BATIK BOUTIK We sat down with Maya Amoah, the creative mind behind Batik Boutik
Mar07

BATIK BOUTIK We sat down with Maya Amoah, the creative mind behind Batik Boutik

She walked us through her vision for the brand, and showed us some of her favourite pieces. You can read the full article here: https://www.thesil.ca/batik-boutik This video uses these sounds from freesound: SQ Never Satisfied Music by guru12192 (http://freesound.org/people/guru12192/) Savanna Stomp Groove by jobro (http://freesound.org/people/jobro) Related Posts An unconventional lookWhat's the deal with influencers?Out of the Past...

BATIK BOUTIK Contemporary clothing line celebrates the beauty of Africa
Mar01

BATIK BOUTIK Contemporary clothing line celebrates the beauty of Africa

Maya Amoah stood radiating confidence in a Patcha Patcha hoodie, tastefully named after its patch-work design. Each patch is a unique off-cut from recycled African Ankara print fabrics. There’s no other jacket quite like it. We had just finished our interview with Amoah, the creative mind behind Batik Boutik, which is a clothing line ethically made in Ghana that meets contemporary designs with traditional African flair. She...

Clothing starts a conversation Jessie Goyette hosts Hamilton’s first Plus Size Flea Market
Mar01

Clothing starts a conversation Jessie Goyette hosts Hamilton’s first Plus Size Flea Market

The sun shone through the glass windows of a small family-run restaurant in Hamilton’s east end, bouncing off metallic clothing racks and bright yellow walls. What once was Donairs At Gage had transformed into a Plus Size Flea Market for a Saturday afternoon. Shoppers poured in and out of the former restaurant, rummaging through fashion forward pieces and unique plus-size finds, including a vintage red rain jacket that caught a few...

Queering intimacy
Feb15

Queering intimacy

« ‹ 1 of 9 › » Experiences of intimacy, in so many of my own cases, were often wrought with the anxiety of underperforming or oversharing. It was with some relief that I finally arrived at my own queerness in my late teens and felt my world grow bigger. Finally, I had arrived somewhere where I could set my own pace and my own definitions. My understanding of intimacy changed radically. Queerness eliminated so many of the rules I had...

Markham-raised  artist and  illustrator uses art to explore queer  culture, the complexity of sexuality and to crack a couple of dick jokes along the way
Feb15

Markham-raised artist and illustrator uses art to explore queer culture, the complexity of sexuality and to crack a couple of dick jokes along the way

In preparation for our interview, Yigi Chang laid out a table full of his artwork and crafts. He had coasters featuring the gaping anuses of men, which he carefully painted, felted, resined and assembled. He had cum rags with open-mouth portraits, a button with a golden crown of cocks and an intricate penis bookmark. He was drinking coffee out of his signature “Cup of Joe Mug”; with a naked man doing the backstroke, erect cock poking...

Baring it After a long period of discomfort, I’ve finally realized the sexiest items in my closet are  those that make me feel like myself
Feb15

Baring it After a long period of discomfort, I’ve finally realized the sexiest items in my closet are those that make me feel like myself

If you asked 14-year-old me what my worst nightmare was, bra shopping was at the top of the list. As I fumbled with various straps and clasps in a seemingly endless tangle through adolescence, my discomfort with the under-shirt, over-skin layer grew. And when I moved out of training bra territory and into more “grown up” styles and designs, I was faced with not only discomfort, but a degree of alienation from the sexually-charged...