Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.
My name is Laura. I’m from Calgary, Alberta, but have moved to Hamilton to attend McMaster University. The zine I have created is called What Does the Women Say?. It is a collection of drawings and text that I created to explore what feminism is, looking at intersectionalities and the diversity that exists under the term “feminism”.
How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?
This is the first zine I have ever created! I heard about them and have a few friends that have made them and then I was presented with the opportunity to create one for my Women Studies class. I decided to give it a try.
What does it mean to make feminist zines/do feminist DIY publishing?
Self-publishing is extremely important in providing a platform for all voices to be heard. To make a feminist zine or partake in DIY publishing is to share your opinion without being censored by a publishing house or an editor. Zines are not typically made for commercial purposes and are therefore do not necessarily reflect the most marketable or mainstream viewpoints. As such, a greater variety of voices can be more easily heard in the zine format.
Tell us about a feminist who inspires you to keep working on your zines/projects.
While I have always considered myself a feminist, I would say I have only recently become a “practicing feminist”. Since this is really my first zine or involvement in a feminist project, the person that has inspired to get involved is my friend Amelia. She is the one that convinced me to take a Women Studies course in university, without which I would not have known about or be taking part in the HFZH!
What excites you about Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair or the idea of feminist zine fairs in general?
The thing I am most excited about regarding the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair is the opportunity I will have to see what other people have created!
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.