First Time PZS Exhibitor: Archive Six
Where do you live?
I’m originally from Los Angeles but currently reside in Seattle.
If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community?
This year is my first time tabling at PZS. Prior to creating zines, my work primarily existed in the digital space. I only just started releasing my writing and art through zines in the last 2 years, so Portland’s welcoming and inclusive zine community really appeals to me.
Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process?
Because I come from a print design background, my zine-making process is very meticulous. Before I start anything, I create a multi-page outline of copy that will appear on every page. Then I create a dummy in InDesign to see which pages need artwork or photos, and to make sure everything flows well. Copy is edited, illustrations are created, and photography is sourced. Once everything looks good, copies are made and zines are hand-assembled!
How do you keep inspired?
The content I create is centered around my experience as a fat activist and woman of color. I keep myself inspired by being an active participant in my activist communities and immersing myself in the works of others who also fight for fat justice.
If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?
Any of Sage Adderley’s FAT-TASTIC! zines, for sure!
What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work!
I’m currently wrapping up two zines that unfortunately won’t be finished in time for PZS, but the newest projects I will be bringing with me include my new full-size fat mermaid coloring book, Big-Bellied Merbabes and my fat fashion photography book, The Little Book of Big Babes.