When I Talk About About Taking Up Space

This is my personal conclusion to the series of interviews I conducted for Polyester, ‘Collective Practices- Making Space For Female Creativity’. The story of how I came to write these and the struggles surrounding women and the spaces in which they reside. When I talk about taking up space, I don’t just mean literal space,...

Ugh, Boys.

[cycloneslider id=”2750″] First in a new regular comic series by Miu Stead.

Polyester First Birthday Celebrations- A Day of Panels & Workshops.

  To celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch of our first zine we invite contributors past and present, as well as the Polyester team, to curate a full day of feminist n queer workshops and panels. ʸ(ᴖ́◡ु⚈᷉)♡⃛ (♡ ὅ ◡ ὅ )ʃ♡  Fundraising for Polyester issue four. Tickets are £8 for the full day,...

Polyester Meets Juno Calypso

Juno Calypso is a young photographer and filmmaker whose self-portraits are making waves. Much of her work features one character, ‘Joyce’ – posed by Juno herself – in a range of enigmatic situations. Joyce is a shapeshifter with a fabulous wardrobe – in ‘Disenchanted Simulation’ she’s blonde, kneeling on a sofa in a frilly polyester gown,...

Creative Practises- Grace Miceli

For the latest instalment of Creative Practises- creating space for female creativity, we talk to Grace Miceli, a multimedia artist and curator currently living in New York. Grace’s work, notably her T-shirts named Drizzy Inflammatory Essays, (where Grace prints Drake lyrics in the style of Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays), are all over the Internet right...

In Conversation With- Skinny Girl Diet

As part of our poster collaborations, all this week we’re previewing our ‘in conversation with’ pieces which accompany the A2 posters. Second is Skinny Girl Diet… Already endorsed by the likes of Neneh Cherry, Skinny Girl Diet are taking London as their own and changing the industries perception of all female bands while their at...

❤ Gyrl Gaze- Christina Poku ❤

“She does the work”. That’s the first phrase that popped into my mind when I first stumbled across Christina Poku. I was instantly hit by the variety and consistency; at first glance, one can immediately tell that Christina is an artist that does work.

“I don’t want to make something that’s universally enjoyed.”- Reba Maybury

Walking through the Barbican café clad in an ankle length black PVC coat, emblazoned with badges that read, “tory slave” and “bollocks to austerity, tax the rich”, Reba Maybury isn’t your typical ex fashion student.

❤ Gyrl Gaze- Tabita Rezaire ❤

The internet is a space that is moved and navigated by the other; marginalized people, women, queer kids, immigrants, etc. At least, this is what I’ve always believed. With the flow of discourse and art that exists on the internet amongst people of colour, women, and queer folk,

Feminism and the Male Gaze

Taking a closer look at the way feminism and publicly embracing sexuality fit together. When Emma Watson publicly voiced her concern about Beyoncé’s feminism being “very conflicted” because of the “male voyeuristic experience of her” earlier last year, even the last person had to admit that she still had a long way to go. The...

Collective Practises: Milah Libin of Smart Girl Club

For this instalment of Collective Practices we talk to Milah Libin, a New York based artist and writer. With her close friend Destiny Frasqueri, (Princess Nokia), Milah started Smart Girl Club collective, focusing on creating a safe space for female creativity.

Collective Practises: Sofia Niazi

Our Collective Practices: Creating Space For Female Creativity, series continues with Sofia Niazi, illustrator and Co-founder of OOMK, (One Of My Kind), zine. Sofia’s illustrations are poignant and insightful, her series WOT, (Women Of Terror), highlights how injustices brought on by the war on terror affect women and families. Another series, for the Museum of...