I’m a zinester. What’s a zinester? It’s someone who makes zines. What’s a zine? Zine is a take on the word “magazine” it’s a form of DIY self-publishing. I live on the West Coast and zine culture is very popular here. Zines are typically done by younger folks. Those in their early 20’s. So, I’m a nontraditional zinester 🙂 However, all ages can make them. Zines tend to be typically made by marginalized groups whose voices are left out of mainstream media . These folks include: radical women of color, activists/feminists of color, LGBTQ folks of color, anarchists, prison abolitionists, sex workers, etc.
I became a zinester by accident. I needed to do a creative project for a class and a friend suggested I make a zine. I had never heard about zines before. I researched and liked the concept of it. I’ve been part of zine culture ever since. I host workshops for women of color zinesters/DIY publishers as we are still underrepresented in the NW. It’s definitely getting better, though 🙂
The People of Color Zine Project is a great resource if you want to learn more about the history/activism of people of color zinesters/DIY artists.
Check out this fun video on how to make a zine:
I hope you enjoyed this week on DIY projects! Have a great weekend 🙂