Lorelei Vashti sits down for a chat with artist Minna Gilligan in Minna’s colourful Fitzroy studio. They talk about Minna’s success as a young female artist, and the “advice” she receives about being “too commercial” because of her selfies and social media engagement. They laugh and chat, and it’s all photographed by Bri Lee.

Charlotte Wood has written us a personal essay called Feral Women. It comes off the back of feedback she got from a review of her Stella Prize winning novel, The Natural Way of Things, and deals with her admiration for creative women shedding expectations and “going feral”. The essay is accompanied by an original illustration by Anna Apuli.

Carly Findlay met up with her friend Michelle Roger and they exchanged thoughts about the expectations and judgments they receive when trying and buying clothes as women with disabilities, and how it represents wider issues of ableism in Australia. Their conversation was photographed on 35mm by Eloise Grills.

The Featured Artist for Issue #1 is Quandamooka woman Leecee Carmichael. Her work appears throughout the magazine and on a glossy, fold-out centerfold. Bri Lee also interviewed Leecee for an artist’s profile, and their conversation was photographed by Savannah van der Niet.

Thea Basiliou is interviewed in her Melbourne store, Blonde Venus, by Sarah Scott. Thea talks about her decades of experience as a progressive fashion buyer in Australia, and about the meaning and consciousness of a modern woman’s fashion choices. Photographed by Bri Lee.

Grace Bullen investigates and writes about the crucial work the Queensland Country Women’s Association did (and continues to do) for communities affected by severe drought across the state and an original illustration by Anna Apuli accompanies the piece.

Cece Devlin met with their friend Jack B Quick at a café in Melbourne where the two chatted about queer and trans representation in the roller derby scene, and Bri Lee took pictures. Jack talked about being pressured to adhere to certain beauty standards as a gender non-binary stripper and sex worker, then they enjoyed an impromptu tattooing session.

Bri Lee interviews Savannah van der Niet about her incredible work as a photographer, and her life as a young creative woman chasing stories and personalities. The piece is accompanied by self-portraits and photos of Savannah and her home.

Zoya Patel interviewed Tara Cheyne when she had just been announced as a candidate for Labor in the ACT (Tara is now the local member for Ginninderra) and Yasmin Masri took their picture on a sunny day in Canberra. Tara spoke about how her appearance effected her career in politics – both positively and negatively.