Get to Know Your Zinester: Melt Brianna

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

My first zine was my “make it yourself-crochet”; a visual guide. I made it for a workshop I was doing at o.c. diy fest in 2009. I still distribute that zine to this day, and i also made the o.c. diy fest zine that was distributed at the fest. I think that was my first experience of mass produced and distributed zines. shout out to santa ana fnb! r.i.p.; many fond memories there.

Describe your most recent zine.

I have two most recent zines that I am going to introduce at LA Zine Fest this year. They are both follow ups to zines I have made in the past. I am making a second edition of “things my friends say”, and i am excited about this one because I have made some new friends that are going to be included, and my old friends are going to reappear. The second zine is going to be a follow up issue to my most recent semi-comical, semi-autobigraphical “Jam Slam” series. It’s going to recap the end of 2013 and introduce 2014 through my world lens.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?

Oh wow, this is tough. I’d have to say I don’t have a favorite. Every project I work on deals with a different aspect of life, and touches upon a different emotion/idea that is all encompassing to me. I’d say that all my projects together and all the learning, experiences, and conclusions that it has brought me, and continues to bring me will forever by my favorite. Boom!

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.

1. my direct environment- most of my influences come from direct environments that I’m in, and the things/places that are currently there. I love to people watch, and i love to be inspired by random things people do/say; especially things that are subconscious, and a part of a natural emotional response. These behaviors usually inspire me to collect different views and ways of living that is seen in my work, whether it being displayed as fact or fiction.

2. MAGIK- The idea of creating something artificial, and putting value/relevance behind it has always been a huge influence to me. I love to entertain myself. I love to make myself laugh. Sitting at a table with my own random ideas and just plainly deciding that they are true in another world i create is so blissful for me.

3. Das Outside- I also crave and rely on quiet lonely spaces. I am heavily influenced by organic forms occurring in nature, and it influences my line work seen in how i illustrate. The outside solitude also helps me balance out my love for people, and my ability to keep a lighthearted attitude about aspects of the world that i hate. But i guess anyone could agree with that, right? “Yo, we all need a break!” – The Werld

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?

When I’m not creating, I am creating! Sounds weird, but my full time job is co-owning my company, Road Runner Bags. We do 100% of the manufacturing, designing, and promoting of cycling and traveling specific bags and accessories. At times, this can harm me artistically because I become creatively exhausted. I have learned to dedicate time away from my business, so i can continue to grow outside of it.

Check out more from Brianna at Melt Brianna!

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