🎵 IT058: Rhythmic Stabbing
✏️ Honey Parast
🗓 31.03.20

Honey is an illustrator and art toy maker based in Bristol, UK.

Heya Honey. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Hello! Work gets a little monotonous for me so I made a bit of a frolicsome playlist to help me maintain a steady tempo when needle-felting. It’s filled with mostly surfy strings and makes me feel like I’m accompanying each track with a strange percussive instrument.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I think being in dire need of a self portrait of some sort and wanting to showcase how I work went hand in hand for this. A fair few people are still a little unfamiliar with needle-felting so it felt like a nice demonstration.

I start with a florist wire frame if I’m not 100% sure what I want the final pose to be and start bulking it out with toy-stuffing and use dyed merino wool on top to colour. I scrambled together what I could for the props from my flat which involved various things like toothbrushes, weeds from the garden and emptying out spice jars to store wool in.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

In the first week of uni, someone on my course introduced me to Keaton Henson’s Birthdays album and I adored it. The cover sort of reaffirmed illustration could literally be taken in any direction.

Birthdays – Keaton Henson
2013, Oak Ten Records
Artwork: Keaton Henson

Though I’ve only come across the album in the last couple of months, Bedtime Story by Regal Lily has really stuck with me. It’s a beautiful

Bedtime Story – Regal Lily
2020, Sony Music Labels

What did you listen to growing up?

My family weren’t that big into music but I had a mix of all sorts from the Gipsy Kings being played on a constant loop in their restaurants, 80s disco in one uncle’s car, Alice Cooper in another’s, and Rick Astley in my mother’s.

Gorrilaz’s Demon Days album was the first album I bought shortly after starting secondary school. I think at the time, I was in awe of the fact the band was animated and I still listen to them ardently.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Most of Petite Meller’s discography while the weather’s been exceptionally lovely and it’s perfect to cycle to.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

Now that we’re in self-isolation, I brought home two stop-motion armatures I’ve been meaning to work on so hopefully a tiny bit of animation in the future.

Where can we find you?

︎ @honey.parast
︎ @honeyparast

Thanks Honey!

Last Dinosaurs - Apollo / JAWNY - Honeypie / Small Crush - All I Need / toconoma - relive / Mega Shinnosuke - Togenkyo To Taxi / Hot Potato - Lemming / Say Sue Me - Say Sue Me / Wild Nothing - Blue Wings / Orange Juice - Falling and Laughing / Last Dinosaurs - Purist / No Vacation - Dræm Girl / The B-52's - Give Me Back My Man / TOPS - Seven Minutes / Ariel Pink - Santa's in the Closet / Surf Curse - Disco / Siamese Cats - She's Gone / Tennis - Never Work For Free / Ariel Pink - Lipstick /  SmileySmile - SmileySmile / Cate Le Bon - Home to You ︎