Difficult Woman: A Collaboration with Helen Lewis
'The difficult woman is not rude, petty or mean. she is simply willing to be awkward, if the situation demands it; demanding, if the occasion requires it; and obstinate, if someone tries to fob her off.' Helen Lewis
Helen writes: 'In early 2018, it was already apparent that the referendum on Ireland's abortion laws would be an era-defining battle. It followed two years where progressive politics seemed to be in retreat in Britain and the US, with the vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Would Ireland buck the trend by repealing the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution - which gave equal weight to the life of a woman and her foetus - and liberalising its laws?
When I appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme, I decided to wear a REPEAL necklace - reasoning that if branded jewellery was good enough for the Suffragettes and Suffragists, it was good enough for me. Mine came from Wear And Resist, and for days afterwards, people asked me about it. So when I finished Difficult Women, I wondered if there was a way to collaborate with Sarah again. She said yes, as did our charity partner Women for Refugee Women, and the result is stunning.
Many female refugees are escaping from sexual and physical violence, and Britain should not retraumatise them as it processes their applications. Women For Refugee Women gives them a voice - through English and drama lessons - and campaigns for a fairer asylum system.'
The originalDifficult Woman
With the first design to celebrate the publication of the hardback edition, I wanted to mimic the look and feel of the cover.
The Difficult Woman
I loved how the sharp, jarring design, which reflects the points that Helen is arguing in the pages so well.
The paperback designDifficult
With this design I wanted to play on this idea of owning the insult. I liked the idea of a flashy, in your face, fancy version of the word to wear with both a bit of humour and two fingers up.
'Above all she knows that no woman can fight all the battles alone, nomatter how difficult she is.
Sometimes, she feels tired, and worn out. But one thing saves her, because a difficult woman should always find herself some other difficult women.'