Thandi Welman-Hawkes

She / They

I’m a chronically ill fat person who sews to make clothes to nurture my inner child and cover my butt in fabulousness. Sewing is a great way to tap into the hyper focus that is ADHD gold and also to heal decades of internalised fatphobia. When I can’t sew I knit and occasionally embroider. 

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

Music is a visceral experience. I want it to thunder in my blood and drive me through the fatigue that is a frustrating part of my autoimmune disease. I’ve always had a strong connection with dramatic music that makes you feel Big Feelings. When I sew I usually listen to a podcast or audiobook, so that I feel like I’m making the best use of my time, scaffolding my tasks. But sometimes I need the burst of energy that I only get from what my spouse calls my shouty music. 

Tell us about your playlist:

Some people like to listen to gentle, soothing music when they are crafting. I am not one of those people. If you: 
a) Have occasionally worn all black and wished to shriek like a banshee while being carried aloft on the wings of a thousand bats
b) Also wore too much eyeliner in first year at university
c) Seriously considered stabbing a foolish, 
interrupting mortal with a seam ripper 
d) All of the above
Then this playlist is for you! The core of the playlist is the nostalgia of the nineties angry femme grunge band updated to include some more recent rocking foot stompers and a little dark electronica. Awaken the angry 90s teenage girl within. Please note that this playlist is made up of at least 60% explicit content. Put on your Docs and proceed with caution. 

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Banshee Anthems

  1. you should see me in a crown – Billie Eilish
  2. TGIF (feat. Tom Morello) – K.Flay, Tom Morello
  3. People I Don’t Like – UPSAHL
  4. loud mouth – tiLLie
  5. Body Bag – DEVORA
  6. Raise Hell – Dorothy
  7. The Rush – JJ Wilde
  8. death wish – LØLØ
  9. Love Me or Hate Me – Kelsy Karter & The Heroines
  10. Seize the Power – YONAKA
  11. Kids (Ain’t All Right) – Grace Mitchell
  12. Celebrity Skin – Hole
  13. White parents – Shungudzo
  14. Yes It’s Fucking Political – Skunk Anansie
  15. And They All Fall Down – Saint Agnes
  16. Clique – YONAKA, FEVER 333
  17. Beautiful Is Boring – BONES UK
  18. Freak – ZAND
  19. Charlie Big Potato – Skunk Anansie
  20. This World Ain’t Big Enough – Saint Agnes
  21. LITTLE GODZ – Holy Wars
  22. Blood In The Cut – K.Flay
  23. Carrion Flowers – Chelsea Wolfe
  24. Gravedigger – MXMS
  25. Army Of Me – Björk
  26. Can You Feel My Heart – Mothica Version – MOTHICA
  27. Desire – MEG MYERS
  28. If – Fetish
  29. #1 Crush (Nellee Hooper Mix) – 2015 – Remaster – Garbage, Nellee Hooper
  30. Mother Mother – Tracy Bonham
  31. overwhelmed – Royal & the Serpent
  32. That Bitch – Sizzy Rocket
  33. Feeling Good – Sofi Tukker
  34. It’s Oh So Quiet – Björk
  35. King – Lilith Czar
  36. Monsters – Ruelle
  37. Queer – 2015 – Remaster – Garbage
  38. 6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps
  39. Secretly – Skunk Anansie
  40. Glory Box – Portishead
  41. Something in the Way – MXMS
  42. Hardly Wait – Juliette Lewis
  43. Seven Devils – Florence + The Machine
  44. Tired as Fuck – The Staves
  45. labour – Paris Paloma
  46. Burn Your Village – Kiki Rockwell
  47. i could have been worse – KiNG MALA
  48. Diet Culture – Brye