The Birth of a Zine

I’m terribly sorry for taking an unannounced hiatus. I’ve been busy working on several projects. Let me update you…

I’ve been very interested in expressing my thoughts and feelings through words lately; something that I’ve NEVER been into. It may be the result of my recent break up, or the fact that my subject matter consists entirely of all things superficial, but I’ve been craving putting a larger significance on my personal thoughts and feelings as of late.

Honestly, this scares me, because I feel I create my work for a third party point of view. Neither personal nor foreign. Well at least my recent porn pieces.

After hearing a story on NPR about an uncreative writing class, in which students are forbidden from writing anything of their own, rather they must repurpose other author’s work. A sort of accepted plagiarism, if you will.

I figured this would be a great way to begin using words in my work:

Since I’m not actually writing a poem or story its not as personal, hence not as intimidating to share. Using the perimeters of only using porn articles and romance novels gives me a box to work in, thus forcing myself to have to be more creative. Make sense? Finally, it’s a great way of utilizing un-useable magazine. Before this I only focused on images, and threw out the rest. Now I get more useable material out of one magazine.

Here’s what great about them:
The articles are usually in one column form to take as little space as possible. Each line is usually only 5 – 6 words long making them partial sentences, which are more interesting to work with. I try not to cut them unless I really like it better without a word or two.

I really like making clean poems, or vaguely sexual subjects because of the fact that there are so many dirty adjectives. I like recontextualizing the dialogues to be non-sexual.

Here’s an example:

Slightly Krugeresque, no?

With these “porn poems” and the colleges of dismembered body parts, I have decided to start a zine. “Girl Talk” will be a collection of words and images created from pornography. I’m still ironing out a few kinks, but plan to have my first one done by May 1st.  I’m going to send a few copies to Quimby’s and also on my Etsy store I am working on getting up. But more on that later.