The Girl’s Room Zine, title page
Over the course of the past few weeks, I have been dedicating 1 hour a day to creating what is now The Girl’s Room. What is it exactly? I’m still not entirely sure. It’s definitely a zine, which by definition is a homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter. What’s special about The Girl’s Room though, is it is more than just a zine, it’s a mindset that I have began to adopt and practice.
What started out as a class project, has manifested itself into a documentation of the healing process, adapting with difficult change, and empowering oneself with positive and feminine energy. I see this as volume I of several, it may be the end of this project, but it is the beginning for The Girl’s Room.
The Girl’s Room, pgs. 1, 2, 11
In addition to the zine, I created 100+ pins inspired by The Girl’s Room to be handed out along with it. The images on the pins either come directly from the pages, or possess the same qualities as the zine itself.
The most challenging aspect of all of this was the physical construction of the zine itself. Each picture was edited (mainly simple edits, some more intensive), printed out, collaged upon, taped, and drawn on. After I made the rough zine, I proceeded to scan each page in, and organize the pages correctly in order for the zine to be printed out successfully. It was tedious, but I enjoyed it regardless.
I ended up selling a few zines and many pins at an art show in Athens, OH. While I was there I had the opportunity to listen to a woman speak, who was heavily involved in the underground press during the 1990’s, and has printed and distributed her zines worldwide. I believe she is currently in the masters program at OU (unfortunately I never caught her name).
To view the full color zine visit my website, cactuscreate.com.