My zine-making journey began recently, in 2018. I wanted to make zines so I built in a zine component to the syllabi in my college courses. My students began making zines about Saabs, coffee shops, abandoned psych wards, the 2018 Midterm elections, ski trails, their favorite menus, their depression, their iPhone addictions. And their visual wonders inspired me to pick up the scissors and glue sticks that have been beckoning to me all along. In 2019 I co-won my university’s Innovative Teaching with Technology Award for - wait for it! - zines!
I turn to zines not only as a meditative practice but also as print portfolios to showcase my yarn activism. I install yarn in public places in my hometown of Rochester, New York, where I view the intersection of yarn and public space as a mechanism to tie us to our city’s abolitionist and suffragist histories. I invite you to peruse the covers of my 2019 zines. Check back for information on where I’ll be exhibiting my zines this fall!