An alphabetical list of the Zinesters for LBZF19. Click a name to view their profile or visit the Zinesters page to explore by photo.

Andi Lake

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Why do you make zines?

I grew up needing to be seen and heard, I am a Leo, so attention seeking is kind of my thing. I loved to express myself in all sorts of ways, verbally, theatrically, physically, visually, etc. I first started to feel like an 'artist' when I was in high school and taking my first photography course. I loved the spontaneity and unpredictability of the medium. Not knowing what you were going to be inspired to photograph, and then having to wait to even see what the film would look like was exhilarating.

Zine making has brought back that magical, exciting and unpredictable energy I first experienced when I first up a camera. Im never quiet sure how things are going to look once run through a copy machine, how the words will fit with the photographs, or how that final piece is going to come together. but theres magic in it. Plus I just get to talk about myself for as long as I want and my leo ass is here for it.

What was the inspiration for creating your first zine?

About two years ago I began to go through one of the most challenging periods of my life. My marriage was ending and I was completely heartbroken. I poured it all out in writing. Poetry mostly. Just sad heartbroken raw poetry. One evening I was reading some of these poems to a friend, and she was moved by them. She encouraged me to put together a book. That seemed a bit extra, but the thought of having them all in one place, together, just a bunch of sad poems keeping each other company, that seemed right. I kept writing and editing, and eventually had the poems that would become my first three zines, Lengthy, Hibernation, and New Couch.