HFZF Zinester Interview – from the margins

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Tell us a little about yourself and your zine.

from the margins is an artistic collaboration between geoff and clementine morrigan. 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. for more info visit: http://from-the-margins.tumblr.com/

geoff is a mixed race gender queer of filipinx descent as a settler living on colonized land known as toronto, turtle island, traditionally land of the haudenosaunee, mississaugas of the new credit, huron-wendat and other indigenous peoples. they are an activist, grassroots community organizer and writer. they identify as a sober addict in recovery. they wish to politicize their experiences with substance use and sobriety while unravelling the limited representation of the addicted body.

Clementine Morrigan is a queer femme sober-addict witch, writer and artist. They are a white settler living on colonized land known as Toronto, Turtle Island, land of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the New Credit, Huron-Wendat and other Indigenous peoples. Clementine’s work spans genres and mediums, including essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, zines, illustration, short film, self-portraiture and sculpture. All of their work aims to undermine hierarchies of knowledge production by blurring distinctions between art, academia and DIY culture making.

HFZF2How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?

clementine has been making zines for over 10 years now. they shared their skills with geoff and taught them how to make zines. so the two of them decided to make zines together.

What does it mean to make feminist zines.

making zines that are feminist means that they are explicitly political by challenging interlocking dominant systems of power.

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

geoff: clementine morrigan inspires me to keep producing work, to be vulnerable and to share my experience with others.

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

from the margins tabled at the first fair and we loved it. the vibe was great, the people were very friendly and the organizers were very respectful and mindful to people needs.

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

We’re aiming to create an accessible event that gives a platform to those often under-represented in zine culture.

HFZF will have people tabling, selling and chatting about their zines, workshops, a calm chill out space and a six hour zine challenge.

When: Saturday, November 7th from 11am to 5pm
Where: YWCA Hamilton – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.

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