Michelle Olley

The Monkey Butler – Marketing Director

Michelle is a writer, journalist, magazine & book editor and filmmaker.  At the age of 23, (!) she became a director of Skin Two magazine – the world’s leading fetish lifestyle and culture magazine at the time, where down the years she got to visit some of the more colourful spots around the world, instigate the-then largest fetish night club in the world, the Skin Two Rubber Ball and to interview various luminaries about fetish cultures influence in the worlds of art and culture, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Tim Burton, Marilyn Manson, Clive Barker, Melinda Gebbie and Alan Moore.

Michelle has been an editor at Penthouse UK (lasted four months – long story), gay men’s lifestyle title Attitude, fashion quarterly P.U.R.E, and pioneering gay men and women’s lifestyle title, Fable.  She has written and edited eight anthologies of erotic art and photography, including the works of Herb Ritts, Derek Ridgers, Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons and Nick Knight.  Her work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, i-D, and, more recently, Bonafide, the hip-hop, electronic music and street art magazine.  She was also the ‘tableaux model’ at the centre of one of Alexander McQueen’s notorious s/s 2001 women’s fashion shows, VOSS; and for nearly a decade fronted electro-disco band, Salon Kitty.

Until recently Michelle was content manager for Turner Broadcasting’s European Content Distribution arm – which includes Adult Swim, the non-U.S version of the hugely successful Turner Broadcasting cable channel / website – which she made a documentary feature about.  She currently gets her bio survival tickets by playing the game as a freelance writer and event producer.  She joined The Mycelium to co-produced the 2017 run of Cosmic Trigger.