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Have Your Cake and Eat It – Call for Submissions



Art Party- The George Tavern- 21st August 2010

“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves”
Laura Esquivel

Have a chance to exhibit with Storm in a Tea Cup and Diy Womp by following the recipe below!


•    Take one influential woman from your past/present/future – this could be anyone from your granny, to a famous actress, a singer, poet or even a bag lady.
•    Generate an artistic response based on your inspirational woman.
•    Create using a medium of your choice, this can be anything from photography, illustration and design to painting and collage.
•    Add a splash of poetry, or inspirational writing if required!
•    A generous helping of imagination.

Method: (HOW TO APPLY)
•    Work must be wall based and no larger than 100 x 100 cm
•    To apply please send a jpeg (maximum 1MB) of your work to the email address below along with the following information:
1.    Name
2.    Email address, Tel No, Hometown
3.    Age
4.    Dimensions of work
5.    How your work is mounted
6.    A brief description of your submission, approx 200 words
•    Entries must be received no later than 4th August
•    Artists chosen to exhibit will then be contacted and asked to supply Artwork by 14th August to an address specified. (You will be given this address when contacted by us!)


Enquiries and submissions to:

Ellie Green

Storm in a Teacup

Women Who Howl At The Moon; Female Folk Event 9th of July!

STORM IN A TEACUP : Female Arts Collective is proud to present…
‘Women Who Howl At The Moon’
Female FOLK/ACOUSTIC event
A LADYFEST TEN fundraiser > Featuring women who howl at the moon, with music, performance, visual art and the launch of issue 2 of SIATC zine!

Ladyfest Ten: Festival Dates Announced!

As you know Storm in a Teacup have been involved in organising fundraisers for Ladyfest Ten and we are also on the programming team for the festival. We are all very, very busy and very, very excited about being a part of this years 10 year anniversary celebration. So with great pleasure we are excited to reveal festival dates and venues for Ladyfest Ten!

12th/13th/14th November 2010, Highbury Corner, London.

Ladyfest, the global festival promoting and celebrating women’s creativity and counter-culture, turns 10 years old this year. To commemorate a decade of Ladyfests in cities across the world including Brisbane, Olympia, Singapore, Jakarta, San Paolo and New Orleans, Ladyfest Tenaims to be the biggest and best yet.
Taking place across various North London venues including The Relentless Garage from Friday 12th November until Sunday 14th, Ladyfest Ten will feature an audience of more than 3,000 people attending an exciting and diverse programme of female-fronted music, arts, film, literature, comedy, craft, workshops and sport.

Ladyfest Ten will involve iconic musicians, artists and authors alongside the best unsigned bands and upcoming women from every artistic field. Confirmed acts and ticketing details will be broadcast in July, but for further updates in the meantime, keep an eye the Ladyfest ten, Website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

A independent non-profit festival, Ladyfest Ten is coordinated by a collective of volunteers, and always needs extra pairs of hands! Whether you’re a DJ, dancer, artist, activist or author, or just want to get involved with helping to coordinate Ladyfest Ten, we’d love to hear from you. For further info and to get in touch, please see the Ladyfest Ten Contact page.

Last two Swallows & Amazons Salons! Featuring; Rayna Terror & Skye!

Grab a pen and don’t miss the penultimate salon of the summer!

Ladyfest Ten fundraiser presented in collaboration with Storm in a Teacup

This week featuring:

/// SKYE ////
dreadlocked & de-frocked experienced life model & artist who’ll be
bodypainted…the body as a canvas…


Tattooed pin up model bringing old school glamour to the salon.
A fashion, fetish model and calendar girl, she’s no stranger to inspiring artwork

Tuesday JUNE 22nd

@The Victoria pub, Mile End, E3 5TH


Come and celebrate women in all their naked and knickerbockered glory on Tuesday evenings throughout June.

Grab a pencil and a drink and get creative in the intimate salon environment of The Victoria, Mile End’s back room. Nude ladies, stuffed foxes, drawing challenges set by The Great Cake Escape’s Cherry Bakewell and the opportunity for your original art work to be featured in an exhibition as part of Ladyfest Ten festival in November.

What more could you ask for for £6?

Drawing materials included (thanks to Cass Art)
feel free to bring your own extra special pens and paper though too…

Email to reserve a space or get there on time for a seat!

Every penny goes to funding more fabulous arts events at Ladyfest Ten in November



‘Nowt As Queer As Folk’ with The Magpies Nest for PRIDE London


‘Nowt As Queer As Folk #2’

A Special, intimate and FREE event in partnership with ‘London Gay Pride’. Continuing the celebration of the GLTB community of artists working in the Folk and Acoustic World.

Following the success of ‘Nowt As Queer As Folk #1’ in collaboration with English Folk Dance and Song Society for Folk Against Fascism. BBC Folk Club of the year; The Magpies nest are excited to be joining forces with Storm in a Teacup female arts collective to bring you the next exciting installment of GLTB folk/acoustic artists as part of the PRIDE London celebrations.


Alexis Joshua
“A stricken, subtonic dream of London that makes the capital feel fresh” (NME)

Verity Flecknell
Founder of Storm in a Teacup female arts collective.”Effortlessly enveloping classic Americana, guttural blues and sweet folk sounds, Verity is a rare breed of performer. Simultaneously theatrical yet utterly without pretence” (The Girls Are..)

Louis Brooke

Little Sister Blue
Gearing up for her performance at Glastonbury festival.”One of the sweetest voices I’ve heard” (Martha Tilston)




Zine Fest at the Women’s Library


Celebrate the alternative world of self-made paper zines and come along for stalls, workshops and discussions.

Would you like to get involved in Ladyfest and Storm in a Teacup? Come along to the annual Zine Fest at the Women’s Library this Saturday and visit us at the SIATC & Ladyfest ten stall to see how you can get involved with this years festival, ask us awkward questions and see the face behind the facebook!


The Women’s Library, 25 Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT (by Aldgate East tube), 11.00am – 4pm.


12 noon & 3pm
Tour of the Women’s Library and their special zine collection (they have over 350 zines, including old and rare zines.)

Talk on ‘Post-Riot Grrrl feminism and the rise of craft activism’ by Teal Triggs. Teal is Professor of Graphic Design and Course Director of MA Design Writing Criticism, London College of Communication. She is author of a forthcoming book titled FANZINES (Thames & Hudson) due out September 2010.

Lino print workshop – learn hands on how to make your very own lino print (very limited numbers – first come first served).

+ one more workshop TBC


Fifteen stalls full of feminist zine goodness. Including a table with SIATC & Ladyfest ten goodies- come and say hello and buy a zine or three!

See you there!

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Female Arts Collective


Photo: Ellie Green, Bex Massey

Ello there,

Phew! These updates just keep getting bigger, and the tea cups are getting busier and we are all so humbled by the amazing community that is really taking shape. More Ladyfest fundraisers coming up, DJ spots and exciting events! A big thank you to all who submitted their fabulous illustrations, articles, reviews, art work, recipes and patterns for the 2nd Issue of SIATC Zine. We will be compiling all of the submissions and beaver away to put together and awesome Zine which will be ready for release at our Female Folk Night on the 9th of July (more details below).

PLUS! Look out for more info about how to submit your artwork for consideration to be shown at the DIY WOMP/SIATC “Have Your Cake And Eat It” Art Party on the 21st of August@ The George Tavern. Details coming very soon…

Please visit our blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to find out the latest news.

**TOMORROW! Storytails & Storm in a Teacup present for Stoke Newington Literary Festival female writers read short stories. A fundraiser for Ladyfest ten! 5pm@ The Drop, below the Three Crowns Pub, Stoke Newington.

**Swallows & Amazons: Life Drawing Salons > 8th, 15th of June
The spectacular Swallows and Amazons Life drawing Salon continues through June and the next salon is this Tuesday 8th of June. Theme for this week: “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE…”
Check out the Swallows & Amazons facebook group for photo gallery and latest news.

**Grrrl Night@ The George Tavern> Wednesday 7th of June. Free Barbecue, Free entry! Storm in a Teacup’s Elizabeth and the lovely Annette Barlow from The Girls Are..are DJing! Awesome female fronted bands.

**Zine Fest @ The Womens Library > Saturday 12th of June 11am-4pm. Storm in a Teacup, Ladyfest and Fat Quarter will be there selling our zines, come and visit us!

**Nowt As Queer As Folk #2 The Magpies Nest & Storm in a Teacup present gay folk acts for PRIDE Festival London. Wednesday 23rd of June @ Ten Gale Gallery, Bethnal Green.
Magpies Nest:
Pride London:

**SIATC/Ladyfest Folk/Acoustic Night > 9th of July @ The Victoria, Mile End. Launch of Issue#2 SIATC Zine! Cake stall, art exhibition, storyteller and 5 amazing female acoustic acts for your pleasure!

**Bust Craftacular > Saturday 10th July @ York Hall, Bethnal Green 12pm-7pm. DJ sets from Storm in a Teacup’s Elizabeth Ann Martin, She Runs With Wolves/Ladyfest; Verity Flecknell (SIATC) & Annette Barlow (The Girls Are…) Ladyfest stall and more!

>Swallows & Amazons: Salon 6 > 8th June

>Nowt As Queer As Folk SIATC/Magpies Nest/Pride > 23rd June

>Girl Germs/Ladyfest: Wetdog, Peepholes, DJs > 24th of June

>SIATC/Ladyfest Folk/Acoustic Night > 9th of July

>SIATC/DIY Womp Art/Music Party > Saturday 21st August—> More info on this, plus call for submissions//how to apply details coming very soon…..

> LADYFEST ‘So She Said‘: Spokenword fundraisers to be announced soon in collaboration with Sundown media, Wordplay and SIATC > August/September

>LADYFEST TEN Festival > 12th, 13th, 14th November 2010


>Zine Fest @ The Womens Library > 12th of June

>Bust Craftacular> 10th of July

>Pride Festival > 19th June – 3rd of July

Over and out,
Verity Flecknell

Storm in a Teacup
Female Arts Collective

Stoke Newington Literary Festival : Ladyfest fundraiser !

Storm in a Teacup in collaboration with Storytails are excited to announce a short story event for female writers at Stoke Newington Literary festival!

We need you lovely ladies to come and perform any short story between 1000-1500 words that can be read under 10mins. Please contact the lovely Gabriella from Storytails ASAP if you want to take part:

Profits and any donations towards the running of the event will go towards the fabulous Ladyfest ten festival in November this year.

Its FREE to come and enjoy the event so come along and indulge in some great female storytelling:

Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Sunday 6th June, at 5pm in The Drop below The Three Crowns pub.

See you there,

Verity Flecknell

Storm in a Teacup

Ladyfest Fundraisers – Swallows & Amazons 4 & SIATC Teaparty!

Swallows & Amazons: Life Drawing Salons 4 & SIATC Teaparty!

Roll up, roll up for this bumper edition of Swallows and Amazons!
This week featuring a whole feast of models for your drawing pleasure…



Contortionist, yoga inspired poses

& DOLLFACE DOLORES // macabre mechanical melancholy to inspire some Tim Burton-esque art work.

Hosted by The Great Cake Escape’s Cherry Bakewell, dishing out the drawing challenges to help inspire your creations…

PLUS this week’s event shall be extra special with DJ sets from Storm in a Teacup ladies Verity & Elizabeth… Cake stall and more… Bring your friends and meet Ladyfest/SIATC girls at a special tea party celebrating Storm in a Teacup’s first birthday…Details to follow soon!

TUES 18th MAY, 8pm-10pm
The Victoria, Mile End
110 Grove Road
£6 to take part in life drawing
£2 minimum donation to join in the teaparty

Basic materials provided (thanks to Cass Art) but feel free to bring your own sketchpad, inks, pens too

Guarantee your space by emailing
or get there on time to get a good seat…

We will be taking a break on the 25th of May and will be continuing Swallows & Amazons in June. Watch this space!

Artwork created during the salons can be submitted to be part of an exhibition later on in the year and all profits will go towards funding Ladyfest Ten, an arts festival taking place in London in November to celebrate ten years of Ladyfest.

In collaboration with Storm in a Teacup.



This is a call out for contributions to the second edition of the Storm in a Teacup Zine to be launched on July 9th 2010 at The Victoria, Mile End.

The first edition was launched with great success at the end of February, having been lovingly written, produced, photocopied, hand stapled and hand painted by the storm in a teacup girls.

In the spirit of our DIY foremothers, we aim to produce a hand printed zine three times a year containing articles, interviews, art, recipes, music, poetry and craft. The idea being to write UNCENSORED about inspiring women with brains, style and talent. No funding, no advertising, no airbrushing and no self-esteem bashing articles in sight!

We are now looking for poetry, short stories, articles, craft ideas, patterns and illustrations by female contributors on any theme to be considered for inclusion. The zine will be launched at Storm in a Teacup’s very special female ACOUSTIC/ FOLK NIGHT to be held on July 9th at The Victoria, Mile End and will be available at various events over the coming months, including our art party in August (being organised in collaboration with DIY Womp Collective) and various Ladyfest Ten fundraisers throughout the summer. More info coming soon!

If you would like to submit work for consideration, please email

The DEADLINE for submissions is the 31st May 2010.

For any more info, just get in touch!

Elizabeth Martin
Storm in a Teacup