Mariel Richards

Chaotic Maker

I’m Mariel, and a maker who started sewing and knitting again in 2018, and took it up with SERIOUS energy in lockdown v1 earlier this year. I work in the media, as CEO at gal-dem magazine. My job is often creative in developing strategies and ideas for clients and our team, but I rarely get to have my hands fully in the creative production. Sewing and knitting appeases my love of practical hands-on distraction, and my urge to create. I’m loving knitting at the moment and have about 3 baby blankets on the go. With sewing I love dressmaking, where I get to explore a ridiculously girly version of Mariel who I had no idea existed until I landed in this online sewing community and immediately made up like 40 tiered / gathered / puffy / flounced / ruffled dresses and jumpsuits.

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

Music is often a distraction to me – I work better in the quiet or to abstract noises like rain sounds or fires crackling (s/o to my ASMR crewdem), BUT, music is confidence for me.

In the day to day admin, in trying to do too much too often, music reminds me to stop, be silly, be sexy, be cool, be myself for a moment and just live (and dance) in the moment. Music is a rest, a release, and a reminder.

Tell us about your playlist:

Listen. Sometimes you can get so caught up in the day to day, or in the small failures of a make that you forget that you really are THAT flame. You made this, you started this, you created this, you own this. This playlist is my slow smooth journey from the quiet sexy jams into the big bold beats that remind me to take a second and check myself out, celebrate myself, post a thirst trap – believe in my sauce.

Anything (no matter how bungled, fumbled, abandoned in a fit of chaos and rage) can be transformed with sauce!!! Confidence is the last ingredient that I so often forget to add to my fits – and in the moments that I can’t draw from my own well the moody dark beats from ‘Over’, the bold lyrics on ‘The Weekend’, and pretty much anything from Rihanna or Bey, help me re-remember quiiite how much sauce I really have deep within.

Being real – I understand that it’s not always about how something looks, and there are some problems bigger than a dance and a selfie can fix, but let me tell you, makes always look better in motion – and this playlist *will* get you moving.

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Re-believe in your sauce

  1. Anything – Harve, Fatima
  2. Sad Girls Club – VEDA BLACK
  3. Honey – Kehlani
  4. Tyrant (feat. Jorja Smith) – Kali Uchis, Jorja Smith
  5. Get You (feat. Kali Uchis) – Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis
  6. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM – Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi
  7. Focus – H.E.R.
  8. The Weekend – SZA
  9. Gonna Love Me – Teyana Taylor
  10. Turn Your Lights Down Low – Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ms. Lauryn Hill
  11. holy terrain – FKA twigs, Future
  12. On & On – Erykah Badu
  13. Adorn – Miguel
  14. Know – Syd
  15. Consideration – Rihanna, SZA
  16. Garden (Say It Like Dat) – SZA
  17. Pyramids – Frank Ocean
  18. Hold You – Hold Yuh – Gyptian
  19. See You Again (feat. Kali Uchis) – Tyler, The Creator, Kali Uchis
  20. Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.
  21. 21 Questions – 50 Cent, Nate Dogg
  22. Ride Wit Me – Nelly, City Spud
  23. Sex With Me – Rihanna
  24. Rolling Through The Hood – Kelis
  25. Addictive – Truth Hurts, Rakim
  26. Green Light – Beyoncé
  27. If It’s Lovin’ That You Want – Rihanna
  28. Binz – Solange
  29. Slide – H.E.R., YG
  30. The Pleasure Principle – Janet Jackson
  31. Over (feat. 6LACK) – Syd, 6LACK
  32. D’Evils – SiR
  33. Controlla – Drake
  34. Drunk in Love (feat. Jay-Z) – Beyoncé, JAY-Z
  35. In Public – Kelis, Nas
  36. MOOD 4 EVA (feat. Oumou Sangaré) – Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, Oumou Sangaré
  37. Mask Off – Future
  38. Be Honest (feat. Burna Boy) – Jorja Smith, Burna Boy
  39. Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé) – Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé
  40. Partition – Beyoncé
  41. Truffle Butter – Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne
  42. Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) – Migos, Lil Uzi Vert
  43. Money – Cardi B
  44. Say So (feat. Nicki Minaj) – Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj
  45. Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage) – Cardi B, 21 Savage
  46. WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion
  47. Feeling Myself – Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé
  48. Lollipop – Lil Wayne, Static Major
  49. Barbie Dreams – Nicki Minaj
  50. Jumpman – Drake, Future
  51. For Free – DJ Khaled, Drake
  52. Juice – Lizzo
  53. Best Friend (feat. Doja Cat) – Saweetie, Doja Cat
  54. Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller) – DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
  55. Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott) – Lizzo, Missy Elliott
  56. EARFQUAKE – Tyler, The Creator
  57. Big Ole Freak – Megan Thee Stallion
  58. ALREADY – Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer
  59. Like That (feat. Gucci Mane) – Doja Cat, Gucci Mane
  60. Freak Nasty – Megan Thee Stallion