Sunday, 1 March 2015

Viva La Megababes

The other day I was sat with my mum watching episodes from the first series of Absolutely Fabulous, and we were joking about Bubble's style and how this is how I dress now (also commenting on the fact my mum let me watch such programmes at age 8! I watched This Life aged 12 and Queer As Folk aged 14, MOTHER!)

It's no secret that the 90s are a big influence on me, fashion, music, everything, so of course Bubble with her bright colours and 'wacky 90s' sense of style was going to be an influence on me.

But it got me to thinking about some other 90s ladies that I realise have been a HUGE influence on me, and I'm not just talking about fashion.

I'm talking about SHAMPOO!

I don't know where I first saw/heard Shampoo, I'm guessing it was maybe performing Trouble on Top Of The Pops in 1994, or maybe in the pages of Smash Hits or Top Of The Pops magazine!
Wherever it was it changed my little 10 year old life!

Here was a band who had so much attitude and impeccable style (they did so shut it!). A couple of school mates who loved boy bands, like me (East 17 and Take That -for the record I was always purely East 17), loved being a fan of things, like me, liked Sindy dolls, like me, I was destined to be a fan of Shampoo.

Carrie and Jacqui were not just pop lovers, they used to write a Manics zine, I fact I found out aged 10 and before I even knew what a fanzine was! They to me embodied Girl Power, in fact they taught me about girl power long before I was devouring riot grrrl and writing angry feminist slogans on my pencil case.
Yeah they made pop songs, but they were witty and bratty and full of GIRL POWER!

I remember being young and tagging along as my sister shopped at Piccadilly Records in Manchester and seeing a girl that worked there wearing chunky bright foam wedge shoes and big plastic jewellery and I knew that was a look I was after! Shortly after I headed down to C&A to stock up on plastic rings!

Who didn't want a t-shirt with doll faces on? To be dripping in plastic accessories? To mix faux fur and PVC? To have over processed hair? To be big in Japan?
Because I sure did!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Hesitant aliens, dark matter, disobedient objects, dancing and slash.

This past weekend I took a trip down to London, and I had the best time!
Friday saw me head to Brixton Academy with my friend Nick, for the first time in years to see Gerard Way. Anyone that knows me know I am a BIG fan of Gerard's work, his music, his comics, his art, his generalness, so I obviously had a GREAT time!
If you want to go to a gig where you get to pogo like it's the mid 90s, get served some sass, shout outs to the trans* community, young women and talks of mental illness taboo, posi vibes, art and to see someone enjoy being on stage probably more then you enjoy being there (which is a lot!) then GO SEE Gerard Way!

Saturday saw us have a big breakfast followed by having our minds blow at Peter Harrison Planetarium. We saw  a show called Dark Universe that was a visualisation of what make's up 95% of the universe, all the parts you can't see. Whilst some of it went over my head, I got the gist of it and the idea of infinite space ALWAYS blows my mind, but it was sooo good and what felt like the closest I will ever get to floating in space! The gift shop could have more fun things though, all I left was a bookmark!

Then we hot footed it over to the V&A to catch Disobedient Objects.

This was too good, it's only on until this weekend, but go and see it if you can! It made me angry and sad and riled up, all by a bunch of stuff in a small room. It was a bit like stepping into a 90s rave with the music and neon and scaffolding, but it had lots to look at and think about, protesting through great crafts, modern devices, jewellery made my inmates in solitary confinement, political activism through inflatable cubes, how to make a tear gas mask, guerrilla girls, graffiti, real life mocking jays and so much more!

When I left it made me want to stitch up a storm and angry dance to Atari Teenage Riot. Instead we went to get some super tasty homemade ice cream and peruse the science museum shop (again had nothing for me!)

Headed home for some pizza before dancing in a pub to all the best emo pop punk, YAY!!
Then the weekend was topped off by hanging out with my other bff Holly, eating a roast dinner and Dime cake and playing the best game ever, Slash!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

To infinity and beyond!

I think 2015 might the year for space, space and the future and time travelling and stuff!
I have already made a reference to the fact it's 2015 and Marty McFly and co. told us we should be zipping around on Hoverboards by now (I'll try not to talk about this again as I'm sure SOOOO many people will be talking about this all year!)

But yeah space! Space is probably back big time, seeing as the 90s is so now and everyone EVERYONE in the 90s loved space and aliens and stuff. the X Files is the boxset du jour and that holographic Arakki look is sooo hot right now.
I think I like space because I am a child of the 90s, from the cartoons I loved in the late 80s/early90s (like Galaxy High and Moondreamers)

awesome colouring book I still own!

To being impressed at people who can draw Marvin the Martian...

To awesome TV shows about aliens that looked like humans...

and obviously songs about space...

So I am super excited about having projects this year about space! The space far up in the sky, with planets and stuff, I can't wait to get myself deep into it.
But also space as in your space. I want to make a zine about people's favourite spaces, I want to know about cosy bedrooms, cluttered studios, homely kitchens and the rest.

So to infinity (2015) and beyond I go!*

*I think I just got spacey as I just recently watched Hugo for the first time and I just wanna live in a George Melies film!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

My Year in Lists: Seleena!

So here is my annual end of year 'look how awesome I am and look at all the awesome things I have done' list! Everyone should do one of these lists, it makes you feel good!
Now as I mentioned in my previous post I'm a firm believer of making a change whenever you feel the need to, not just at the end of the year. But as I also mentioned, working in retail does kind of book end your year at the end of the year!
All that busyness, overtime, madness, non-stop-no-time-for-yourself-ness that comes with working in retail at Christmas followed by the quiet, anti climatic, boom it's all over-ness of January that comes with working in retail means it's a perfect time to do all that stuff you did have time to do from October-December and take stock of things!
This year has felt like a bit of blur, it has gone by so quickly, I think this is what happens when you get older! Or this is the same shit I say every year!
This year was pretty jam packed now I think about it!
This is the year I turned 30, THIRTY! now I know that isn't old, but I can't believe I'm 30, it feels like I left school just yesterday, 2015 marks 15 years since I left school!!!!!!!! enough of that here are my 2014 highlights (in probably chronological order!)

-The great Yorkshire Zine weekender: This was in March and was the best thing to sort of kick start 2014. It involved tabling at both Sheffield and Leeds zine fests, meeting people you only talk to on the internet, getting great feedback about the zines you make, selling shit and best of all I got to see ALL my favourite Yorkshire faces!!! more of this in 2015 please!

-April saw Yiiikes! second outing when we turned the gallery space in Islington Mill into an upside down living room for Baduncle at Sounds From The Other city.

Then Mad May hit.....
-my birthday is on the 1st so yeah I TURNED 30 (not sure if I mentioned that already!) I ate cake and had the BEST dance party ever, that I called The World Happiness Damce, got my friends to DJ only songs from the 90s, had corn snacks, alien balloons and the worlds biggets cake that was Jamaican flag colours on the inside, blue on the outside and had my face all over it (thanks Charlotte!).

-I decided not long before my birthday that I was going to take myself to New York New York, because you know, you only turn 30 once!
I got to see soooo much good stuff, the sights awesome art (Kara Walker's giant sphinx sugar sculpture was life changing) bands (shout out to upset, took in a musical (Heathers!! sadly not Hedwig), took a tap class at Broadway Dance and one of my teen hero's made some great art I got to see, hugged me and took a selfie with me, I need to tell 15 year old me that GETTING OLD IS GREAT!

-Then mad may got less mad as gigs got cancelled, namely The Julie Ruin and I never got to see my 8 year old hero Macauly Culkin sing songs about pizza, but I did still get to visit London and DJ at a friend's night in Leeds!

-The summer saw Yiiikes! get our first practice space, WOOOOO.

-The other great thing about turning 30 means you have other friends that turn 30 too! so an early birthday caravan Holiday to Great Yarmouth for Holly's birthday happened. Stopped via my sister and we were in Yarmouth together for the first time since Baton Twirling camp in the early 90s!

-Late summer meant surprising Holly right near her birthday with a party, where I got to DJ again and play all the songs we have loved in our 15 year friendship, THAT'S HALF OUR LIFE GUYS!!!
Whilst in London I also stopped by the felt shop which made me want to break out the felt and start making shit instantly.

-My oldest friend Katie turned 30 too and so we headed to Italy, because getting old is awesome and means you get to go on holiday all the time!!!!Sun, sea, lemons, friends, GOOD TIMES!

- Then it was Kandy's birthday but she was 30 last year but I had already decided I wanted to go to Leeds fest so we called that her birthday trip when she decided to join me. So yeah I went to a Leeds fest for the second time ever in my life (the first being back in 2000!) only for the day, but it was bloody good, awesome bands, great friends, not too shitty weather!

-I attended my first ever hen do followed by a wedding of one of my other oldest friends Jenni. I made her cry walking down the aisle (sorry about that!)

- Earlier in the year favourite artist and Bessie Alison was part of an awesome exhibition in a grand old building in York, then in October she was part of Manchester Literature fest and had art in the grand old John Rylands library in Manchester, this was all obviously awesome!

- Peaches Christ returned to Manchester and I was there, this time for Bearberlla (the bear version of Barberella!)

- I whipped out some art just in time for Halloween, All Of Them Witches, which saw me depict 12 of my favourite fictional witches in felt form!

- For Halloween I dressed as 3rd Degree Burns from the Fabulous Stains and did a tap dance at my friend's night Zombie Pride! my first solo tap performance. Granted it was to Hunx' Don't call me fabulous so lasted like 20 seconds, but it was awesome!

Then hit non stop November... the month where I got to meet several of my heroes and super nice people who create super great art!

-There was that one week and half where I went to see Gerard Way (twice), Tacocat, comic book signing, John Waters, Frank Iero, whilst putting up Yiiikes! Snotboobs at Nexus art cafĂ© and topping it all off with a trip to Leeds for thought Bubble. Meeting people who create great stuff that inspires me whilst being super nice and humble is like THE BEST THING EVER!

Then it was December which was just a blur of bathbombs and fighting off illness and trying not to stand on customers feet!

I obviously had lots more great things I wanted to write about but this is already word heavy (no time to add pictures, I have a Bakewell tart to make!)

I look forward to taking over the world in 2015, with Yiiikes! Poor Lasses, crafty goodness and a zine about crisps!

HERE'S TO 2015!

Picture of the year; me at Coney Island!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The things I want to make and do in 2015

I know this is a little early and I also know if you want to change something then do it! I'm a firm believer in not waiting for the end of the week, or the year to start making false promises to yourself.
Having said that, there is something about this time of year, that makes me reflect and look forward. Look forward to the things I will be doing in the new year.

I think working in retail, I get really busy around Christmas, to the point where I just want to curl in a ball and sleep, so any free time is gone, and then January hits and BOOM it's really not that busy and I have a lot of free time. So I need good things to think about to get me through the winter and good pre Christmas and good things to do to get me through the winter post Christmas!

So enough of that, here are the things I want to make and do next year...

1. Make lot's more art: So there is already something in the works for Yiiikes! which I am super excited by, but I would also like to have a solo exhibition and/or have work in group exhibitions.

2. Make more zines: I say this every year, but I mean it every year! I want to write another Brown Girl zine (which I made a start on this year) and one about favourite space's, and make more zines with my friends!

3. See my family and friends more: as your get older time seems to go faster and I definitely want to hang out with my loved ones more!

4. Start a craft day: I've been meaning to do this for a while, I basically wanna have rad hang outs crafting with snacks like Heidi Kenney does. I'm not sure this will happen as my friends live all over the place but I would like to!

5. Poor Lasses on tour: or maybe just one city, but I really wanna have some event around Poor Lass zine, some readings, hanging out, story exchanging, dancing, and of course snacks!

6.  YA book club: Kandy and I were talking the other day about how the older we get the less we read 'adult' books but the more we get into Young Adult novels and how a lot of my friedns are the same. And I was like we should have a YA book club, but will mostly be online (see number 4 re friends!)

But most importantly in 2015, I want to make sure I look extra cool and stylish whilst on my Hoverboard!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Sugar Paper # 14....


The owls are not what they seem!
jam packed, winter, Twin Peaks themed issue 14!
With 20 things to make and do including; crochet bauble, cherry pie recipe, log barrel bag, cabin candle holder, coffee coaster, colouring in from Ben Cooney, embroidered mountain brooch from Young Explorer Liz AND MUCH MORE!

Get it HERE!

All I want for Christmas...

Not to scare you all but Christmas is just around the corner (I can't believe it either, despite working in retail and it been 'almost' Christmas since early October, it still feels super soon!) so here we are once again with our gift guide.

This one is jam packed full of awesome stuff, something for everyone in your life, be it ghouls or grrrls, astronauts or aliens, monsters or mermaids and witches or weirdos.
Or just a list full of stuff to get yourself!

Ghouls....A bunch of gifts for the spooky in your life.
Everyone likes to have a dance, even the undead, so why not go for the latest album from the best scouse/ horrorpunk band ever Zombina And The skeletons, heck get their entire back catalogue from HERE!

They might also want to adorn their walls with ghoulish art, so how about this print from Camille Rose Garcia?

Grrrls....Need something for the rebel grrrl in your life? Then try this super zine (that's actually a book inspired by zines) Double Dare Ya. Full of writing and cool artwork inspired by the riot grrrl movement.

Not much of a reader? And or super stylish, then you need to gift this Wacky Wacko grrrls tee, featuring a whole host of awesome ladies women and grrrls.

or maybe they want to relive their youth? Then this Sleater-Kinney vinyl box set is a must (someone buy me this please thanks!). No turntable? No worries, who needs a record when you can see the band LIVE, yes Sleater-Kinney have reformed and are off on tour next year!


For all your cosmic pals and intergalactic loved ones.
Keep them clean with this mutli coloured bath bomb from Lush (Honey scented but containing no honey, for all vegan space cadets!).

Teen-C space invaders who want to stick stickers on their jetpacks could do much worse then to stick on this Tara McPherson sticker.

And yeah space is awesome and there is so much to explore, but everyone needs a little downtime and or gets bored, so how about this bumper knitting book pack in a super spacy tote from Knit And Destroy!

Aliens...Want your alien friends to phone home and tell everyone how rad you are?
Those from another planet who like to veg out* would love a boxset of the complete X-Files (I'm not from another planet nor do I veg out ever BUT I would still love this buy me this thanks!).

It might be cold for aliens here on earth so keep their feet warm with these awesome socks from Modcloth and Rip n Dip (respectively).

But my alien friends are total babes/ Hole fans, fear not this Miss Universe tshirt from Sister Ectoplasma is one for them! (I have this so no need to buy it for me, but it is totally awesome!))

What about those stylish aliens that like to wear a nice shirt? Then these Mulder and Scully collar pins from Sweet and Lovely will look great.


Monsters....Monsters aren't always mean and they deserve gifts!
Want to tell your scaly, green, bug eyed monster friend how much you love them? get them this Monster Tshirt from You Were Swell.

Or give them a squeeze with this Peggy Noland Squeeze Me dress.

For those more stay at home Monster children of the 90s then the complete collection of AAAHH! Real Monsters is a  definite yes! (I was lucky enough to get a bunch of DVDs from the pound shop, so always keep your non monster eyes peeled!)

Mermaids...Got some fishy friends living on land? then stop them missing home with these treats.
For when they grow legs to walk on the ground, keep them scaly with these shorts from Hellcat Clothing.

And to remind them of the beautiful colours of the sea, instead of the brown soil, try some Barry M nail polish aquarium range.

And to adorn their walls, this beautiful print from The Black Apple will be great.

Put your friends under a spell this Christmas with these bewitching gifts.
Who doesn't love a zine, or poster or some original art? You can get all three from my latest art project All Of Them Witches.

And what witch doesn't like nail art? Then grab them these nail decals by Sara M Lyons.

Or how about this handy guide book? By everyone's favourite art Witch, Dame Darcy, is the handbook for Hot witches (I have bought this for many a witchy friend and for myself!)

And not forgetting those witches who dress like Cyndi Lauper, they need this Not All Witches wear Black postcard set from Bunny Bissoux.

Weirdos...And gifts for all of the above and everyone in between, THE WEIRDOS!
For the superstitious sister and psychic pal, these pins are perfect from Explorer's Press.

Things that people think are weird; feminists, cat ladies, witches, pfft what do they know? Maybe your friend is one of them or hopefully ALL THREE! then they need this Tshirt from Jessicka Addams!

Speaking of Addams', treat your weirdo mate to some Addams family trading cards from Bunny Bissoux's online shoppe.

Not forgetting the weirdo art friend, they need this rad book The Graphic art of The Underground by Ian Lowey and Suzy Prince.

And last but not least, maybe they want to wear their weirdo badge with pride, then this Craft inspired Tshirt from Killstar is a YES!

And not forgetting the ultimate stocking filler, an issue of Sugar Paper zine, for the creative and crafty or those who just love a laugh!