About Mude - by Jazz Moodie
The Mission: Fighting sexualisation and championing body positivity!
Mude's battle is against the censorship, sexualisation and judgement of our natural, nuanced, fleshy bodies. I use myself as reference for most of my drawings, so the designs are a process of reconnecting with my own body form. I have been hyper-sexualised, without my consent, my whole life due to my petite frame and unusually large breasts. Seeing myself translated into a beautiful collection of lines and curves made me realise that my body is unique and beautiful. Years of viewing myself through a skewed lens was shattered and I am finally happy with this body that has got me through the good times and the rough times.
More recently I have started taking Nude Commissions, having realised the power of perceiving your own body as a piece of art. How can our bodies possibly be shameful when we can see them as delicate line versions of themselves?
"It’s striking how much power a t-shirt can have. In every one of Moodie’s designs, the naked female body is portrayed with such delicacy and care that it’s impossible to feel when wearing a Mude creation that nakedness is something to be ashamed of." - Girls that Gig.
To read my open letter on 'the commodification of feminism', click here
What is Mude?
[MUDE] /mju:d/noun - A combination of my very enjoyable surname, Moodie, and the word nude. To own a Mude design is to join the movement of celebrating the female form on our own terms. Bare, stripped, and sassy.
Who is Mude?
Artist: Jasmine 'Jazz' Moodie, 22. Student at the University of Leeds, full-time unapologetic feminist and colourful jumper enthusiast!
Digital/Photoshop: Elle Upshall, 22. Jazz's girlfriend providing the Photoshop wizardry for print tshirts!
How did Mude come about?
"I've always been fascinated by the paradoxical nature of the female form: at once both fragile yet powerful, unique yet recognisable.
I taught myself how to hand-embroider using a Kantan needle while studying in France – the only sketches I had around (and that I’m any good at!) were my life drawing sketches. From here, I found myself translating my naked line drawings into delicate threaded versions of themselves. Et voila, Mude was born, and I've never looked back!"