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Episode 156 [in English]: Lena Harbali

Lena Harbali is an LA-based Syrian-American multidisciplinary artist working in fashion, writing, music, visual art, and more. Lena discusses how growing up in various places – Michigan, Belgium, and Japan – shaped her perspective on the world. She recounts her journey into designing, and eventually modeling, with the goal of making fashion for all body types and gender expressions. She also talks about recording her recent EP, embracing her voice, and releasing the throat chakra. We discuss how art can at once be a form of expression and something to hide behind – and learning to share ourselves more directly with the world. 

Lena’s new fashion line Queens Armor comes out on April 30th – be sure to check it out!
Follow @lenaharbali on IG; check out her website here: https://www.lenaharbali.com/
Dress @harbalicouture
Model @lenaharbalimodel
Photo @madelynnefarinellaphoto
MUA @makeupbymiarai

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Episode 155 [in English]: Spirit Swapping with Alex of SoftNotWeak

Alex (Lebanese, pronouns they/them) co-founder  studio SoftNotWeak discusses with Ellie their new game currently in development called Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 To. It is an action-puzzle game set in a lush, narrative-driven world of witchy demons. Everyone is non-binary in this one.

Ellie and Alex discuss killing ourselves for a white audience, white education by minorities in corporate America, hating on trash representation, Call of Duty, QPOC joy, business structuring, the over representation of traumatized white lesbians as a genre, the failures of changing the system from within, the Gerudo apologists that are us, excellent head cannon, the most important question of our age: “why shouldn’t all characters be queer SWANA folk.”

This gets super nerdy! Come for the indie dev interview, stay for the Zelda fannon.

Episode Links!

Game demo here! https://softnotweak.itch.io/
Kicktstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/softnotweak/spirit-swap – also has a demo link
SoftNotWeak  https://twitter.com/SoftNotWeak
Alex’s Twitter https://twitter.com/dirtbagboyfren
Game site https://www.spiritswapgame.com/
Steam Page https://store.steampowered.com/app/1592170/Spirit_Swap_Lofi_Beats_to_Match3_To/
Outro song was the Spirit Swap theme by melty canon ( https://soundcloud.com/MELTYCANON )  which you can listen to and follow here on sound cloud https://soundcloud.com/user-473041563/spirit-swap-theme-by-meltycanon

Promised Art!

Note: this episode was posted early to give their kickstarter more exposure and is our episode for the week!

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