This is the 4th year I’ve been lucky enough to design queer valentine’s for George Brown College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Human Rights. I work with collaborator boo Vivek Shraya to come up with fresh ideas every year. We decided from early on that it was an impossible task to name every identity within LGBTQIA2S and beyond. Instead we try to focus on positive quotes, playful ideas and pop culture references that offer options beyond a rainbow (Although there have been rainbows. Rainbows are nice.)
Have a look at this year’s batch.
If you really like em, you can download them here on Google Drive. Print them, cut them and enjoy.
All Vivek’s idea tbh.
Your favourite Heartbeats’ editors have compiled a list of stuff that made 2015 bearable. We are so excited to also share year-end faves from some our friends and HDB alumni. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do. More melanin coming to ya in the new year.
Love, KC & VS
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This is me attempting to be positive. Update: it’s hard.
I’m trying to rep my culture these days. I’m trying to undo all that was lost to assimilation and show some real love to my people. Part of that included drawing some sports’ guys and the response was seriously one of my highlights of the year. I even got to be on Spanish radio here in Toronto! I made some new connections and friends who may, more than likely, be relatives—hola prima!
I’m wrapping up the year by starting a new tradition of honouring the mighty mujeres that inspired me this year. There are many women I love; from Selena to Selena Gomez and my little sister and Serena Williams. I will draw you all eventually.
2015 was all about Jennicet Gutiérrez and Sophie Cruz taking on immigration reform.
It’s official: this year has been terrible. I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a year ending like I am with 2015. Are there good years as you get older? The stakes are far bigger and your bones tend to ache more. I guess I’ll let you know someday.
Remember back when things felt kind of boring and repetitive and you were waiting for some sort of excitement? You should have enjoyed that—boring is good, boring is peaceful.
Now I know.
It’s a bit gloomy in here and Vivek took some pictures. Less gloomy posts coming up I PROMISE. Warning: No Vivek pics this time SOWEEEEEE.
I didn’t really understand why my older sister would insist on taking me to see movies with Salma Hayek when I was a kid. She always said it was important to support our people. I thought Salma was pretty.
I get it now; representation is important. Like Junot Diaz says, to not be reflected in the world will make you feel like a monster. That idea, and the anti-immigration policies from our government in the past 10 years, led me to draw six Blue Jays this weekend. Yes, the baseball team.
It seems like we only like immigrants when they are winning our games, not when they come here trying to survive our wars.
This is a bit of an ‘I SEE U’ to my Latinxs on the active Blue Jays’ roster. You make me proud and you make me care.
Thanks for still tuning in. This site is run by a depressive which means enthusiasm can wane and motivation can completely disappear. This year has been one of those and I have been lucky enough to have the support and the means to get some extra help along the way. I think it says a lot that I want to return to this space when I am able to do so—I like it here and I believe. In the spirit of thanks, I’m also so grateful for Vivek Shraya; she’s been holding down the site with a lot of care and passion during my hiatus.
There are a lot of ideas floating around and I hope to make some happen while goddess gives me the energy. In the meantime, enjoy some fall looks from VS and KCC.
I’ve taught myself to braid my own hair. It only took forever!
Vivek and me looking back on 2014 with our faves.
This was actually such a difficult shoot to do. We were under time restraints since my photoboo, Vivek, is touring tons — check out info on the US tour here. It also winter now (kind of) with plenty of darkness. We work really hard to get the best photographs but in the end, neither of us has extensive training. And daylight has been our friend.
It’s been a while since we’ve done an outfit. Summer was busy for me. I had to prepare for a real life show about this very site. You can find a bit of info about that here. Can’t lie; there was a bit of pressure to follow up Garfield too. Then I decided I couldn’t.
Last shorts of the year.
I had the chance to translate the concept of this website into an art exhibit in my hometown of Edmonton. I called it #flawlessyeg; a nod to the Queen and YEG (Edmonton).
Here’s my statement:
self-love and other attempts by karen campos castillo
HEART-BEATS.CA began talking about clothing and fashion in 2013 as a way to also discuss bodies seldom represented in popular culture and online communities; bodies that are fat, bodies that are brown and bodies that are queer—bodies like my own. #flawlessyeg is heartbeats IRL—showcasing our bodies, hoping to find true love in the next selfie.
Big thanks to Chelsea and the Drawing Room for hosting me. I would also like to acknowledge Vivid Print and Sign Works in Edmonton for producing the best quality materials for me.
Here’s what the show looked like: