What was your first zine about and when was it made?
I don’t think I would have realized I was making a zine at the time, but when I was 17, myself and a friend collected poems from people at our school and stapled them together. We called it ‘Ennui’ and thought we were sooo smart.
Describe your most recent zine.
I just finished making ‘Period. The Zine.‘ with my friend Amelia (from Double Union feminist hacker/maker space. Check it out!) We got chatting about blood and gross stuff and realized we should make a zine together that examines social norms about menstruation. Lots of lovely people sent us their stories, drawings, rants and creative writing and I’m really proud of it!
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
I made a zine this summer called ‘My Family’s Vaginas‘ where I interviewed my Mum and my sister about the health of their respective vaginas. It was really inspiring to hear them talk about what they’ve been through. Also having a zine with a neon cover with ‘My Family’s Vaginas‘ on it has sparked really interesting conversations with people at zine fests, which is always fun and partly the reason why I wanted to make it in the first place.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
Up until the end of this week, I’ve been working with high school students at an after-school program. One of my workshops is based around zine making and book arts, so I get to talk about zines non-stop, teach other people how to make them and steal all their amazing ideas HA! (just kidding). After that, I’ll be working at a non-profit that recycles everyday objects for art projects so will be surrounded with creative things and ideas all day long.
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