Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
My original zine, L’Affiche, is literally a collage made on one sheet of paper, cut up into strips and sewn into a 2 1/4″ square book. Sometimes it includes writing, other times it’s very visual. It’s extremely experimental, and has always been a great way for me to release energy and thoughts. The cooking zine is just that… recipes that my mother and I wrote, either together or separately (you’ll find her at my table too, she’s very supportive of zine-making). My newest zine, You Don’t Deserve My Misery, is my single-life dumping ground. It’s made using cutouts and my typewriter, single sheet. Some of it can be extremely emotional and dark, other parts of it are humorous and lighthearted. Three zines… three different styles.
Where do you work on your zines?
If I haven’t sat on the floor (any floor) for at least one minute of making any zine, then I haven’t truly worked on it. For the cooking zine, I was sitting on the floor fixing the printer when I was trying to print it out, for the color zine, I sat on the floor for almost every single binding session. I will work at a desk when using my typewriter, and I will work in my bed when using my computer, but I also have to sit on the floor. Sometimes I write ideas down while I’m out in the world… or talking to people, and I develop them later.
What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
I really wish I could answer this question, but I’ve been a little bit out of the loop when it comes to learning about other zinesters & small press publications. I’m hoping to meet a lot of people at zinefest and learn about what they do! All of the zines I have read… I have loved… so I don’t expect that positivity to stop anytime soon. I like to keep an open mind when looking at other people’s work, it is then that I am more likely to enjoy it.
What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Always have something to write on (paper, phone, receipts, whatever…). You never know when something is going to strike you or inspire you, and it’s really important to write down or draw out anything that comes to mind. My other word of advice: Collect everything, within reason. If something inspires you.. like washi tape (just as an example), then look for it everywhere you go, and buy it or collect it whenever you can. If you love photos of watermelons and want to make zine after zine of watermelon photographs.. then start cutting out every watermelon photo of every magazine. You never know when you’re going to use it. Have at least one box where you will store things that you collect (I have two small cabinets and storage under my bed).
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
I started making zines before entering college, and I think the whole idea really brought me into the world of book art (which I ended up minoring in at college). I know they are sometimes seen as two separate entities, but I have been able to apply my zine-making “skills” whilst making books, and my book-making “skills” whilst making zines. I think that the communities of people trying to preserve things like books, vinyl records, and magazines are an incredible group of people, and I am so proud to be one of them (and even prouder to be friends with so many of them).
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