Frizz is something I thought up almost a year ago, originally intended to be a zine publication, whilst I was in my third year of university. I was very frustrated with what I was studying, and was desperate to express myself elsewhere. I had so many thoughts and ideas in a big frizzy mess in my brain, and struggled to find somewhere to (for lack of a better word) vomit them into. So I attempted to begin Frizz, but it got lost somewhere amongst the stress and panic of the final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Flash forward to now and I’m officially a Creative Graduate with a whole lot more time on my hands. I wanted to recreate Frizz as an online creative platform, to make it accessible to anyone and everyone, and also because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of InDesign and print centres. Making a zine ain’t that easy, apparently. Also, I am now the proud and very excited owner of a MacBook Pro, my first PROPER working laptop in the whole 22 years of my life. I am just obsessed with the idea that I can create this whole online world of Frizz from the comfort of my own bedroom or from the coffee shop round the corner from my house (I’ve truly become a Frappuccino MacBook white girl and I LOVE IT.)
When I was in the midst of third year, I struggled a LOT to find inspiration for my projects. I was frustrated because I felt that my tutors did not relate to me, and did not completely understand what I wanted to make. It’s very difficult when you’re paying £9000 a year and can’t fully connect with the people who are advertised as your first point of contact.
However, I ended up finding a whole lotta love and creativity from the wonderful friends I met along the way at university. I met talented artists who created beautiful lifelike paintings that would put the ones at the National Portrait Gallery to shame; fashion designers whose consistent dedication and passion never failed to fascinate me; animators who loved snails and naked ladies so much they made whole films about them; amongst so many more poets, photographers, writers, illustrators, graphic designers, sculptors, woodworkers, set designers and more. It made me realise that this is what I LOVE, and this is what I thrive off. I love learning about peoples passions, hobbies, skills, and what makes them tick. This is what inspired ME to keep on creating - seeing other people, like me, doing their own thing and KILLIN’ it.
Hence why I am building Frizz, to be the kind of platform I needed while I was at university. A place for other creatives to share their work and their passions, as well as a safe space for anyone to visit when they need to get themselves out of a creative rut, or just open their minds a little bit. Not only somewhere to inspire, but somewhere you can go to discover, explore, and grow. I, like many others, am at a point in my life where I feel like I’m just beginning. It’s exciting at times but also a lil bit scary. Frizz is here to remind you that you ain’t alone with all that. We’re all in the same boat together, in a big frizzy curly mess. And it’s okay.
I hope you can stick with me on this little journey. I don’t exactly know how this is going to evolve, but that’s the fun of it.
If you’re interested in sharing your own work, whether it’s visual, written or anything else, head on over to the Submit page. You can also suggest any ideas for things you would like to read or see here. And follow us on Instagram for more regular updates!
Thanks for listening :-)