Pictured above is The Brown Paper Bag Test (2016-2018) by Ashley A. Jones, which speaks to the painful legacy of colourism among African-Americans. The “paper bag test” was used as a marker of privilege and beauty—if you were lighter than the paper bag, you passed the test. The text across the bags reads: “YOUR BEAUTY IS NOT DEFINED BY THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN.” Ashley was my studio mate when we completed the FAC Residency together in 2017.

Pictured above is The Brown Paper Bag Test (2016-2018) by Ashley A. Jones, which speaks to the painful legacy of colourism among African-Americans. The “paper bag test” was used as a marker of privilege and beauty—if you were lighter than the paper bag, you passed the test. The text across the bags reads: “YOUR BEAUTY IS NOT DEFINED BY THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN.” Ashley was my studio mate when we completed the FAC Residency together in 2017.

By PK Mutch

News media entrepreneur, freelance journalist, Canadian Association of Journalists member, former book publishing executive, zine-maker and startup professional.  Marigold Capital advisory board. Recipent of Inspiring Top 50 Women in STEM in 2018. Profiled in Canada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions and Luminaries. Founder  and former President of award-winning Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, Canada's 8th B-Corp, which under her leadership received the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation (2009). Petra currently works to advance inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation in public policy and startup ecosystems with a particular emphasis on gender equity.  Petra is the founding publisher of Liisbeth. Follow Petra on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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