I started Shabby Doll House because I had recovered from a period of depression and I suddenly had lots of energy. I wanted to do something which I felt could be helpful to myself but also to other people, and doing things with art and writing is the only way that I really know how to do that, I think.
I’m talking about the writers and artists, to some degree, but also about some kid in a small town somewhere who doesn’t have any friends they can really talk to, who might read something in a story or a poem on the internet at home on their own one night and feel like everything’s going to be okay, eventually.
That’s really important to me. I still feel like that kid, often. I didn’t want to make something which felt exclusive or inaccessible or intimidating. I just wanted to make something which felt honest and welcoming, that could make the world feel a little bit less lonely for a few people. And I think that we’ve worked really hard and we’ve sometimes been really lucky, and we have been able to achieve something along those lines, so far.
Lucy K Shaw
Stalls: If you make or distro zines/comics/artists’ books and would like table space please email firstname.lastname@example.org asap with the following info
Weblink (if you have one):
We’re also looking for people to do talks and workshops so if you’ve got skillz please get in touch. Tables are first come first served so book soon!
Comic about slurs and offensive jokes, published in the Galago magazine last summer.
n0dr00l asked: When is issue 21 out?
Within the next couple of weeks :)
“Blogs are free,” explains Gabby Bess, founder of Illuminati Girl Gang. “Websites are like, $10. Illuminati Girl Gang started out as a Tumblr blog, and if no one had followed it or cared about it, it would have been no loss to me. The internet just provides more in-roads for people that don’t have access to larger publications and outlets.”
For Bess, blogging is a way of subverting commercial publications and galleries, the traditional gatekeepers of culture, which tend to be dominated by white men. “Personally, I cannot control who owns the major publications and galleries,” she says. “I can only start my own magazine and my own gallery.”
women are taught “don’t send nudes if you don’t want them to get leaked”
men are never taught “if a woman feels comfortable enough to send you a nude photo, keep it to yourself. leaking it could put her in danger.”
if you don’t see the issue here, you’re a part of the problem.
Girls Get Busy’s Suggested Sounds: Ego Ella May - Love Hard
- by Hadeel
From South London, Ego Ella May is a classic jazz vocalist, reminiscent of Jill Scott and India .Arie but distinctly ‘London’ in her sound. Many musicians like Rainy Milo, FKA Twigs and Jessie Ware have been emerging out of London with a distinct spin on conventional soul, with plush vocals and minimalist production. “Future r’n’b” has been become an umbrella term to describe this sound, although alternative and indie is arguably where contemporary r’n’b has been for some time.
So what makes Ego Ella different, is that her vocal style is a hark back to early 00s Neo-Soul and I love her for it. This is a new track which stands alone from her EP, with other-worldly Funk meets doe-eyed Soul. Also worth a listen is her rework of Shanks and Bigfoot classic ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’.
Ella’s EP ‘The Tree’ is out now at egoellamay.bandcamp.com
You can find Ella on twitter at @EgoEllaMay
Lindsay Bottos - Anonymous messages from tumblr on webcam selfies, 2014
I get tons of anonymous messages like this every day and while this isn’t unique to women, the content of the messages and the frequency in which I get them are definitely related to my gender. I almost exclusively get them after I post selfies. The authority people feel they have to share their opinion on my appearance is something myself and many other girls online deal with daily. - LB
Call for submissions
LGM, a fortnightly peer-led support group for young creatives with mental health issues, are putting out a zine exploring everything and anything to do with the topic.
"We’d love anyone with something to say to contribute so we’re looking for photographs, writing, illustrations, or whatever you’d like to put in the zine.
We’re trying to avoid an overly emotive approach as we want this to appeal to a wide range of people, so it would be great if pitches were more informative or light-hearted, but we’re open to anything so drop us an email!”
Deadline for submissions: Monday February 24th