Illustrated Tapes 104: Queer Spaces

Curated by Millie Chesters

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Millie is an illustrator based in Cheshire, UK.

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

I really miss queer spaces, I love the atmosphere and I love the music. I’ve put together songs that I’ve heard in these places. Some of my favourite 80s, 90s, 00s classics :-)

I’ve also included songs that came out during COVID that I think are sure to be floor fillers, I mean, the entirety of Lady Gaga’s Chromatica would be amazing but had to narrow it down to two Gaga songs! “LUCID” by Rina Sawayama is so joyous and I can’t wait to ask the DJ to play it!

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

I wanted to include pride colours, and I wanted to draw a scene of dancing people. I just drew and drew til it seemed right! When colouring this illo, I wanted the colours/marks to look like disco lights.

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

Sainthood – Tegan and Sara
2009, Sire / Vapor
Art Dir / Design: EE Storey
Photography: Pamela Littky

This album cover has been stuck in my head for years. I just admire T&S so much and I have always thought this is a great image. Their appreciation for all kinds of creative disciplines has always encouraged me and has certainly shaped part of my own practice.

Chris – Christine & The Queens
2018, Because Music
Artwork: Tracy Ma
Photography: Jamie Morgan

This album came out in 2018, the year I finished uni. I have always been drawn towards mark-making (it's a big part of my process) and I was figuring out how to express it as a freelancer/professional. Then this album came along and the pastel-y marks on the cover were just so spot-on, it really inspired me.

1981, 99 Records
Artwork - Gina Franklyn

I love everything about this.

What did you listen to growing up?

My first albums were in around 2005 -  Hilary Duff, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne. But my dad was a big heavy metal and rock fan so I had that too!

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

I’ve been listening to Rina Sawayama’s ‘Dynasty’. It's so dynamic.

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

The Grassroots Post is back, now that grassroots football is up and running again. My illustrations are in issue 1 and 2!

Where can we find you?

I have a website -
And I’m on instagram @milliechesters :-)

Thanks, Millie!