Edited by Karen Pickering
Doing It was released in 2016, and is a bold, explicit and unapologetically feminist look at sex. The collection is edited by Karen Pickering, and celebrates the diverse experiences of having, loving, and pursuing sex.
During the planning and writing phases of Doing It, Jess worked alongside Karen to pitch the book to a series of publishers, secure a publishing deal, contact a series of potential writers, and work with confirmed contributors to ensure deadlines were met. In addition to this, I was also lucky enough to publish my own chapter in the book, entitled “Sexual pleasure and empowerment: A brief (her)story”.
Cherchez La Femme
A Melbourne-based feminist talk show
Cherchez La Femme was a long standing monthly feminist talk show that tackled complex, intersectional topics related to contemporary feminism. At CLF, Jess worked as an executive producer to managing stakeholders both within and external to the CLF team, and to ensure that each month’s show ran smoothly.
An annual feminist march
Both Jess and Lizzie have worked on the SlutWalk Melbourne team, assisting with the organisation of the march on three separate occasions.
SlutWalk is an annual march to protest slut-shaming and victim-blaming and relies on volunteers to continue to run. During their time at SlutWalk, both Jess and Lizzie were part of the team that organised the annual fundraiser to assist with funds for the march, and the march itself. Extensive networking, stakeholder consultation, and community outreach are required in these roles: it’s a role that requires a serious commitment to the cause.
Girls On Film Festival
An explicitly feminist film festival
GOFF has run since 2014 and is the brainchild of Karen Pickering. As an unambiguously feminist film festival, GOFF centres the lives of women from across the globe and brings to the fore their unique and varied stories.
At GOFF, Jess worked in a consulting role to assist with social media promotion and stakeholder liaison.
I Am Not A Unicorn!
A Emma J Hawkins’ Melbourne International Comedy Festival theatre show
‘I Am Not A Unicorn!’ ran across the 2018 MICF season, and was performed by Emma J Hawkins and directed by Maude Davey. Exploring what life is like at 103cm short, ‘I Am Not A Unicorn!’ defied stereotypes and challenged perspectives.
Jess’s work for Emma involved the creation of a long-term social media and publicity plan for the show’s duration, and the ongoing moderation and management of Emma’s social media platforms.
Retro Futurismus: Brave World
A theatrical production from Maude Davey, Anni Davey, Anna Lumb, Teresa Blake, and Gabi Barton
Brave World was a 2018 show from the Melbourne-based Retro Futurismus troupe of five, and ran across July at fortyfivedownstairs. Praised as being "wild, political, beautiful, and weird", Retro Futurismus come together as an act of resistance and renewal, pioneering a new vaudeville that was responsive to current political events and philosophical ideas.
As their social media managers, Bossy handled the social media presence and planning for the show in the months leading up to the three week run. This included the creation of a long-term social media budget, event promotion, copy creation, and the ongoing moderation and management of the show's online spaces.
An art exhibition
from Stacey Korfiatis
Threshold was a 2017 exhibition by Melbourne painter and jeweller Stacey Korfiatis, in which she challenged not only the conventional take on how a painting is presented, but also how both women artists are regarded and how female subjects are displayed in the male-dominated art world.
The six paintings in the series of sculptural oil-on-canvas female nudes incorporate the raw wooden frames into the artwork themselves.