meet the illustrator - Maybelle Jones-Nettey
WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
I sat down with this absolutely gorgeous crab lady, who illustrated July's illustration for us. Her presence is strong and grounding. You can feel her passion to make this world more authentic and community centered. Let me share our afternoon talk from spirit animals to creating a more conscious party scene in Helsinki.
3 favourite feelings?
Trust, to be trusted by others.
Community, to be part of a loving and supporting community.
Taking care of others.
Your favourite quality of yourself?
Persistence, in moderation though. I always aim to be persistent with my goals and in life in general, but I'm a huge advocate for knowing when to stop. We can easily be so obsessed over the destination that the journey totally loses its meaning. I would say it's Sisu with enjoyment and common sense. To enjoy being in the moment.
Oh, Diana Ross. She was my idol, probably still is. I used to dance to her music all day. She is just magical.
Whales. Just think about it, sing, swim and eat all day long. That's a good life over there. They are also very communal mammals and community is so much, so important.
Favourite Summer day?
In order to truly get the most of the moment, it would have to be spontaneous. A day at sea, would deffinately warm my heart and relax me.
Conscious actions you wish all of us would take?
To question it all. To question the social norm and ask what do you want? Are you speed racing through life, being someone that someone told you to be. Give yourself time.
Safe space dancing spot? Share a little bit about that,
We wanted a safe, community kinda space where everyone would have the freedom to be as they are without unwanted attention or harassment. We also wanted to encourage and support emerging artists and increase diversity in the local party scene. We created MYÖS to experiment in collective ways of organising events and workshops. Each one teach one -for us by us. Our second event is actually on Wednesday, come join us.