My work definitely embodies my Mexican culture and expresses my love for art. My first zine captures my first trip to Mexico City and Guadalajara in 2002. My second zine explores my trips to the many pyramids of Mexico over a span of 15 years. My latest zine, "Puertas y Ventanas," delves into my obsession with architecture. I also have a mini zine of my drawings of musicians that inspire me. I just finished a zine dedicated to my parents that is inspired by family's road trips to Mazatlan. (Spoiler Alert-My mom's ceviche recipe is at the end of this zine!)
I made my first zine last year. I was inspired by a fellow zinester/co-worker who has been doing zine fests for years. I wanted to use my photos to tell the story of my trips through Mexico and share the beauty of my culture. Making this zine influenced to get back into photography and I have made many more since. I also found that zines are a great way to show my art in a very personal, d.i.y. format, yet inexpensive.
I think they are important because anyone can do it. Zines give a voice to people that are normally not given a chance in the mainstream art world. Zines are also so versatile and free that you find so many different types of art forms and perspectives. This is second year participating in zine fests and the community of artist that come together for these events is very encouraging and inspiring.
Just do it! Once you make one, you will see how fun and freeing it can be. When you make your zines do not limit yourself. You can seriously put anything in your zine. You art, photos, stories, memories, thoughts, ideas, recipes, poetry.....pretty much anything that makes you happy. Lastly, apply for zine fests. They will encourage to make more zines and there is so much inspiration at these events.