Vanity Care on Valentines

What is value? Well, it can revolve around a lot of things. Summer Scott explores her own Self Love and Vanity Care in a Valentines photo series. Vanity Care is a term I use to refer to outright self-indulgence in the mental well being of ourselves. We are starting skin care routines but for the...

Happy Galentine’s Day!

A cat lady is a cultural archetype often depicted as a woman, a middle-aged or eldery spinster, who owns many pet cats. The term traditonally considered negative, though in 2019 being a cat lady is something to strive for; an independent icon. This photo series by Bethany Vargas depicts our only mood this Galentine’s Day. ❤ Photographer:Bethany Vargas...

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...

So totally BOR3D

Our complete January mood tbh. BOR3D is a tale of 10 eccentric female characters by French photographer and art director Pol Kurucz. Through visual allegories and pop aesthetics each character uses their own singularities to provoke the viewer and challenge social and aesthetic norms. The series mixing fashion and fine art features atypical models and creations from...

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...

Oh, heck. Titanic.

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...

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...

Question everything with ‘a Guide to Thinking Critically About Your Sexuality”

New Year calls for self reflection: A Guide to Thinking Critically About Your Sexuality A comfortable, acceptable queer narrative begins so: “Ever since I was a child, I knew I was different”. I didn’t. In fact, I was explicitly taught otherwise. I knew I was loved. I knew I had friends, talents, and privilege afforded...

No More Sleeps! Eleven Pipers Piping

For the Polyester twelve days of Christmas finale, G Lucas Going transforms into the perfect little tree… ✮✭✮✭✮✭ ✮✭✮✭✮✭ Art Direction by Anne laure Franchette. Photography by Phillipa Bloomfield. Featuring Georgia Lucas Going. To check out the rest of our alternative advent series, click here.