Tuesday, 24 May 2016


We love zines!
We love making them, we love reading them we also love talking about them....

This was the time I was talking about making zines, the zine community and more for Emily Steele's mini documentary (along with a bunch of other rad babes)

The start of this month my friend Em, who I make Poor Lass with, got to do readings from issues of Poor Lass for the zine 'stage' at Sounds From The Other city, curated by Salford Zine Library

Speaking of Salford Zine Library, here is 1/4 of SZL and top banana, Steve talking about zines on Radio 6 Music

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Imitation of Life /// What, Is She Black Now?

I've been off work all week to put the final touches to my solo exhibition I am having this week, so I thought I would treat myself to some out of studio time and head to another exhibition, Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st Century a Home Manchester.

The exhibition has a range of works commenting on the representations of people of colour in the US and Europe within the last 15 years.
Film, digital art, installations, sculptures, paintings, it's all here.

From Jasyon Musson's ART THOUGHTZ: How to be a successful Black Artist video, to Lauren Halsey's colourful and striking wall of weaves (We The Ones(blackngold))

Two of my other favourite pieces were Larry Achiampong's collages, Glyth

And Martine Syms installation S1 : E1 about the representation of blackness in American sitcoms which featured a film that is really worth watch.

I left feeling really good and excited to get my exhibition out into the world.
A lot of the pieces are to do with representation of POC in popular culture, so was great to see something with similar themes.


 Imitation of Life runs until 3rd July.

My exhibition, What, Is She Black Now? runs until Saturday 21st May.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Bank Holiday zine weekender...

Last Bank holiday weekend it was my birthday, it was also a weekend of fun, hangtimes and zining!!

It kicked off at Sheffield zine fest on the Saturday.
Sheffield Zine Fests is one of my favourites, it always has a nice atmosphere and I get to see a load of my favourite people at once!

It was also the debut of the My Mad Fat Zine (a zine about My Mad Fat Diary) that I made with my long time zine pal Holly, it's the first zine we've made together since 2001!!!
Image of My Mad Fat Zine
Sharoon Rooney approved!!!

It was a sell out!
(some copies still left here though!)

Then back to Manchester for birthday pizza and 90s dancing.

The zine theme continued on Sunday.

As part of Sounds From The Other City, Salford Zine Library took over the Deli Lama café for some zine readings. Steve from SZL started the day off with a reading from his Lil Rem Stadt zine (which was so good).

Em and myself read pieces we contributed to Poor Lass zine and Holly read from her Bruce and my Dad zine.
Then we hot footed it to a church to watch Tacocat followed by a run over the road to see Martha in a warehouse!

A quick band practice then topped off with a late night roast dinner down Toby Carvery.

An awesome birthday weekend!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Springtime zine time

Zine season is upon us and to get things started we are tabling at one of our favourite zine fairs,
Sheffield Zine Fest.

This one is on Saturday 30th April 11-4pm  (and is the day before my birthday)

It's a bit of a double trouble zine weekend as on my actual birthday, I am doing a reading as part of Poor Lass for Salford Zine Library's 'stage' at Sounds From The Other City, on Sunday 1st May.

Get to dance to Tacocat and Martha too, best birthday ever.

I am likely to be accepting payments of cake* for zines in Sheffield! 

*I like a nice lemon drizzle or sticky ginger cake, fruits, nuts and flowers welcome (hello pistachio and rose!!!)
just not chocolate.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Colouring Outside The Lines #7

It's fairly well documented on this blog that Colouring outside the Lines is my favourite zine (and editor Melanie one of my favourite people)
So you can imagine my excitement when issue 7 landed on my door mat. But can you imagine my excitement when I got interviewed for it!!!!!!

This issue is slightly different to previous ones, it still features in depth interviews with all different types of female artist, but these artists all happen to be people Melanie knows on a personal level, basically she interviewed her mates, I'm one of them as are two of my besties Kandy Diamond and Alison Erika Forde.

I urge anyone who is interested in art, an artist themselves or is just really nosey and likes to hear about peoples lives, to get yourselves a copy.


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

International Women's Day.... Political crafting!


We love crafting (D'uh) we love to find other rad ladies that craft too. And we definitely love crafting that crosses boundaries whether that me into the art world, to build communities or make a political statement.

In celebration of International Women's Day here are a few of our favourites... 

The Yarn Mission


The Yarn Mission was created in October, 2014 as activism in the St. Louis area expanded showing breadth and longevity. While the community reacted to police murders of disproportionately young Black men and women (an issue that existed before the Summer of 2014), organizations that existed expanded their audience-base and new organizations emerged. The Yarn Mission was created to support and promote anti-racism/anti-sexism/anti-oppression activism.

I think I stumbled upon The Yarn Mission sometime last year in an article somewhere and I loved the whole idea.
They have four aims:
skill sharing: I am an active believer in skills sharing and something I aim to do throughout my life, The Yarn Mission hopes to share skills for economic means and promote self care.

Community engagement, bringing others who may not be aware of activism, to a place where activism is encouraged via a craft.
Also Service and fundraising, giving back to the local community.

 I love the idea of an activity that is primarily seen as something white people do, being done by POC whilst simultaneously bringing a community together.


OLEK’s art explores sexuality, feminist ideals and the evolution of
communication through colors, conceptual exploration and meticulous
detail. OLEK consistently pushes the boundaries between fashion, art, craft and public art, fluidly combining the sculptural and the fanciful. With the old fashion technique of crocheting, she has taken the ephemeral medium
of yarn to express everyday occurrences, inspirations and hopes to create a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and
psychological processes.

Polish born artist, Olek crocheting master, using looped yarn to create large scale pieces of art often commenting on political and cultural affairs. Creating brightly coloured installations, smaller scale pieces and taking up public spaces with a very traditional form of yarn craft.

Lisa Anne Auerbach

Lisa Anne Auerbach started using knitting as a means to ‘write’ bumper sticker style slogans directly onto woollen jumpers to create both an artwork and a wearable, topical statement. Through the process of knitting, her words form an integral part of the final structure rather than being painted or printed on to an existing support, (be it a canvas or a t-shirt), allowing the art and the words to be interwoven as one and the same.

Lisa Anne Auerbach is an artist that creates a range of work, but it's her knits that we love.

Particularly her knitted jumper series'. Creating technically skilled pieces of work, that look like traditional knitted jumpers but with political statements within them. Looking like the 'Christmas Jumper from yr nan' but bearing slogans such as 'Keep Abortion Legal'.
Her work provides an amazing display of craft whilst simultaneously a social commentary.

Craftivist Collective

Craftivist Collective was founded in 2009 when after years of marches, signing protests and working on campaigns for large charities, experienced activist Sarah Corbett had begun to doubt the effects of some conventional activism and sadly didn’t feel that she fitted in to many activist groups. The time felt right too add a slower and less aggressive approach to the activism toolkit
An urge to get back to making things with her hands at the same time of feeling like a burnt out activist led her on the journey of becoming a craftivist

I first heard about Craftivist Collective few years ago and Sarah did a feature in one of our early issues of Sugar Paper.
Back then they sent out mini banner kits, where you cross stitched something you felt strongly about and made it into a mini banner, using the cable ties provided you put it in a public place for all to see, with the intention of sparking of questioning and thinking over something.

They know do much more, from the mini banners to solidarity bunting, protest post its and alternative love letters. It's a project that has grown and grown, helping people to learn new craft skills whilst fighting and speaking out about the world's injustices!