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Noeline la Bouche for Black Fae Day!

Noeline la Bouche for Black Fae Day 2 by Suzanne Forbes May 14 2022What a great adventure!

Do you know about Black Fae Day? On the second Saturday in May, Black fantasy lovers and their allies celebrate positive Black representation in fantasy!

When my beloved friend and muse Noéline la Bouche hosted Uncaged Cabaret’s “Return of the Fling”, I loved the fantasy look she created. I asked if they would be interested in being sponsored to create a look for Black Fae Day, and doing a zoom life drawing session in it.

Noeline la Bouche for Black Fae Day by Suzanne Forbes May 12 2022Noéline said yes! Look at this amazing look!

You can see the selfie photo session Noéline did here. They chose materials and costume components and I ordered them, and I booked her for the session at the highest rate I could possibly afford as well paying for makeup time.

I’m so grateful that my Patrons make supporting creative equity like this possible!

Noéline is a consummate professional and we convened for the zoom session with them completely in costume and makeup, set up with camera and beautifully lit. We took breaks as needed for our disabled bodies, and got to visit too. Because working with Noéline is a safe space for me, I experimented a LOT with the Liquitex Acrylic Ink I’ve been trying!

Noeline la Bouche for Black Fae Day 2 by Suzanne Forbes May 14 2022 detailI am so glad Black Fae Day exists.

“We are showing the world that Black people deserve more positive representation in mainstream fantasy and fairytales! We’re out here and magical. Will you join us in uplifting minority voices?”

Learn about Black Fae Day Founder Jasmine la Fleur and co-founder Carlos Williams Jr. here. Follow on twitter here!

Insta here, linktree, website, IRL celebration. Venmo to support this wonderful event!

If you’re interested in disabled performer life and building the emotional intelligence to cope with radical physical challenge, I highly recommend reading Noéline’s posts.

And of course paying her some money because we don’t take the labor of Black femmes for free!

Noéline’s website here, Insta here, burlesque accessory line here, Paypal.me here!

Noéline in a headpiece I made! And as the Goddess Yemaya last month.

Many other Noeline drawings in my Noéline Muse Album on flickr.

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to continue documenting Berlin performers as a vaccinated but Covid-vulnerable disabled person.

 

 

Ukrainian burlesque diva Daria poses for a Sketcherei fundraiser!

Daria posing for Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes April 25 2022 1Daria has moved to Berlin from Kyiv.

She has the most incredible period face and a fantastic aesthetic.

Daria posing for Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes April 25 2022 2As I have said many times, the Sketcherei team is devoted to fundraising.

This event raised money for Berlin NGO Berlin to Borders, a local org created by nightlife titans.

Daria posing for Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes April 25 2022 3I love Sketcherei life-drawing sessions.

The models are always thoughtfully chosen, in allyship, and beautifully lit! The wonderful team Alexandra and Liana of Sketcherei really care about sex workers, about art and about drawing.

Daria posing for Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes April 25 2022 5Daria had two costumes, one in golds and one in gothic blacks.

You know I love a gothic look!

Daria posing for Sketcherei by Suzanne Forbes April 25 2022 4I tried my new Pentel brush pen and I liked it.

Using the Pentel pen, water-based ink and another brush pen loaded with water. Instant grey washes! Plus a pale peachy watercolor brush pen. And that’s it! No pencil.

Daria’s insta and photography insta.

More about Berlin to Borders: this homegrown humanitarian org is providing direct aid to the most vulnerable folx escaping the war in Ukraine. They are hiring for paid work and looking for volunteers.

See the website or linktree for how to donate, volunteer or get hired!

More Sketcherei sessions I’ve joined:

Sketcherei with Chiqui Love.

Sketcherei with Berlin Strippers Collective and Akynos.

Sketcherei with Berlin Strippers Collective and Chiqui again!

Sketcherei with Dotti Moscati for Valentines 2022.

I’m so grateful to my Patrons on Patreon, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to keep working and evolving as an artist, and to support artists’ models!