Spotlight Emily Wylde: Pastel graves & carols for the dead

Dia de los muertos or Day of the Dead has seeped in to the pop culture consciousness with sugar skull imagery and make-up tutorials 10 a penny.  And while pop culture certainly had its own influence on the traditional Mexican…

Dia de los muertos or Day of the Dead has seeped in to the pop culture consciousness with sugar skull imagery and make-up tutorials 10 a penny.  And while pop culture certainly had its own influence on the traditional Mexican holiday (we can thank James Bond’s Spectre for the large parades less than a decade old)  - Dia de los Muertos is far from calaveras (skulls) and pageantry. When Scottish photographer Emily Wylde was invited over by Bran Symondsom she couldn’t have quite expected how much of a culture shock it would be.  A year later, she’s set to preview her first solo exhibition “Dia De Los Muertos” showcasing an array of intimate and often surreal snapshots from her time in Mexico.

Spotlight: Illustrator Rosalind Shrinivas

It’s that little voice in your head that presses and prods. Sometimes it’s a little niggle, an itch that can’t fully be scratched. Sometimes it’s a near constant ache that refuses to be ignored. It’s the same voice that whispers…

It’s that little voice in your head that presses and prods. Sometimes it’s a little niggle, an itch that can’t fully be scratched. Sometimes it’s a near constant ache that refuses to be ignored. It’s the same voice that whispers – you can’t. That you’re too emotional. Too childish. Too lost. Too intense. Quite simply, too much. Artist and girl boss extraordinaire Rosalind Shrinivas though subverts this – leaning in, scratching the itch through distinctive and intimate illustrations that can be in their simplest form be described as an exercise in self-portraits and finding your voice.

The problematic legacy of Hugh Hefner

Few people can lay claim to a cultural legacy as prominent and divisive as the late media mogul Hugh Hefner. In fact social media is split between celebrating the life of one of publishings indisputable powerhouses; championing his contributions towards…

The infantalisation of beauty: Is our love of unicorns doing more harm …

Guys, I think we might have a unicorn problem. Well, not so much a unicorn problem than a full blown mythical creature obsession. From mermaids to unicorns, high fantasy has become a cultural touchstone in beauty. Far from a flash…

Vagina highlighter is a thing

It feels like women of the internet are having a collective aneurysm following the launch of the now viral vaginal highlighter.  Never before has there quite been a product that really raises more questions than it answers. The first being,…

Why the Madonna/Whore is Bullshit

Growing up, there’s always that one guy at the party. We’ve all heard him. He sits there and just proclaims how much he just fucking loves eating pussy. Well, first of all – good for you I guess? Second –…

Natural Cycles: A New Type of Contreceptive

I’ve been using oral contraceptives for as long as I’ve been having sex. Which means, in short, that I hadn’t had a natural period for over 10 years. Even through long periods of singledom I’d use my pill as a…

Making your World more Ribenary through Augmented Reality

Augmented reality and branding isn’t anything new. Stripped back, it’s using technology to mix objects and images within your real world. It’s so normalised now (think brands face mapping so you can take a selfie with your favourite fictional character…

Coming off anti-depressants

I was doing everything right. And on paper everything was right. Peachy fucking keen even. I’d started a business with my BFF, had negotiated some sweet contracts to start us off. We had funding. The healthy eating, exercise, life balance…


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