Margarat Nee & Kim Schwenk
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Margarat’s 1st zine, made in the early 90’s, was “OYA” begun in response to the 1st abortion provider assassination (and written under a pen name due to the heightened feeling of danger in that era to those who dared to confront misogyny as Dr. Gunn had). Kim’s 1st zine was a high school newspaper actually, that pissed off all the jocks and cheerleaders and almost got her expelled. As a collective we have produced “Let’s DIY” #s 1 & 2 as how-to guides for others interested in presenting zine workshops and working with community groups.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
As Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go our favorite project was the exhibit in 2009 at Mira Costa College called “Zines (re)make history”. We displayed over 300 zines which surrounded a Scrap Lounge which visitors used to create collaborative zines during the month-long exhibition. Opening night was the highlight with 200 people filling the room – the most popular gallery opening they’d ever had, and the fact that people gathered and collaborated so openly.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Grrrl Zines A-Go-Go has been influenced by Gee Vaucher of Crass not only for her early graphics work with Crass, but also for her empowering visual art statements and attitude of “keep doing it.” We’ve also been influenced by Winston Smith political collage (Kim), HannahHöch Dada early feminist collage (Kim), political and educational organizing by Mujeres Libres, and herbalist community workers.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
We’re working! We have jobs we have to go to, which of course takes time and energy away from what really matters to us – never stop trying to creatively uproot media oppression!