This week I've picked up the very slick and swish Tabloid Art History, by zine makers of the same name (@tabloidarthistory !) It's a mix of bold graphic design, academic essays that don't run over too long and some pretty nice illustrations too. The subjects the zine cover range from racism to sexism to marginalisation, which can pretty common topic for zines.
The extra spice here is the art history angle which slips in, with older and more contemporary views showing up throughout. Different perspectives are on display for you (articles on paintings next to interviews about UK grime). As a zine it highlights reoccurring themes and helps you think contextually.
What's even more amazing is that they're still going string. It's always inspiring to see collab efforts that stay together last the first issue. It's a lot of work to maintain these projects, so that should be recognised!
If you want to explore your views, like art, or just want to enjoy a well put together zine, give #tabloidarthistory a pop our @edcentrallib cabinet!
12 year old Anna Du has invented a plastic-detecting robot to help save our oceans! Anna’s love of the big blue and marine animals inspired her to build a device that uses infrared to hunt for microplastics with the aim of mapping where microplastics are accumulating. Pretty clever work! Anna wants to pursue a career that will help make a positive difference. We really hope this starts getting taught in schools a lot more - you can make your career choices around the impact you want to have. P.S 80000hours.org have awesome resources for this for graduates and adults looking for change.
Why do you think superheroes are often shown as white boys and princesses as white girls waiting to be rescued? Our awesome two here are taking on the world!
Next time you're flicking through your book or watching a movie, take a moment to think about the characters. Are they nearly always the same gender, culture or race? What if we started creating these stories so it's far more like the world around us? We think that would look pretty cool and much more like all of us and our friends!
We are forever inspired by @janegoodallinst for her conservation work. One of us has been lucky enough to spend a little time on a trek with the gorillas in Rwanda and it was life changing. Imagine having a job you're so passionate about and getting to help protect animals! You can absolutely do this! What's your dream job?
All I've been hearing recently is that all men are 'trash' or just 'born stupid', and it's so sexist towards men and dishonest, because there are so many men out there who don't deserved to be labelled as such horrible things. We as a society seem to forget that sexism can cause trouble both ways as all men and women deserve equal rights (And equal pay) as well as the right not to be labelled and categorized based on the actions of a few.
Yesterday I had an interview...clearly I look fierceAF...but I won’t be getting the job...why? You ask? Oh because I’m a mother and the CEO thought I’d be better suited for a part-time job where I can be around more for my son....
Sexism, it still exists 🤢
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by @vashtiharrison is a beautifully illustrated New York Times bestseller. We adore this! The book introduces readers of all ages to the stories of 40 trailblazing women in history who changed our world. Amongst these biographies you’ll find heroes, role models and everyday women who inspire us – bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, these women were all taking a stand against a world that didn’t always accept them and have influenced how we live today.
Here's a twist...honey bees are the first insects to show they understand the idea of zero! A study recently found that when the bees were encouraged to fly towards a platform carrying fewer shapes than another one, they apparently recognized “no shapes” as a smaller value than “some shapes”. Zero is actually not an easy concept to comprehend at all, even for us. Young kids learn the number zero later than other numbers, and often have trouble identifying whether it is less than or more than 1. Apart from ourselves, some other animals grasp the concept of zero, though. Chimpanzees and monkeys, for instance, have been able to consider zero as a quantity when taught. How cool is that?!