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...

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...

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...

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...