Emma Evelyn

100in100

To celebrate 100 years of women having the vote, and in an attempt to raise the £5,000 needed to become a registered charity, Every Month Manchester encouraged volunteers to raise £100 in 100days. Every Month is a Manchester based campaign that provides sanitary products to those experiencing poverty and those who need them. For 100 days I  uploaded a visual to my Instagram account, some from the archives but mainly original drawings, or graphics relating to female empowerment, sexuality and issues tackled by @everymonthmcr The idea being that if followers liked what they saw, they could donate £1 to the campaign to raise the intended £100. The project was a huge success and I raised over £700 towards helping Every Month reach their goal.

 
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07/100

Today is the first day of my period and I have zero motivation to do anything and my brain feels like porridge. I have already cried twice, ruined a pair of my favourite underwear and had to ask my flatmate for money for sanitary products. My privilege and support network gives me wiggle room to have days like theses, as I know I’m getting a pay check tomorrow and I have somewhere warm and safe to hide out in whilst I’m feeling low. However many many woman do not have anyone to turn to or a way to keep themselves clean and dignified when it is their time of the month.

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08/100

Today is a huge sigh of relief that summer is finally on its way, and a gentle reminder that our bodies are soft and our bellies roll and arms get squishy and it’s a beautiful thing.

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09/100

An ode to Sarah Lucas, and the beginning of a mini series of food that looks like boobs.

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11/100

“I have decided to finally allow myself to be, hairy. A road less travelled for women, somewhat out of the ordinary” - Helen Plumb has made a beautiful film entitled ‘A Prickly Subject’ tackling the taboo of female body hair and is well worth a watch. But for now, here is Nancy, doing her thing and embracing her body in all its natural beauty.
If you would like to be inspiration for me to draw to be part of my 100days project please get in touch! If you like what I’m doing please donate to @everymonthmcr to help us keep providing those experiencing poverty with sanitary products. 

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12/100

Another friend of mine trusting me to reinterpret her self portrait. Thank you for getting involved and for the trust!

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30/100

Period blood isn’t just red! Depending on a number of factors, the colour of period blood varies. Sometimes it’s almost black, meaning the blood is older and has taken longer to leave the uterus. A pinkish colour means it is mixed with some cervical fluid and is slightly diluted. A spectrum of tones and shades is normal and healthy! If you don’t menstruate I can guarantee somebody close to you does, so either way educate yourself - knowledge is power.
Thank you to @rowaneastwood for allowing me to use her beautiful slides for this little Friday morning lesson. 

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40/100

It’s nice reaching a round number on the count down! The second of a Scandinavian beauty, thank you for the trust and getting involved.
Donations have slowed down, so anything at all you can spare towards @everymonthmcr would be massively appreciated. It only costs us £1.50 to make a pack which will provide a woman with sanitary products for one month. 

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44/100

It’s been amazing drawing beautiful women from around the world and getting stuck into the fun and empowering side of this project. However, as I am coming up to my half way point it is important to touch base with the reasons I am doing this, which is to raise money for @everymonthmcr as well as spread awareness of the issue we tackle. Those who menstruate and are experiencing poverty have to go through extreme efforts in order to protect themselves and keep them selves clean during their period. Here is a second run of an illustration showing the items that some resort to using to attempt to keep themselves clean and dry. Please donate anything you can via the link in my bio, to help @everymonthmcrcontinue to supply these people with the hygienic products that they need. 

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55/100

If you are new to the menstrual cup, I am here to introduce you! A soft silicone cup which is folded and inserted inside the vagina, when let go the cup ‘pops open’ and forms a protective seal. The cup then collects your period rather than absorbing it and is emptied and washed at intervals throughout the day. A menstrual cup is better for the environment as it is reusable and if cared for can be used for years. This stops plastics and chemicals being flushed into our oceans and put into our water systems. It is also so much better for your reproductive health as it allows the vagina to continue to self lubricate and clean throughout your period, unlike tampons which are unbiased in what they will absorb!! If that’s not enough, it’s also 5days a month of kegel exercises, and if your not sure what the implications of that are - google it!
It’s understandable to be intimidated but I urge you to do some research and find out if the menstrual cup could be for you as the environmental, financial and health benefits are huge.  

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57/100

Catch ya later Manchester, off for a weekend by the sea...Brighton I’ve missed you!

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61/100

Another day, another nude...
If you are still following my project and enjoying it please take a moment to think of you can spare a little change towards our campaign. @everymonthmcr supply sanitary products to the homeless and those experiencing poverty. We are entirely volunteer lead, and every single penny we make goes straight to buying products which are made into ‘Period Packs’ and distributed to food banks. It only costs £1.50 to make a pack and this will supply someone with products for one month. A little can go a really long way and help to keep someone who is bleeding, dignified and clean. If this is something you feel you could contribute too, please visit the link in my bio and donate anything you can. If you are not in a position to be able to support us financially, please spread the word about what we are doing and get a dialogue going around the issues we are tackling. Conversation and awareness are the first steps to major change! 


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64/100

Happy Feely Friday! Just a quick reminder, regardless of gender to check your boobs (yes, breast cancer effects to men too!) Lumps, bumps and different sizes are normal, so get to know your body and when something changes you will notice! @coppafeelpeople has lots of lovely illustrations, graphics, tips and tricks to help you along! 

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65/100

So honoured to have been able to draw this absolute goddess, stripping down and celebrating her body as a symbol of femininity, fertility and strength. Thank you so much for the trust and embracing all the beautiful changes your body is going through.

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Girls keep ‘em coming! Hope your enjoying your sunny Sunday...this one is from a couple of thousand miles away, from someone I’m missing a lot! Thank you for the cheeky boob squeeze and reminder of how beautiful and brave you are.

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72/100

Woke up this morning to such STRONG SCENES!! Thank you to my mediocre morning hangover for providing me with the creative licensing to add an eye patch to this beauty. ‘COZ WHY NOT! Thank you for posing for me for a second time and thank you to the angel taking them for sending them over. Wish I was with you both this sunny Saturday

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81/100
I’ve seen this around the internet quite a bit over the past few month, but I ran into three lovely separate groups of men this morning, all about 100m from my flat, who needing reminding. So here is a quick hand written note, for anyone who wasn’t sure.

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83/100

So blessed by the bravery of the women around me for sharing their body’s and story’s with me for this project. Can’t thank this babe enough for stripping down and laying bare about her experience. It’s so important to keep talking about difficult subjects, to ensure other people have the strength and resources to get what they need. .

“At the age of 29 I noticed my breast was red and swollen, and following a biopsy I was diagnosed with the aggressive and rare Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and had to have chemo, surgery, and radiotherapy. I lost my breast, my hair, my confidence and gained a lot of weight. But 2 years on I've got my hair back, although it's totally wild now, and I'm slowly learning to love my new body, after all, this scar means that I survived!”

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