Our zines are solo as well as group projects. We use different forms of art which include both visual and written art. We explore topics around our personal experiences, culture, identities and stories.
The following are short descriptions of some of our zines-
Grounding: is a short zine that gives tips on what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed
Love Is: was created by combining art and activism. It asks and explores the question “what does love look like to you?” through poetry and prose. 50% of the proceeds are donated to the nonprofit Transition Projects.
#4: is a by-product of “Love Is” and further explores the concept of love through poems.
Café: explores the role of coffee in healing and family stories.
Adentro de Mi: gives an inside look into the life of the writer. Using poems and visual art, the writer explores routines through a lens of appreciation and a deep sense of love.
Lagrimas y Calacas (1 & 2): a series created around the common motifs found in the artist’s art which are the recurring imaged of the moon, skull and self.
Untitled (currently being worked on): will explore the connections folks have to the valley through physical places and the memories that the built environment can hold and how these are important in the way that we understand what home means to us.
When I became part of Café y Té Collective, I finally felt motivated and inspired to make my own zine. Ideas were always forming in my head but I had never actually picked up a pen. Looking through some old photographs I have stolen from my grandmother I decided it was time. At the time I was not sure where my life was going and I was going through an identity crisis. I thought if I can find a way to look at my life and feel proud of who I am then maybe life would be a lot more clear. I collaged photos of my childhood, drawings, and notes from my Chicanx Studies Class. All of which in some way or another kept me going in life. And ta-da Queiro Sentir Todo was born.
Zines are important to cultural identity because they have been an accessible way to express yourself. I have seen many POC write zines about mental illness, history, activism, and identity. Being able to get ahold of information and art from folks we can relate to is important, especially when mass media does not portray that.
Starting any project is never an easy task and can often seem daunting, but it's important to remember that taking risks can often be rewarding. I would advise someone new to zine making to not worry so much about productivity. We're all familiar with what a creative slump feels like, what's important is that when we do create we feel like what we create is capturing our voice.