Who: Nicole Acosta Nemergut and Ballast Zines
What would you like people to know about your zines?
Zines are an archive or record or change and growth. My personal zines offer a snap shot at a particular moment in time. Because they often address similar themes you can track changes and watch someone (me) learn publicly. My plant zines are meant to introduce someone to an individual plant and its uses and history. At best, both of these kinds of zines would circulate to create new learning communities.
Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
I want to shout out Pooja and Lili of Femme Mache. Lili was in the first class of students I worked with when I taught high school and last year we ended up tabling next to each other at the New York Feminist Zine Fest. I introduced zines to Lili as a project in 10th grade and after graduating from college she and Pooja created an amazing collaborative zine project. Femme Mache hosts conversations around a particular theme and then participants each contribute to a zine that Lili and Pooja later compile and publish. They are amazing artists, organizers and zinesters. I was just so deeply humbled and inspired by how a small idea can take hold and create something beyond what I could even imagine.
What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I am excited to be debuting a new plant zine in a brand new city!
Make sure to check out Nicole Acosta Nemergut’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!