Sunday, 27 January 2019



I've always been so drawn to short films and little snippets of people's art. I feel like those little snippets can show us someone's mind more than any other artform. The colours, the music choice, the story, the styling - everything is there for a reason. Sometimes we might interpret it a little differently from what the artist intended it to be, but that's the beauty of it. 

An artist that makes films in such an intriguing way is Cadmium Red. There's something so beautifully enigmatic about the way she lets you into her creative world. You can tell even on her instagram account that her mind sees the world in a series of moving pictures, all put their just for your entertainment and pleasure. 

Cadmium Red's current ongoing project is called 'Scarlett'; a series of videos of films that she hopes will evoke and emotion in everyone who watches, and I believe there's no doubt that it will strike whoever clicks play.

There's a mysterious quality about the videos. Cadmium Red is giving short insights into her identity and her world, yet you still have no idea who she is. Both films have an essence of vintage European cinema, but at the same time they can't really compare to any other films. There's a sense of intimacy that's almost uncomfortable, but it compels you to watch and really go inward to your own thoughts.

Check out the Cadmium Red films here:

buttercup baby


be sure to check out her social platforms
Instagram: @_cadmiumred


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The Soundtrack Of My Life - Orlagh

Music is a huge part of my identity, and I'm pretty sure it is for a lot of people. I absolutely love the 'Soundtrack of my Life' videos by celebrities, and I really feel like you can learn a lot about a person from their taste in music. Here are a few songs that I absolutely adore and mean a lot to me, and a bit about why I love them!

 Fleetwood Mac - Gypsy

There's something about Stevie Nick's lyricism that just speaks to you. A song of hers might have no relation to your life experiences, but somehow you can still relate to it. A lot of people interpret the meaning of this song differently, and that's what I love about it. It means something different to everyone who knows and loves it. To me it's about being a free spirit, going back to your roots.

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheetus

Before you judge me, I know this song isn't particularly deep or moving. I put it on this list because of the memories attached to it. It always reminds me of my friends, of when we were 16 and going out partying and drinking for the first time. This song would always come on toward the end of the night when we were all light-headed and happy. We'd belt it out at the top of our lungs.

The Head and the Heart - Winter Song

It's thanks to spotify playlists that I discovered this band. Bit of a cheesy reason for putting this in, but when I just started going out with my boyfriend we'd listen to this song loads, so now every time I listen to it it brings me back to that time. Isn't it amazing how music can remind you of an exact time and the feeling you had? Apart from the memories it brings for me, it really is a beautiful, emotive song.

Dolly Parton - Wildflowers

I'm not usually a huge fan of country, but for Dolly I can make an exception. What's not to love about her? She's an incredible song writer and you can't help but jam out to her songs. This song in particular always speaks to me. The lyrics use a metaphor of 'Wildflowers don't care where they grow', and Dolly talks about how, like a wildflower, she needed to uproot from her small town and follow her dreams.

Jorja Smith - Teenage Fantasy

'We all want a teenage fantasy - want it when we can't have it, when we got it we don't seem to want it'. This song perfectly captures that time when you're in secondary school and a little naive, and the fact that Jorja wrote this song when she was only 16 just shows how talented she is. Set to a laid-back jazz instrumental, it tells a story of falling for a boy you know isn't going to treat you right, but it also has a really important message, 'I need to grow and find myself before I let somebody love me.'

Lana Del Rey - Ride

I could write a whole essay on this song. If I could, I would just put Lana's entire discography in this playlist, but I decided to narrow it down to this as it means the most to me. It's one of those songs that you have to listen to full blast in your earphones and just be completely sucked into her world. There's so much passion in her voice when she's singing this song, as well as sadness and longing. Lana talks about struggling to make it as a singer, but also her freedom of living life on the road with no responsibilities. And can we talk about the music video and the monologue for this song?? Amazing.

Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

The only way I can describe this song is by just saying its perfect. It's kind of hard to explain, but do you ever listen to a song and it just flows exactly how you want it to? It has unexpected melodies and lyrics, but for some reason its just absolutely perfect? That's what this song is for me. Maybe not everyone feels it with this song, but I could listen to it on repeat and find it more gorgeous every time.

What would you say are your favourite songs of all time? Are there any artists that mean a lot to you? Let me know! Here's the link to the rest of the playlist I made which has a few more songs:

Friday, 18 January 2019

The Absurdity of Reality - Immerse yourself in Nadine Feghaly's illustrations

Nadine Feghaly is an illustrator and visual artist/activist from Beirut based in Barcelona. 

" Through viola illustrations I try to express my emotions, dreams, poetry and reflections about the beauty and absurdity of the world that surrounds us.

Like a visual diary or an open window inside my room, my art somehow evokes in words and colours my most intimate and personal visions and interpretations of reality. It can reflect any social, political situation that I find myself in, a poem I long to share, a mantra that keeps repeating in my mind, an environmental preoccupation or a stubborn question that doesn’t want to leave…

I have many questions about identity that I try to work and investigate through my illustrations! Who am I? What does it mean to be born as a woman? As a Lebanese? As a human being born during the civil war? How does it affect who I am? What became of my identity when I left my country to live abroad? What is left of it? Where is home, I keep asking myself? And who am I away from it? "

Follow @viola.illustration on instagram and check out to buy prints and other cool merch!


Monday, 14 January 2019

Meet Jordyn Belli, a Photographer Capturing Trans and Queer Identities

When curating art for the 'Identity' issue, I really wanted to give people a platform who really have something to say - and say it through their chosen creative platform. I think it's the most interesting way for us to interpret our own thoughts and emotions, as well as the person who created the art. Jordyn Belli's photography immediately stood out to me as being so raw and vulnerable in their work. Jordyn is a 21 year old trans and queer photographer based in Chicago. Their work represents a myriad of beautiful lgbtq+ identities. I was really intrigued by their photography and their motives behind why their work. 

Jordyn Belli Interview

Jordyn Belli Interview 2

Jordyn Belli Interview 3

Jordyn Belli Interview 4

Jordyn Belli Interview 5
Check out more of Jordyn's work here:

Instagram: @sleepykiwis


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

i know myself - linda m. crate

i know myself
i am sunlight, i am moonlight
every shade between
because i am me
a rainbow of songs and shades and lights;
i am not someone you easily define
there are depths and volumes and tomes
no one has every known yet explored
i am an ocean and mountain
all at once—
no one ever seems to fathom me
or even try,
but i am not ashamed of who i am;
they say weird and they say eccentric
yet i know who i am—
do they?
my identity isn't what they give me
to clothe myself with
my identity is forged in my choices,
and my magic, and my power;
my love, my dreams, my light will change
this world in ways they'll never be able to reckon with
because they don't know their own identity.
- linda m. crate


Friday, 4 January 2019

'Identity' - Editor's Letter

What makes you, you? What are you passionate about? What book can you read over and over again and never get sick of it? What film do you know all the words to? What experiences have moulded you into who you are today?

This issue is all about you - I'd love to curate your art, your thoughts, your poetry, everything that makes up your very being. 

This could be anything like your religion, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or where you live. I want you to be proud of where you've came from and who you are today!

This issue is a celebration of our differences. To be different is something wonderful, to be weird is beautiful! However, it's also about realising that we are more similar than we even realise. Whilst they might take form in different ways, we all have dreams. We all have an identity. 

I thought it would be a bit more interesting to give you a creative prompt, whatever art form that may take. It could be a written piece, a story, a painting, a video, whatever you choose! My dream is to create a community where everyone feels comfortable sharing and discussing, with no topic being off limits.

So the prompt I want to give you is pretty simple, in the hopes that it'll take many interpretations...

What Makes You, You?

Email your submissions to, or message me on our instagram: @starryeyedcollective

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Much love, 

Orlagh xx
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