This year, I had the wonderful opportunity to help host William and Mary’s second zine fest with my peer and friend Carly Martin. Zines are independently published art journals, op-ed political columns, literary magazines, photography booklets, pamphlets for activism, etc. There is no limit to the creativity and individuality behind creating a zine. I personally publish my own work under the distro “The Sunflower Economics,” where I share my poetry, photography, and drawings in small instillations. This event involved a lot of planning and coordination and was done in collaboration with The Small Hall Makerspace where the intersection of art and science manifests in tangible efforts.
The planning included creating a social media presence surrounding the upcoming event. I designed a Facebook cover photo, promotional poster, and Instagram post to generate a buzz surrounding the event:
For these designs, I tried to utilize text as a form of visual art rather than literary art to emphasize the malleable and dynamic nature of zines themselves. The curation of a zine, with the intentional placement of written pieces respectively to visual arts is in itself the art of aesthetics. In creating cohesive designs displaying the important information of the event, I wanted to incorporate this facet of lettering as art into that space.
The event itself was held on Saturday, March 18th, from 11am-4pm. It was extremely successful. There was a table for zine-making and food, a table full of zines from other Fests, and tables for each of the zine makers.
Overall, it was a positive and safer space for creating and exchanging art and literature.