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.