The artist giving emotional labour 4 FREE

Bex Ilsley is an artist based in Coventry who started her career on Instagram and has even been promoted by Miley Cyrus. Ilsley explains her work, Fire Sale! about women’s emotional labour. “Fire Sale! was a streamed performance which was projected live onto a huge wall at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea in October 2016. I…

Invisible & III

Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body. We all have good and bad days, but in the last decade the number of people affected by mental health issues has steadily risen and experts are now calling it a ‘slow-growing epidemic’. Mental health embodies so many things and cannot be…

Will AI make the beauty industry less racist?

The beauty industry is rarely recognised for its racial inclusivity. Primarily, because it’s lacking. Ill-informed in-store consultants ​and ​brands that perpetuate insensitive racial stereotypes​ ​only scrape the surface of the problems that lie within an industry that has never succeeded in catering to non-white customers. But Artificial Intelligence experts and entrepreneurs believe that with recent…

Oh, heck. Titanic.
Monthly alternative movie poster comic by the fabulous Charlotte Tymm
Woman, Director, Writer …Nicole Chávez

At only 17, Nicole Chávez has already caught the attention of The Love Witch’s director, Anna Biller (earlier this year, Biller retweeted Chávez’s latest short film) as well its eponymous star, Samantha Robinson, who is one of Chávez’s thousands of Instagram followers. It’s fitting that Chávez’s influences should connect with her via the internet, as…

When it comes to Elouiza, all that glitters is gold
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbkaXI2Dlak&feature=youtu.be The formidable singer/songwriter Elouiza is an artist working within the relms of music, fashion and film. Heres what Elouiza has to say about her new Amy-Winehouse-esque song Gold."The song Gold was a therapeutic process writing it with my 'basically -cousin' Jilaine. I started writing it at time when the person who it’s about nearly snuffed out...
Meet Kady Grant

Rebecca Morgan in conversation with artist Kady Grant on her playful painting practice and the importance of humor in art. RM: Can you tell me more about your upbringing and personal narrative? How have some of those experiences from your navigations shaped you or influenced you as an artist and human? KG: I think one…

Blonde Bombshells

From Karina Longworth’s phenomenal podcast series Dead Blondes (where 5 out of the 11 Blondes profiled were of the Bombshell persona variety), to Tumblr fan pages, it seems that society is still obsessed by the idea of the Old Hollywood “Blonde Bombshell”. While Hollywood has had many popular blonde actresses during its century-odd existence, (from…

A Queer Anthology of Rage

Writer Megan Wallace interviews artist Rich Porter about Pilot Press, exploring a spectrum of emotions through a queer lens, Pilot Press is back — and up in arms — with its latest offering. Anger has long been cast as a destructive force, an emotion which razes, rather than builds, bridges. However, true beauty can be born from…

The Currency Of Authenticity: What it means for women in pop

Let us begin with an ancient platitude, from the sacred scrolls buried deep within the comment section of any Youtube music video.‘I listen to REAL music.’ The idea of music being ‘authentic’, staying true to a collection of imagined principles is still at the very core of its credibility. But what is this idea of…

Whats hot or not in 2019 with Travis Alabanza

If you don’t already know the force that is Travis Alabanza, where have you been? Travis is a non-binary performer, writer and theatre-maker who made big waves in 2018 for Gender non-conforming and trans community. Polyester speaks to Travis on their personal experience in 2018 and what’s hot or not in 2019. ❣ ❣ ❣…

Pigtails & Pink: How Baby Spices’ girly image inspired a fight back against the male gaze

The Spice Girls’ members were branded with just one word each, a word that identified them and defined them. Together, all five could have embodied an actual whole of the every-girl, yet each individual took one fifth of that whole as their personality; her anger, her innocence, her cheekiness, her dignity and her physicality. These five…