Artist Interview: Sammi Cannings

We were totally overwhelmed by the amount of incredible artwork that was received for Paint the Town Red. Each artist had a unique response to the brief and collectively, they provided a stirring reply to period attitudes and poverty. The stigma and shame which has been hanging over bleeding since it began, can stop people accessing the products they need. It was a real joy to see creative and like-minded folk come together to bin off shame and celebrate period experiences.

Northern Artist, Sammi Cannings created the AMAZING ‘Bad Timing’ piece as part of the exhibition and it portrays a moment that all menstruators can relate to. She took the time to chat about it and give us a sneaky insight into the creation of ‘Bad Timing’ and her work.

1. What work are you most interesting in making? What materials do you use?
I love making character based pieces, where I can show interesting expression and emotion – and try and make people laugh too. I mainly work digitally, drawing my work straight into the computer.

2. How did you make this piece?
This piece was first sketched out on paper, then scanned into the computer and coloured in Photoshop using a Wacom drawing tablet.

3. What inspired you to make it?
The drawing was inspired by that horrible feeling you get when you get your period somewhere unexpected and you’re totally unprepared for it. I wanted to replicate that emotion, but in a lighter, sillier way that would make people smile.

4. What would you tell your younger self about menstruation?
“It’s not as awful as it seems right now!”. Getting your period sucks, but you get used to it and you don’t have to be embarrassed by it, it’s totally normal!

5. What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working as a freelance video editor for children’s TV. So I’m spending most of my free time working on some art pieces for myself and trying to improve my skills as an artist.

6. How did you find out about the Every Month campaign?
One of my friends tagged me in a post on your Instagram because she thought I’d be interested. After that I went and found out more about Every Month and all the great work you guys do.

To check out more of Sammi’s brilliant work, take a look at her Facebook, or Instagram @esscee_sammi.




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