Alex’s life revolves around making things; primarily zines, buttons, vegan food, travel plans, and space for a cat in her bed.
Alex has been creating the zine Brainscan since 1997 with stories ranging from travel, reproductive health, love and loss, emotional abuse recovery, zine culture, and even fiction all wrapped up in text and photocopier art. She also the creator of the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY guide for zines and zine culture that is now entering its 5th printing.
When Alex isn’t doing zine things she is doing other zine things. Alex is an original and continued organizer the Portland Zine Symposium, established July as International Zine Month, commiserates with Zine Event Organizers around the world, and maintains the zine event listings on the StolenSharpieRevolution.org website. Alex hosts Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast, fidgets with a Risograph printer, reads outloud from her zine on tour and sings in a zine themed bad called The Copy Scams.
In 2012 Alex opened Portland Button Works and zine distro, an online and brick and mortar shop in Portland, Oregon selling zines and books and making custom buttons, magnets, and bottle openers in 3 different sizes.