Listen to our Special Podcast Episode with Rose McGowan

We’re back, and chatting to activist, artist and actress Rose McGowan for this instalment of The Polyester Podcast. This week we’ll be interrupting our normal scheduling to bring you a one-parter with activist, actress, and artist Rose McGowan. Whether you know her from Charmed, her work across the teen genre in the ’90s, or her...

Our Third Podcast Episode Explores Skincare, Stress, and Fan Girl Culture

Episode three is here! In this instalment of The Polyester Podcast, visual artist Chloe Sheppard jumps in as guest host to talk us through everything she loves about fandom and fangirls for our ‘obsessions’ series. From following around musicians on tour to becoming a touring photographer herself, we learn how being a fan has informed...

Why has a company in Japan released a ranking of “University students with easy-access girls”?

Celebrating the centenary of when women won the right to vote, 2018 proved to be positive in many ways regarding the status of women and equal rights.  However, as you might expect, it also revealed the need to continue the campaign as well.  There is a global element to feminism today, which couldn’t have been...

Erratic and Enigmatic

Never before released official biography and intimate drawings depicting sneak peek into the life of Glasgow’s most fabulous performer  Liv Fontaine hatched from a large and ornate Faberge egg somewhere int he later part of the 21st Century. The mysterious artist (who some call an enigma) describes her unusual birth as her first memory and...

The Second Podcast Episode is Here: Featuring Polly Nor and sex expert Ruby Rare

The illustrator and issue eight cover girl talks us through her vintage matchbox collection, while Ruby dispels all the myths surrounding our contraceptive choices If you somehow missed our first episode (catch up here if so); we’ve started a podcast series! Released every two weeks on a Monday, we’ll be exploring what makes our favourite...

A tale of non-monogamous relationship’s

I was Queer in the Past, Am I Queer in the Future? At this point, most millennials know of someone or another who is in an “open” relationship. Non-monogamous compacts sound utopic but they are not without their sandstorms. These relationships consist of two or more people in agreement that their dynamic has the capacity...

Ghosting – is this just real life, or should it be fantasy?

Boo it’s a ghost, and not even a cute Casper-like cartoon ghost we know and love, I’m talking about the ghosts in your closet. And tbh, however much we wish they would stay there, this closet doesn’t have a lock, and anyway – ghosts can walk through walls remember? They can’t be trapped away by...

Purple Girls, Purple Girls.

Love is in the air, and Polyester carries on our LOVE WEEK feature with this poem by Eleanor Alice Hurley, on how ‘Purple Girls Inspired Me to Be a Woman’ Purple Girls inspired me to be a woman,  I realised,  After tireless disappointment, uncertainty, a disassociated glance in the glass,  Running a race where I...

Valentines week love potions for your lover, friends or self

Sarah Strongarms, tattooist based in London has concocted some love potions for this week of Eros ; True Love, Self Love or Friendship. True Love Potion A little concoction for true love. A sprig of rosemary, a branch from a wild rose and a rose quartz in their oil.  – Rosemary can cleanse the bad energy...

How (NOT) to talk to guys at parties…

An ode to straight guys and their broken flirting sensors (or their entitled toxic attitude related to “the chase”). From the guy who mistakes basic conversation with flirting and who’s girlfriend follows closely oozing passive aggressiveness, how does one politely drop “I’m not actually interested in you, you’re reading this situation wrong” mid-chat? To the guy who goes from...

Listen to the first episode of our podcast!

We’re taking our first steps into the world of audio communication with our very own podcast series – hear the first offering right here. Bridging the gap between our online platform and the biannual print zine, we’re super excited to be exploring the world of podcasts with an eight part series getting under the skin...

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...