Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Twin Peaks Mini Collection



With the long awaited  (26 years) season 3 Twin Peaks series released this Monday, we have paid homage to David Lynch's greatest piece of work by creating an inspired mini jewellery collection.  

I will admit that I am relatively new to Twin Peaks fandom myself. However I recall my parents talking about it non stop when I was younger. They lived for it weekly on channel 2 really late at night, none of their friends watched it, they thought it was 'weird' and didn't get it. I remember when it got cancelled, they were devastated. I desperately wanted to watch with them, log ladies, a man who talked backwards, owls, what could be more intriguing? But they said I was too young to watch. They did let me watch X Files a few years later, I guess because it was campy and you could sort of predict when Mulder or Scully were going to get into japes with the monster of the week, and my Mum would cover my eyes for any dodgy bits. But Lynch's unpredictability meant Twin Peaks was not suitable watching for 7 year old me. 


Twin Peaks was never repeated on UK TV, so when I was able to buy DVDs there was always something preferable to spend my money on. Plus I assumed (wrongly) it might not have aged very well, so I put it off until those early days of Netflix.  I think it was one of the first things I watched maybe 6 or 7 years ago and I binged in less than a week. Then I walked to HMV to try and get Fire Walk With Me, but they didn't have it. So I tried to get it on Amazon, and all the other online places. Nowhere had it? In the end I borrowed someones ancient warped VHS. It didn't matter because it was honestly one of the scariest things I have ever seen in my life and I was hooked. It lived up to every expectation I had ever had since I was 7 years old. 


There are lots of iconic things about Twin Peaks that I could have done, or have been done like cherry pie, coffee, owls,  blue roses, logs even, but for me everything builds up to the lodge. It is so built up that the mere thought of it makes me feel a bit ill. And the sign. Oh I have stared at that sign for ages, I think everything about it is perfect, the colour palette, the simplicity, it is so iconic


Keeping the above in mind, I made this mini collection with the idea that it would be wearable all the time and not a glaringly obvious homage to Lynch's masterpiece, but at the same time if you want to point out that it is, I hope that people will be able to recognise that straight away.  I shall leave you with this, the great words of Agent Dale Cooper 

"Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair or two cups of good hot black coffee."

The collection is available here, and you can watch season 3 this Monday 22nd May on Sky Atlantic or Now TV.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Zines

I recently read this really good article by Jenna Wortham on how the internet hadn't killed Zines, when by rights it probably should had, and I got to thinking about all the incredible women I know who make them. So Today being international women day,  I wanted to share with you some incredible women and their Zines. What is a Zine you might ask me? A Zine is a self published, self made, self put together (I mean you are stapling all those pages till your hand cramps) pamphlet /booklet mini magazine on, well, just about anything you like! I have been involved in making Zines since I was 15 way back when I used to interview boys in super serious bands for local band Zines and ask them stupid questions about soaps and completely ignore anything to do with their guitar pedals or actual music. I guess that is why I never made it as a music journalist.


Bloody Hell


Soofiya describes herself on twitter as a 'Graphic Designer & Illustrator' but also as 'Anarcho-trash. and Hijabi punk scum' which is up there with some of the best twitter bio I have ever seen. In 2015 Soofiya created Bloody Hell, the period Zine. Bloody Hell is collaborative Zine about periods which includes written pieces about experiences , art work, drawings and information about menstruation. 


Soofiya wanted to create Bloody Hell because talking about periods is so often 'dominated by the experiences of cis white women' and also to break the taboo of what is all so often seen as a shameful subject. Soofiya crowdfunded Bloody Hell so that it could be made into something incredibly special printed on high quality paper, that came with little gifts and a launch party(!). Soof also designed this incredible ring that we then laser cut for her. 

This is my favourite Zine I own and as someone who has PCOs and Endometriosis and has been on contraceptives since she was 13, I wish so much this had been around when I was a teenager. 


Bloody Hell Zine is on its second edition and can be bought here.  Soofiya has also created a new Zine called Radical Softness 'a feminist poetry pocketbook. With poems about self-love, PTSD, DV, resistance, swimming and gardens' and can be bought here. Why not check out the rest of Soofiyas etsy shop too?


Dump Him/Don't Dump Him

I have known Kirby on Twitter for a while now, but I feel like our paths should have crossed at Harrow Skate Park or some post hardcore gig somewhere else in North London 15 years ago. She is incredible and has become, hands down, one of my favourite people in the world. 

Last year Kirby posted the iconic Britney Dump Him T-Shirt image and asked if anyone would like to make a Zine with her based around the idea. Kirby says that it was really just a laugh but she had such an overwhelming response of people submitting pieces, telling her 'how cathartic they found the process, getting out words they always wanted to about a situation they're no longer in' that Dump Him Zine was made. After some consideration, Kirby decided to make the Zine an equal Dump Him/Don't Dump him (hey we all need some hope and inspiration).

Kirby also designed not one, but two exclusive pins to accompany the Dump Him Zine and I have had the privilege to see one of them early and it is GOOD. Both myself and our Sister site Bimbo Movie Bash contributed to Dump Him Zine, but I am not revealing which is my submission! You should go buy this Zine right now, and you can do so with or without the pins here.

Portions of the sales of Dump Him Zine will go to Sisters Uncut who are an activist group who use direct action to help stop cuts to domestic violence services across the country, and also Off the Record, a mental health support and information service for young people in Bristol.


Waves

Most of you will know Vanessa by her alias Sarcastathon, a formidable force on the internet. Last night my Mum asked me how I knew her and I had to admit that she was the coolest internet indie it girl of the early 00s, a true Camden hero and that the fact that we whatsapp each other daily now is somewhat amazing to me. 

Vanessa has created Waves as what she calls a Chapbook (which I reckon is a Zine but who am I to tell an artist what their work is!). Waves is about 'love, loss, surgery, and trying to put yourself together in a time of trauma.' I am not here to tell Vanessa's story but I think if you want to know more about a single poor working class woman navigating through what most people would never dream of doing alone then this is the Zine for you. Vanessa's writing is so beautiful and moving, every time she sends me anything to read I am incredibly moved and I am so jealous she articulates how I feel and can never put down in words about things from food to sex. 

Waves also comes with an exclusive pin (these Zine people are REALLY spoiling you!) and can be bought here



Burnt Roti 




OK so this is not a Zine,  however, as I truly believe that making a Zine is all about DIY, hard work and slogging your guts out to produce a beautiful piece of work, often on your own, then Burnt Roti deserves to be in this post. Sharan  wanted to 'give South Asians a platform to talk about and showcase talent' and Burnt Roti is not only in print, but also an online magazine and has its own youtube platform as well. After crowdfunding and lots of self confessed panic and stressing Issue 1 has just been released. You can buy back issues, fridge magnets and badges here! 


Special mentions 

Siobhan: If/When Siobhan releases her swearing Granny Zine I will want to deconstruct it and frame every single page. Creating Zines about her work and Brighton she has so much talent it makes me sick to be honest. Check out her shop here. Kirsty: All her Zines on being poor/fat/queer/working class are sold out but honestly nothing else has ever spoken to me more, keep an eye out on her shop and at fairs. Gross Up Close: Robyn is working on a Hackers Zine currently and needs submissions go and check it out.

There are literally hundreds of women making Zines out there, and workshops on how to do them. If you aren't confident in doing your own then why not contribute to one to get going? 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Valentines Collection 2017



I wanted to go full on cheese with the Valentines collection, with an teen 80's ~dare I say~ software vibe. When someone says Valentines day when you are 16, and you conjure up all these tacky images?Well seeing this Lookbook in all its glory I think I achieved it. Fizzy rosé wine complete with cork and glittery holographic fizz. Gaudy heart shaped box of chocolates, with huge bow, but they are dark chocolate not milk, so probably inedible. Finally some forecourt roses in mirror earring form. Pink or red you choose.

I think that's everything? Maybe except the cheap card shop cuddly toy, but you just end up burning it with the remnants of that relationships, photos, cinema tickets, your first condom wrapper, and other weird stuff you kept. Or if you weren't a pyromaniac like my mates and me, your Mum makes you keep it and you put it in the loft and it gets mouldy and damp. Hey ho.  











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