Ione Gamble 22 London
Categories: Activism, Fashion, Journalist, Media

Posted: 13th December 2016

Ione Gamble, founder and Editor in chief of Polyester zine is one of the most remarkable young women working in London right now. Bitching and moaning about the terrible scope of representation of women is basically our part time job, so we’re always especially impressed when we encounter girls actually doing something about it.

During Ione’s second year of university she found time to self-publish her own alt fourth wave feminist zine. Uninspired by the media industry’s love of minimalism and banality, or in other words “good taste” aesthetics, and inspired by her close knit group of friends who mostly identified as female or queer, Ione set about to make the publication of her dreams (with strictly no ads) . Polyester is the intersectional feminist read of any girls' fantasies; it's a fashion and culture tome, an LED covered synapse that links cyperfeminsim with real people. It looks like the best bits of Tumblr, reads like the best of the old school teen zeens, is brimming with long-reads with your favourite creatives and requires a large cup of tea and a sit down to enjoy. It’s this constant off-setting, of high and low, of erudition and of humour, of sex and the of art, of fantasy and of raw, naked, unfiltered fleshyness, that makes Polyester as rich, authentic and as wonderful as its founder.

Now with it’s sixth issue well underway, Ione’s already made Tavi Gevinson a cover girl and Maisie Cousins and Edward Meadham have already pledged allegiance to the cause. Flicking through an issue is a glimpse into a brighter future of independent magazines. Who ever said print is dead, was firstly, a terrible trend forecaster, and secondly obviously not a proud owner of a Polyester.

Ione’s influence stretches beyond the pages of the zine too, she is a frequent culture and arts contributor to platforms like Dazed, Sang Bleu, Sister Magazine, Crack magazine, The BFI Bustle and iD and is partial to throwing all day work shop events for aspiring young thinkers with the likes of Cleo Peppiatt and Skinny Girl diet.

Driven to make better, more beautiful images and words, so that we all might have better more beautiful ways to identify with ourselves, makes her mission to offer a publication with more challenging, representative, meaningful and inspiring content, pretty much complete and her status as one of London's finest editors, a done deal. Nab a copy, now.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:I run a feminist intersectional zine called Polyester and work as a freelance journalist.HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?They’d probably tell you I'm nicer than I look… I have notorious resting bitch face WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET UP?Realise that my cat is sitting on my shoulder waiting to be fed. Then panic about all the emails I failed to reply to the day before.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?Just after sending an issue of polyester to print, or at the end of the night at one of our launches when I can stop stressing about things going wrong and dance with all of my favourite people.WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?All of the contributors and girls i feature on Polyester! Also Nadya from Pussy Riot, who when I interviewed recently made me think differently about feminism in so many ways. My friend Maria Cabrera who helps run an organisation called Reel Good Film Club — her passion to change an industry and actively work against norms is amazing. WHAT'S YOUR CURRENT OBSESSION?Not so current, but i’ve been obsessed with Grimes since Art Angels was released last year. WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Have Faith in your own bad taste! And learn not to be embarrassed when chasing up emails… WHAT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?My eyebrow pencilWHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?I’m the least domesticated person in the entire world and my angel of a boyfriend cooks nearly every meal I eat.. but push comes to shove I can whip up a pretty good roast dinner.ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING THAT BEST SUMS YOU UP?These Miu Miu patchwork boots I wore for a shoot once and will sadly never be able to afford…WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD BE ON YOUR RIDER?Gin, Tonic and Monster MunchWHAT'S YOUR PET HATE?The patriarchy >:( WHAT'S NEXT?I’m co-curating a group exhibition with The Coven Collective on January 7th in London. We’re asking 50+ artists to redesign a tarot card each with the aim to create an intersectional, feminist tarot deck. I’m also working on the next issue of Polyester, due out in February/March. AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Georgina Jones
Why: She writes the funniest, most thought provoking personal essays I’ve ever read. Her attitude towards body positivity and plus size activism has taught me so much about myself, and most importantly she’s the only girl i know who’ll spend 20 quid on snacks with me just before ordering a massive takeaway when we’re both hungover.
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