Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.
We are artists, writers and zinesters. among other things we write about queerness, femme identity, sexuality, intimacy, community, addiction, sobriety, intoxication culture, trauma, madness, accessibility and hope.
Geoff writes about mixed race and genderqueer identity. Clementine writes about being a witch and surviving child abuse and intimate partner violence.
Besides producing our own creative and academic work, we are also community organizers. We organize from a disability justice perspective, prioritizing accessibility at our events and workshops. We believe in ground-up knowledge production and non-hierarchical art making. We work with local artists and aim to build alliances across communities of difference. We value the myriad and multiplistic perspectives within our communities, encouraging dialogue and participation.
The creative work produced by from the margins is open and not limited to zines, events, workshops, writing and art. This website will be a work-in-progress where we share what we are working on.
you can find us online at from-the-margins.tumblr.com.
How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?
geoff: Clementine inspired me to make zines. We co-produced the first zine that i worked on. She showed me how to do the layouts, gave inspiration for style and showed me how to make flats in order to photocopy the zine.
clementine: I got into zines when i was thirteen. I got my hands on a book called ‘a girl’s guide to taking over the world’ and then I started ordering zines through the reviews in broken pencil magazine.
What does it mean to make feminist zines/do feminist DIY publishing?
geoff: To me it means taking an anti-oppressive, intersectional and disability justice approach to all work that I do while recognizing that all people are affected in varying ways to sexism, patriarchy and masculinist misogyny.
clementine: To me it means that all stories count, that all stories are political, that the work we are doing is important and that it doesn’t need a stamp of approval. It means dialogue and learning from each other and being willing to grow. It means an explicitly anti-racist, anti-transmisogynist, pro-sexworker, queer, intersectional reclamation of feminism.
Tell us about a feminist who inspires you to keep working on your zines/projects.
geoff: Clementine of course! Also, all the queers peeps that i share most of my day-to-day life with ❤
clementine: I am inspired by the trans women and sex workers who continue surviving in the face of such extreme bullshit. I am inspired by all the feminist, gueer, genderqueer, trans, femme, survivors in my life.
What excites you about Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair or the idea of feminist zine fairs in general?
geoff: Simply hanging out and connecting with some other rad folks.
clementine: An opportunity to trade zines, meet new people, read new stuff.
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.