The Polyester Podcast
LIVE: How to be a Positive Force For Creative Change

LIVE: How to be a Positive Force For Creative Change

September 8, 2019

It's our live episode! For this instalment of the podcast, we're transmitting live from the Ace Hotel in London. In a special extended ask an expert section, Polyester editor in chief Ione Gamble will be picking the brains of three young femme creatives on how to be a positive force for creative change.

 

Featuring creative and model Sophia Tassew, photographer / Depop seller and general superstar Jender Anomie, and photographer / art director Alia Romagnoli. The trio tell our host about facing adversity in the creative industries, how they began in their careers, how to create meaningful work, and much more.

We'll also be discussing if the fashion industry is beyond repair, why there is no time limit on your creativity, ambition, or worth, and how to stay motivated when pursuing your dream gets too much. 

 

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-hosted and produced by Olivia Graham. Thank you to our assistant Jemima Skala. This weeks artwork has been created by episode guest Liv Thurley. The Polyester podcast is supported by Depop, with new episodes released every other week.

 

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

 

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials. 

 

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Tavi Gevinson on the URL World, and Esme Blegvad on the Titanic

Tavi Gevinson on the URL World, and Esme Blegvad on the Titanic

August 26, 2019

This episode, we're really excited to be joined by two amazing guests who have both featured in or contributed to the zine; writer, actor and Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson, and artist Esme Blegvad.

For our ask an expert section, we're talking to previous Polyester cover girl Tavi Gevinson about all things concerning the state of the internet. After closing Rookie, the platform for teenage girls, last year — Tavi discusses how the URL world has changed; from personal brands, to finding yourself in online communities, what makes her hopeful, and much more.

In this episodes obsession section, we're joined by artist Esme Blegvad; who will be revealing her life long obsession with the film Titanic. Talking us through owning the soundtrack before seeing the film, the film itself igniting her pre-teen burgeoning love of Leonardo DiCaprio, forcing everyone she knows to watch it and knowing the script off by heart in multiple languages.

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-hosted and produced by Olivia Graham. Thank you to our assistant Jemima Skala. This weeks artwork has been created by episode guest Esme Blegvad. The Polyester podcast is supported by Depop, with new episodes released every other week.

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials. 

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The (Chronic) Illness Episode With Panteha Abareshi & Sick Sad Girlz

The (Chronic) Illness Episode With Panteha Abareshi & Sick Sad Girlz

August 12, 2019

In a special themed episode of the podcast, we're discussing all things (chronic) illness related. Whether you deal with a chronic illness, disability, mental illness, or know someone who does; we'll be diving in to diagnosis, how to feel less alone, dealing with the hospital, finding a community, and much more.

Kicking off with ask an expert, we're speaking to Sick Sad Girlz, the Instagram account and online community helping those dealing with health conditions of any kind find their people and support. Asking their loyal followers to tell them where it hurts, in this chat we get to know Sick Sad Girlz founder Rosa Mercuriadis to find out why she started the account, and why building a community based on mutual understanding and shared experience is so vital for those dealing with health conditions. Rosa and Ione are joined by Sick Sad Girlz member and musician Kenzie,  and in this chat the trio tackle everything from wellness, to isolation, and what not to say to the Sick Sad Girlz in your life.

For this weeks Obsession series, Ione is talking to long-term Polyester contributor, 19 year old L.A based artist Panteha Abareshi, about their obsession with death; in particular in relation to their disability and chronic health issues. Diagnosed with Sickle Cell at a young age, Panteha creates art across a variety of mediums that tackles societies inability to talk seriously about illness, death, infertility and much more.

To accompany this episode, Panteha has donated a one-off print of her latest work, 'No Keepsakes', with all funds raised towards the sale being donated to The Disability Rights Education and Defence Fund. Click here to have a look, or search 'polyesterzine' in the Depop app and follow our shop! Every episode we'll be uploading special and exclusive items from our guests to raise money for charity. 

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-hosted and produced by Olivia Graham. Thank you to our assistant Jemima Skala. This weeks artwork has been created by episode guest Brie Moreno. The Polyester podcast is supported by Depop, with new episodes released every other week.

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials. 

The Polyester Podcast is supported by Depop.

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Fighting Imposter Syndrome With Celia Edell & Brie Moreno Teaches us to Thrift

Fighting Imposter Syndrome With Celia Edell & Brie Moreno Teaches us to Thrift

July 28, 2019

WE'RE BACK! And thrilled to be launching season two of The Polyester Podcast with our new producer and co-host Olivia Graham. We're sticking to the same format as season one, and are super excited to welcome two long term Polyester contributors on as our guests this week.

Kicking off with ask an expert, we speak to philosophy PhD candidate and self proclaimed 'lazy feminist vlogger' Celia Edell on how to combat imposter syndrome. From the constant dread that you aren't good enough, to dealing with entering a male-dominated environment such as academia, and dispelling the genius myth; Celia will disclose all she has learned in her years of experience in fighting off the dreaded feeling that you don't belong.

For the first of this seasons obsessions series, we're talking to illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist Brie Moreno — who will be telling us all about her long love affair with thrifting. We chat with Brie about using proxies to bypass location barriers and shop the best pre-loved designer items that Japanese auction sites have to offer, using her second hand finds as mood boards for her artistic practice and finding love in shopping sustainably. 

As well as illustration, Brie has recently cultivated a love of jewellery making. And in partnership with Depop, we've created our very own Polyester Depop shop to offer our listeners the chance to own one of Brie's hand cast, resin rings. One of a kind, all proceeds from the sale being donated to RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), the charity of Brie's choice.

Click here to have a look, or search 'polyesterzine' in the Depop app and follow our shop! Every episode we'll be uploading special and exclusive items from our guests to raise money for charity. 

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-hosted and produced by Olivia Graham. Thank you to our assistant Jemima Skala. This weeks artwork has been created by episode guest Brie Moreno. The Polyester podcast is supported by Depop, with new episodes released every other week.

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials. 

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Joey Yu on Love & How to Start a Fashion Brand with Hanger

Joey Yu on Love & How to Start a Fashion Brand with Hanger

May 20, 2019

For the season one finale, we're thrilled to be joined by guest host Jender Anomie to see out our final episode. In this instalment, we'll be chatting to illustrative artist Joey Yu about her obsession with love and other peoples relationships. For our ask an expert section, journalist Charlotte Gush chats to HANGER founder Claire Yurika Davis about the ins and outs of starting your own fashion label.

 

From initial funding, to entering talent competitions, and sourcing factories or putting together a fashion presentation, Claire fills us in on everything you need to know when entering the world of fashion design. With her latex and woven label, HANGER, being a brand that prides itself on being as sustainable as possible; Claire will also be telling us how to overcome the pitfalls of the industry and create a business that is as eco-friendly as possible for a young designer. 

 

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-produced by Alice Go (@alice.go) and George Townsend Teague  @georgettte_. Our episode artwork this week is by Joey Yu, who you can follow here.

 

The Polyester podcast season one is supported by Melissa Shoes. We're now searching for a season two partnership to be able to continue our independent, femme lead podcasting. If you're interested please get in touch at hello@polyesterzine.com.

 

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

 

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials.

 

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We would love to hear your feedback, please do leave a review, subscribe, or let us know what you think at podcast@polyesterzine.com

 

You can catch up with Melissa, our series partner, at @melissaofficial; and tag your looks #MELISSASQUAD so we can see!

How to Write Your First Book, and Outsider Syndrome With Parker Day

How to Write Your First Book, and Outsider Syndrome With Parker Day

May 13, 2019

It's the penultimate episode of the season! for our seventh instalment we're thrilled to be joined by writers Hannah Ewens and Zing Tsjeng to unpick the world of publishing and tell us how to write your first book.

 

Both having recently published their first books; Hannah and Zing cover how to get a literary agent, juggling workloads alongside a full time job, sexism in the publishing industry, how to stay focused, and everything you need to know before putting pen to paper.

 

We're also catching up with photographer and Polyester contributor Parker Day to talk all things outsider syndrome for our obsessions series. Building a career based on championing societies outsiders; Parker will be telling us where her obsession with weirdos first began, and how her portraits of these characters have fed into fostering a sense of community and empathy in an increasingly hostile world.

 

You can follow Zing here, and Hannah here. You can also order Zing's Forgotten Women book series here, and pre-order Hannah's first book here.

 

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-produced by Alice Go (@alice.go) and George Townsend Teague  @georgettte_. Our episode artwork this week is by Parker Day, who you can follow here.

 

The Polyester podcast is supported by Melissa Shoes, with new episodes released every other week.

 

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

 

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials.

 

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We would love to hear your feedback, please do leave a review, subscribe, or let us know what you think at podcast@polyesterzine.com

 

You can catch up with Melissa, our series partner, at @melissaofficial; and tag your looks #MELISSASQUAD so we can see!

Fat Femme Dating Advice & Travis Alabanza

Fat Femme Dating Advice & Travis Alabanza

April 28, 2019

For episode six of The Polyester Podcast, we welcome back photographer Chloe Sheppard to guest host with Polyester editor in chief Ione Gamble.  We’re also joined by Honey Ross and Talia Darling, who will discussing with us the unique challenges of dating as a fat person. Honey and Talia will be answering your questions on dating as a fat femme, asked by you via Instagram, and covering topics including self love, overcoming insecurity, avoiding being fetishised and much more.

 

For our obsessions series, this episode we talk to the amazing Travis Alabanza. The artist  — whose practice spans writing, performance, theatre and more —  will be telling us all about their love of lists. A keen list maker since aged 11, Travis will talk us through how they use lists for everything and everything; from the light-hearted top five things from the corner shop, to Travis’ use of lists as a self preservation tactic, collaboration technique, and a way to process their unique take on the world around us. Travis also tells us their top tips for getting into the world of list making.

 

Alongside Fat Femme Dating, we've also created an ode to self love letters in a special photo series to accompany this episode, which you can check out here. 

 

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-produced by Alice Go (@alice.go) and George Townsend Teague  @georgettte_. Our episode artwork this week is also by George.

 

The Polyester podcast is supported by Melissa Shoes, with new episodes released every other week.

 

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

 

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials.

 

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We would love to hear your feedback, please do leave a review, subscribe, or let us know what you think at podcast@polyesterzine.com

 

You can catch up with Melissa, our series partner, at @melissaofficial; and tag your looks #MELISSASQUAD so we can see!

The Sad Girl Episode Ft. Melissa Broder and Rachel Hodgson

The Sad Girl Episode Ft. Melissa Broder and Rachel Hodgson

April 14, 2019
It's the sad girl episode! Guest hosted by beloved Polyester contributor and writer Lauren O'Neill. We're super excited to be talking to Melissa Broder, the writer behind Twitter account So Sad Today, about her novel The Pisces.  Melissa and Lauren discuss how to navigate the void of our existence, the enmeshing of intimate relationships with our mental health, love, loss, abjection and everything in between. Melissa also offers her tips on writing across multiple mediums, the jump from memoir to fiction, and much more. 

 

For our obsessions series, this episode we catch up with artist Rachel Hodgson — who will be pouring her heart out and confessing her love for crying alone on public transport. Including the catharsis a good public weep brings, to her go to songs when shedding a tear on the bus, and the privilege of embracing our feminine hysteria in the age of the internet. 

 

Melissa's novel The Pisces, which has been longlisted for The Women's Prize for Fiction 2019, is available now on paperback and we love it! Click here to get a copy of your own. And keep up with Rachel's work here.  This weeks episode artwork is also made by Rachel. 

 

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-produced by Alice Go (@alice.go) and  George Townsend Teague  @georgettte_. The Polyester podcast is supported by Melissa Shoes, with new episodes released every other week.

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

 

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials. 

 

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Head to @melissaofficial to keep up with Melissa, and tag your looks #MELISSASQUAD so we can see!

A Queer History Lesson and How to Own Your Quarter Life Crisis

A Queer History Lesson and How to Own Your Quarter Life Crisis

March 31, 2019
Episode four is here! We're back to our normal format, and this episode sees multi-medium artist Misha MN (@mx_misha) talk us through the intrinsic link between queer culture, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and what it's most iconic stars can teach us today as part of our obsessions series. 

 

Expect to learn about how Hollywood censorship laws interrupted progressive cinema in the 30s, why queer people became so fascinated with Hollywood Golden Era actresses, and how these women subverted societal expectations to become legends in their own right. 

 

We also talk to Sirin Kale (@thedalstonyears), journalist and Associate editor of Vice's Broadly about how to mobilise your quarter life crisis into a successful career change. As this episodes ask an expert, Sirin also tells us all about Broadly's 'Unfollow Me' campaign, which stands up for victims of domestic violence and stalking. 

As part of this campaign, Sirin is campaigning for the creation of the stalkers register. You can sign the petition, and check out more of unfollow me, here:https://unfollowme.vice.com/

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble (@ionegamble), and co-produced by Alice Go (@alice.go) and  George Townsend Teague  @georgettte_. The Polyester podcast is supported by Melissa Shoes, with new episodes released every other week.

 

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world. Have faith in your own bad taste!

 

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com, or @polyesterzine on all socials. 

 

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Head to @melissaofficial to keep up with Melissa, and tag your looks #MELISSASQUAD so we can see!

 

Special Episode: Rose McGowan

Special Episode: Rose McGowan

March 17, 2019
We're back with a special episode! 

 

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 more recent work campaigning against sexual assault and abuse of power in Hollywood and the wider world; we learn more about Rose's life, activism, and creative outputs in her interview with Polyester editor in chief and podcast host Ione Gamble.

 

Keep up with Rose here, and grab tickets for her live tour here. To watch the apology video mentioned in our intro and produced by Pink News, click here

 

The Polyester Podcast is brought to you by Polyester's founding editor in chief Ione Gamble, produced by Alice Go and supported by Melissa Shoes.

 

Polyester is a self published culture zine exploring intersectional URL feminism in the IRL world.  

 

Have faith in your own bad taste!

 

To keep up with Polyester zine, head to: polyesterzine.com and @polyesterzine on all socials.  #ThePolyesterPodcast

 

Check out @melissaofficial to keep up with Melissa, and tag your looks #MELISSASQUAD so we can see!

 

Thanks again to our editorial assistant George Townsend Teague for her help with this episode, follow her here @georgettte_. Thanks to Protein Studios for lending us the space to record this episode.