Sucking the Devil’s Cock: Business Model

‘Sucking the Devil’s Cock’ is a popular business model for those who wish to provide a service that can be available to anyone, rich or poor. The simple premise is that those with money pay for those without; and that’s how I would like Spirited Bodies to progress. If I can sell body confidence, I want that to be available to ANY one.

At the moment participation is free, because I/we are still learning how to best deliver. Being such a unique experience, with participants coming to it from very varied and sometimes complex and personal backgrounds, requires tremendous insight in order to make it work for each person.

In addition I still intend to make money by selling the artwork (as was the original premise), and donating this to charity. It has been the vast nature of this task which has prevented me/us from doing this so far.

I am now in touch with some selected charities whom I would like to help fund. These include ‘Womankind’, who help women in several developing countries to overcome violence and be empowered to improve their lives. Also ‘Stree Mukti Sanghatana’ work with women recyclers in India, who spend their lives trawling enormous rubbish dumps supplied by us Westerners. I would also be interested in working with ‘Women for Women’ who specifically deal with women in war torn countries.

There are many such charities, and there is good evidence to support the notion that empowering women in developing countries is the best way forward. Women will produce more food and share it more widely, amongst other favourable statistics.

The entire planet faces the emergence of a more spiritual time, so overcoming body consciousness is paramount to our development. In the West and richer countries, we have been privileged enough to become anxious about our appearance. I think we need to shed this, en mass, in order to tune into higher purposes of world peace and love.

I’m focusing on women to begin with because we have been uber-bombarded in the West by mass media concerning our appearance and sexuality, and because globally we women have not had equality in any remotely recent history! Personally I imagine that if gender equality was truly reached, a lot of other inequalities might also shift simultaneously. It’s like thinking of a magnetic shift in the planet’s poles. Obviously men are extremely damaged by women’s impoverishment, and most men are as disempowered themselves; but an initiative towards women is necessary to counter the disproportionate burden they have carried.

Yes big ideas and wild claims! I have dreams and I will follow them.

 

Burning Inside

Sleepy day, sleepless night;

When will I learn why do we fight?

I came across as a raving feminist,

Socialist Marxist conspiracy theorist!

How could I say that women needn’t wear

Make up, nice clothes or brush their hair?

Who’s going to buy that? Not the girl next door –

Not Angelina Jolie or Demi Moore!

Very few of us ordinary girls

Pure alienation must have been my goal

I said it’s all an illusion – those men are conning you

None of it matters except that you are true

Think of other women in the global South

Whose privilege is to worry how to feed their mouth

We need to be more equal, men and women South and North

East and West together, to an era coming forth.

 

At the end a little woman from India found me,

She knew what I was saying, through the hype she could see

That other English women who thought me off my rocker,

Would turn around in wonder, when I pull off my next shocker

In art and naked bodies there is money to be made

When transformations happen, big funds can be replayed

Morimda’s ‘Le Derrier Noir’

“Before I started life modeling I was very shy, and I really used modeling as a way to discover my sexiness and my sexuality.

I did know I looked sexual because of my shapes, but I wasn’t feeling comfortable with this. Through life modeling, seeing how other people were drawing me, made me aware of how they saw me; my body form, my structure. Then I started to be in control of, and play with my sexuality more.

One day an artist, Chris Francis, drew my bottom, and he called it ‘Le Derrier Noir’, and seeing that made me love my bum.

I think that life modeling has its place in healing as well as in creating art.”

Spirited Bodies presents ‘The Ages of Woman’

Looking for women of all shapes, ages, sizes and colours who are brave and confident enough to try life modelling for an evening, Friday 8th April in Central London.

Renaissance Masterpieces like Rubens‘ ‘The Three Graces‘, Raffaelo’s ‘La Fornarina‘ and Titian‘s ‘The Seven Ages of Woman’ may be recreated! Monet‘s ‘Bathers’, or Matisse‘s ‘Dance’ also possible.  Some freestyle 15 minute poses desired.

There will be warm up poses for those doing the long poses, and plenty of stretch breaks.

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Prior to the event there will be various opportunities to prepare, discuss and demonstrate the requirement.

Spirited Bodies offers a safe group setting, organised by professional life models, and is about encouraging women to reclaim their nudity through art.

Life modelling can be beneficial to those overcoming body confidence issues, to women accepting and loving their bodies following pregnancy, illness, trauma, abuse or being over-sexualised.

It is a powerful way to get in touch with your self through meditation and being an inspiration for art.

Becoming Sexualised, Thick-Skinned & Engaging

For some women, the decision to try life modelling may precipitate a considerable shift in the way they are perceived by their peers, family and any other acquaintances.  If  you’ve never been perceived as a femme fatale, I’m not saying it’s guaranteed when you bare all for artists, however the confidence which you begin to manifest regardless of your traits pertaining to conventional beauty, may attract new attention.

What you do with this is of course your own business! The point is if your associates are surprised by your choice of activity/occupation, they may treat you differently. This can range from overnight being considered some sort of prostitute, to the pleasant surprise and genuine appreciation that you are comfortable in your skin. There is still a lot of taboo about nudity even here – London – and now in 2011. I hope this dissipates, but sadly women from certain cultures may be a long way off such freedom.  If I tried to recruit among some of them I’d surely receive death threats.

Obviously not everyone cares to try the open nudity thing! Including those among us who are quite comfortable with themselves, while others will consider it unnecessarily provocative, and as going against their higher principles.

The effects of life modelling are individual to each of us.  If you have a bold, independent persona then you may hardly be affected, or on a different angle it may be the peace and stillness which makes an impression.

There is an undeniably sexual element to life modelling.  While the traditional mainstream strand of the scene has no business acknowledging this,  it is invariably a factor, though not ever present.  It’s no surprise that the most sought after models for commercial artists looking to sell work, are young(ish) female slim or curvy dancers or performers.  As it stands most models fall into this category, but for that reason, other types corner their own niche more easily. There is a demand for all types, and what is most important is that the model enjoys what they are doing and exudes presence, connecting with artists.

The upshot of the attention received as an artist’s model is that one must have or develop a thick skin. You may need to be able to deflect unwanted attention while remaining professional; you must also be prepared to put up with being discussed as if an object during an art class. Each part of your body is considered as a technical detail in a landscape to be captured on paper. It is measured – though not up close unless it is for sculpture in which case calipers are wielded against you – and discussed as mass, tone, bulk and bone.

Other untutored groups may operate in ambient silence almost holy for its concentration.

Guidelines may be given on poses preferred, but usually choice of pose is the model’s prerogative. Each model it ought to be understood, knows his/her body best and further, poses are produced in sequence. By this I mean that there is often little time to relax between poses, so one tends to follow a pose with a countering poise, sharing the stress in alternating muscle groups.  Other factors of performance may come into play, so that a sequence appears to tell a story, or a model directs her gaze to a fresh direction with each new move.

One thing I noticed with the Spirited Bodies event, was that the new models had something we professionals lost a long time ago!! A certain element of rabbits-caught-in-the-headlights did come to mind. This made them unquantifiably fascinating to watch. How they unfolded with each new pose and with each moment of being there, just being there. Their faces of shock and bewilderment turning slowly sometimes to curiosity and engagement.  I was awed, fixated and unmovable for a while myself just watching. I’d never seen so many artists there (indeed it was a record-breaking turn out).