What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Last year I teamed up with Kane Lynch to create Lake Cat, a zine which tells the 100% factual and true story of our search for a legendary vicious cat creature which lives in the Oakland hills.
Describe your most recent zine.
Most recently I have been working on Sunrise, a book which illustrates the oldest easter celebration in the country. It deals with ritual, music and community.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
In addition to drawing and printmaking I work with textiles, primarily weaving. In the last few years I’ve been aiming to bring my fiber work and printed work together, resulting in a series of pieces, some more aesthetically pleasing than others, which I’m most excited about. My current fave is a woven wall hanging incorporating printed strips.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Being interested in stories, primarily those about people and their experiences, I draw a lot of inspiration from my favorite storytellers – Milan Kundera, Ray Bradbury and Craig Thompson. I appreciate a good tale where seemingly nothing happens and yet everything happens at the same time and try to evoke a sense of this in my own work.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
When I’m not mucking about in ink, yarn and paper I am very busy with the important task of cuddling my cat, P-Nut.
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