The content that I put into my zines are steeped in personal musings, and the celebration and empowerment of women, fat femmes, all genders, all orientations, and nerdy POC! Growing up, I rarely saw portrayals of people in cartoons, TV, comics, event art, who looked like me. When I started making art, I told myself that I would make art that would change that.
- Feminist/Riot Grrrl
- Other (please describe)
I made my first zine in 2013. I wanted to make zines because it was a form of art that was very pure. With zines, I could be my most venerable, messy, angry, happy, fat, brown, nerdy creative self. And, instead of getting unsolicited advice, belittled or trivialized to being "over-sensitive" or "too much about you", the community that introduced me to zines encouraged me to continue creating. Making zines helped me survive the cut-throat, over glamorized fine art scene of Los Angeles, my struggles with my mental health and gave me to some of the most supportive, loving people I've ever met. I make zines to survive and hope that who ever reads my zines will be able to breathe a little easier because of them.
I base a topic of a new zine off of something in my personal life, and then I make a list of what I want the content of that zine to be, and then I start using my connections, and art skills to bring the zine out of my brain and onto print.
Putting the pages of each copy together. I love being able to hold my ideas in my hand!
I make zines for fat, nerdy, hairy, strong, feeling brown women so they know they never have to apologize for being fat, nerdy, strong, hairy, feeling and brown.