The Therapeutic Gaze: Manon Ouimet and Photography

Firstly, could you tell us in only 10 WORDS about your photography? My photography’s about generating trust and capturing honesty from my subjects. How did you begin? I was asked by Bettina Arndt, an internationally well-known sex therapist, to take portraits of new clients. Her clients were people who were trying to find love, using…

This Girl Makes… An Impact: Harriet Speed and Furniture Making

Firstly, could you tell us in only 10 WORDS about This Girl Makes? An initiative that celebrates women in craft and design. Now is your chance to expand with a more in-depth description of your project… It started in October 2016 as a blog that posted every week, including interviews with a variety of designers…

A Stranger To Myself: Why can’t I remember my early youth?

Words by Ryan GrAy Art by Amanda La Forest “What is your earliest memory?” I guarantee you will hear some excellent stories if you pose that question to your friends next time you’re at the pub. Mine for instance, was walking in on my parents in the living room at the innocent age of 3 years…

The Rabelaisian Woman: Women poo too

Words by Delilah Kealy-Roberts Art by Daisy Macari The unknown is also the unseen; the avoided, the obscured and the denied. We can learn to ‘unknow’, closing the shutters nice and tight and filtering out the slightly distasteful. We can, and we do. The unknown is selective, it is “eww too much information” and it…

Neuro-nonsense: Bending gender science

By Shaina Ford Artwork by Aurora Hawcroft It’s an exciting time to be a feminist. We’re in the fourth wave, and the air is electric. In one way or another, everybody’s talking about gender. We’re challenging structures, questioning norms and breaking down binaries. But times of reformation are times of unknown – they come with…

Playwriting for Dummies: What would Harold Pinter think?

‘Oh look! A competition for a play… I write, I can write a play, can’t I? Yes, easy, I’ll just dash it off over the summer… Right, fresh word document, clean desk, let’s begin. The beginning…so… Where shall I start?’ Following the example of Julie Andrews, I began at the very beginning – a very…

Musings on the Unknown

By Caleb Assirati Artwork by Katie Goodrum The unknown breaks me. I feel it call into question all that I am until it, like that which confronts in conflict, is assimilated into self. It sits, in the space it forces in me, ready to be broken like that which it broke before, on the side…

We Need Better Language to Talk About Inequality

By Toubab Amouma Xaliss Art by Julia Oborne It’s a privilege to not get killed by the police, it’s a privilege to have a passport that allows you to travel to more than five countries visa free, it’s a privilege to have social security, it’s a privilege to not be a house servant or a…

Encountering Value Beyond the Certainty Machine

By Albert Woods Art by Ella Chedburn (Instagram: @echedburn) I am sitting in a car, in the passenger seat. I’m tired, sad and a little bit pissed off. It’s been a demanding week, a funeral followed by a wedding. My sister is driving us back to London from the wedding and I finally feel able…

Something we should really KNOW about in Ecuador

Words by Rex Fisher Art by Janina Gude (Instagram: janinagude) “Give it a cry!” sneered my gobby sixteen-year-old brother, Patrick, as the both of us poked fun at Ross Kemp “givin’ it a cry” somewhere deep in the Ecuadorean rainforest. We were watching a late-night repeat of ‘Ross Kemp: Battle for the Amazon’, in which…