I always love to join a zoom drawing session from the BSC.
The Berlin Strippers’ Collective is a wonderful resource for folks who do life drawing, both remotely and IRL. Although my health has limited my attendance, I had to make this session with co-founder
Suki, who created a concept to honor the history of the AAPI showgirls of San Francisco’s Forbidden City Nightclub and Cabaret.
𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙵𝚘𝚛𝚋𝚒𝚍𝚍𝚎𝚗 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝙲𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚌𝚕𝚞𝚋 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚊𝚋𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚂𝚊𝚗 𝙵𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘, 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚋𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝟷𝟿𝟹𝟾 𝚝𝚘 𝟷𝟿𝟽𝟶.
𝙲𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚒𝚎 𝙻𝚘𝚠, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚠𝚗𝚎𝚛𝚜, 𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙵𝚘𝚛𝚋𝚒𝚍𝚍𝚎𝚗 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚘𝚗 𝙳𝚎𝚌𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝟸𝟸, 𝟷𝟿𝟹𝟾.
𝙱𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚜𝚕𝚘𝚠 𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚕 𝟷𝟿𝟺𝟶, 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙻𝚘𝚠 𝚑𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝙽𝚘𝚎𝚕 𝚃𝚘𝚢, 𝚊 𝚓𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚖 𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚝 𝚄𝚗𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝙲𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚊, 𝙱𝚎𝚛𝚔𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚗𝚞𝚍𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚍𝚎𝚕 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙶𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚎𝚗 𝙶𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝙸𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝙴𝚡𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚗 𝟷𝟿𝟹𝟿. 𝙰𝚝 𝙵𝚘𝚛𝚋𝚒𝚍𝚍𝚎𝚗 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢, 𝚃𝚘𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 “𝙱𝚞𝚋𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛.” 𝚂𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚎𝚍 𝚗𝚞𝚍𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊 𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚎, 𝚘𝚙𝚊𝚚𝚞𝚎 𝚋𝚞𝚋𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢. 𝚂𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚎𝚍 𝚊 𝚗𝚞𝚍𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚘𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚑 𝚏𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜. 𝚆𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚎𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚑𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚞𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚙𝚕𝚎𝚍.
-from Suki’s post for the event
Such a gorgeous feel to this session!
I love the red fabric fans! Suki’s insta is
Thank you so much for the history and the inspiration, Suki!
International Sex Worker’s Day to all, and don’t forget to visit the BSC pages to see how Covid has affected strippers, among other sex work industries. You can also visit Suki’s fan site here 🙂
I am incredibly grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me work safely at home, documenting Berlin performers and sex workers.
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I tuned into the East London Strippers Collective Life Drawing livestream again, for a celeb visit!
Jacq the Stripper, performer, artist and author, posed for the session in several cool looks and entertained us all tremendously.
I caught the
ELSC life drawing stream the week before, to draw gorgeous Sasha Diamond, and that was when I heard that Jacq would be modeling. I snapped up the last ticket!
I was a fan of her work as an artist already, and really enjoyed hearing her talk and joke about New York.
She had some excellent stories! You can shop for goodies
here and support her on her Patreon here.
The East London Strippers Collective is a self-organized group of professional strippers.
They “aim to shatter stereotypes and challenge stigma, whilst improving their own working conditions.”
life drawing sessions are very well run and very entertaining; I highly recommend a visit!
I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting international performers while I work safely at home.
This entry was posted in
Art and tagged East London Strippers Collective, Jacq the Stripper, Life drawing with strippers, live drawing, portrait drawing, portraiture, queer art, Suzanne Forbes, Suzanne Forbes art, Suzanne Forbes artist, traditional portraiture for alternative lifestyles on . September 28, 2020