HFZF Interviews with Zinesters – Amarina and Ron

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Where We Meet Teaser Ron and Amarina

Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

Our zine Where We Meet is a collaboration between Earth-based cohorts/lovebirds Ron Caddigan and Amarina Norris. Here’s what happens: four friends bound by a sisterhood of search gain four items of magical importance. When they meet again they are rewarded for their offerings.

Ron is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and livingroom dance party gold medalist.

Amarina is a fashion designer, beauty diversity activist and owner of the online plus-size vintage clothing store Ursa Major+.

How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?

Although Ron has been creating things for over a decade, this is the first time he’s collaborated with Amarina on a project like this. As a team they were influenced by fat babes being awesome, mega-issues with the fashion industry, new age talismans and cats.

What does it mean to make feminist zines/do feminist diy publishing?

Being creative and printing independent media is powerful and meaningful. For us, it was important to create bad ass female-identified heroes and villains for our project, as a response to the male-dominated world of superheroes. It’s really great to know that there is an international community of people that are consuming and creating feminist zines, and to be a part of it.

Tell us about a feminist who inspires you to keep working on your zines/projects.

There are SO MANY feminists who inspire us: Peaches, Margaret Cho, Stevie Nicks, Karin Dreijer Andersson, Judy Blume, Tina Turner, Bea Arthur, Beth Ditto, Tess Munster, Ilana Glaser and Abbey Jacobsen. All of these women fight for equality in their own ways. Some spooky, some hilarious – all fierce. We wanted a bit of all that in our zine.

What excites you about Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair or the idea of feminist zine fairs in general?

We’ve both participated in fairs and fleas separately in the past; this will be our first time rocking a project we’ve collaborated on. In terms of the HFZF, what’s NOT to be excited about? We can’t wait!

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Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

When: Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 5pm
Where: YWCA Hamilton – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is physically accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.

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