two textiles projects, I had three days of class time for each and I got them done quite well I think.

I went to my textiles assessment and I was very upset by the end of it. I pinned my work up and all the textiles teachers looked at it. They had a few positive things to say about my ideas, but overall I got quite a negative impression. One teacher, who had NEVER taught me before, said brutally that she didn't think I had the commitment to do textiles, and wondered if I were doing a double degree (as surely I'd done so LITTLE :S that only other uni commitments could possibly explain it..)
Now...I admit that I am not great at visual diaries, I do my best but in the end I think that the work is more important than a ridiculous manifesto about it. The teachers complained that I didn't do enough drawing (what drawing..I bet they'd complain about irrelevant drawing if that was what I'd filled my diary with!), enough experimentation (so what, 50 crappy half finished "experiments" is more worthwhile than doing two good, finished projects?), enough research, or enough writing. I'm doing my best, and I actually don't think it would be any more possible for me to do more work without sacrificing the rest of my life. One girl I know stays up until THREE every morning just to do all the freaking work they expect! I already did so much work I got RSI and the skin on my hands started to crack...
The head of textiles said that I needed to go to more exhibitions and lectures (oh really, when..I do 35 hours of uni a week and I sure as hell don't want to donate my precious weekends to exhibition hopping!) and also if I didn't do enough experimentation my work would be worthless as there was no foundation for it to rest on.

Aaarghhhh! I actually don't know if I can stand two and a half years more work if they're going to be that demanding. I probably am overreacting, as apparently they were just as mean to everyone else...but I do very much feel like taking up the offer of the printmaking and drawing teacher, of changing courses. I love textiles  but I'm a jack of all trades and can surely try my hand at something else...especially if the teachers are going to expect me to be some sort of textiles slave. I'm sorry, but I refuse to donate the rest of my life to the noble cause of natural fibres, or whatever.

I think in a way textiles as an art form cultivates a  bit of an inferiority complex in the artists, because textiles has always been considered a mere CRAFT instead of a proper art form so they expect us to be complete wankers about the stuff we make, just so we can get noticed.

If anyone else at ANU had such a crap experience at review, please tell me..are the teachers of the other workshops as mean?

Oh and I promised a musical interlude for you. Well..naturally I'm a massive camwhore as you may well know, although I do my best to make the videos and photos I make at least partially worthwhile. This is "The Great Male Vocalist Imitation Roundup' in which I go through my music collection and imitate several male vocalists. Enjoy.…


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eunichang Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're SO GOOD at all kinds of sewings, my friend! :D I'm IMPRESSED!
MJBeatle Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
I used your horse pattern [link]
Pixel-Mutt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you have commissions for your felt horses?
ClawsOfSteel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you lasted on dA longer than I did.
Noodlerelleh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
Hello fellow Australian ^_^ Hope you don't mind the watch...
darkerperspective Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
very beautiful horses!!
DarrinIthamar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Hi! I used your horse plush tutorial to make a pegasus. Awesome tutorial, by the way. :D

PocketChibisAndSuch Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Hi there! I tried using your horse pattern and made a fabulous unicorn!
It was a lot of fun to make. X3
ludicrouslouisa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
That is pretty damn amazing :D I'm glad you found it useful.
poppidoll Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009   Photographer
You've been featured in my journal!!! :dance:
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