Meet the artist behind February's 2021 cover art of Lady Times magazine - Tabitha Burtrum! The Lady Box team was randomly scrolling through our Instagram feed when we stumbled upon her account. When we saw what she was creating and what she is all about - we just had to reach out and talk about a collaboration. She was wonderful enough to create this custom illustration for our February 2021 Lady Box theme - Falling in Love With Your Cycle.
And because all artists should be paid and recognized for their work, we not only compensated Tabitha for her wonderful time and work - we wanted to give our subscribers and community the opportunity to get to know her more. So check out her interview on the next page and be sure to follow her on Instagram at @period_prophetess.
Question : Who is the artist behind the cover art?
Answer: Hi there! I’m an illustrator who’s currently based in South Dakota. My subject matter focuses on menstruation. Through my work, I hope to promote period positivity and awareness in a fun, unique way. At the same time, I want to empower menstruators and inform everyone who’s willing to learn.
Question: Why did you start the Period Prophetess?
A: This is a long story, but at first I just wanted to make digital artwork, I’ve always loved drawing, but I only recently switched from an analog to a digital medium. In order to keep practicing digital illustration, I scheduled Instagram posts. I also carved out a niche, so I had a specific subject matter to draw.
A big reason why I cover periods and related topics is, after finding newer period product brands, I noticed that a lot of the established companies need to be modernized and more relatable. There's plenty of room for innovation, and I just find menstruation fascinating.
Question: Are you in love with your menstrual cycle?
A: That’s an interesting question that I haven’t really considered until now. The short answer is I’m neutral toward my menstrual cycle. However, I’m thankful to have it as an indicator of good health.
I don’t think anything can be done for me to love my cycle, but that’s okay! Personally, I don’t feel the need to condemn or celebrate it. I’ve come to better understand it and how my body reacts to it, and that’s good enough for me.
Question: What was the inspiration to create the illustration you made for Lady Box?
A: I love what Lady Box is doing; so, when I was approached to create an illustration, I couldn’t refuse! As for what inspired the actual imagery, there were a few things: the theme of self-love, how people practice self-care, and the products that Lady Box offers.
Question: How do you practice period self-care?
A: The way I practice self-care is by giving myself time to relax and do nothing “productive.” A few activities I enjoy in my spare time are reading comics, watching anime, and playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Question: What advice do you have for young menstruators?
A: Please learn about menstruation sooner rather than later. There’s so much that school doesn’t teach you, and there are so many falsities that society perpetuates. If you understand what a period is and how cycles work, a lot of shame and stigma disappears.
Question: What advice do you have for seasoned (18 and older) menstruators?
A: If you haven’t done so already, get in touch with your cycle and learn about it. Also, if you’re financially able, consider switching to reusable, eco-friendly period products.
For both new and seasoned menstruator: Take time to learn about your cycle, and discover what makes you feel good when you’re menstruating.