Tell us more about your project.
FIERCE magazine is an online zine that a group of feminists and creative writers/artists started up last year. We release a themed online issue sporadically on http://issuu.com/fiercemag. Our goal for the future is to develop a feminist magazine that has an intersectional feminist voice.
How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?
We started making zines because our team loved writing, creating art etc. and we wanted to channel that into a medium that would hold all of our work in a unified collection on of some sort. Two of our biggest influences include i-D magazine for it’s aesthetic and content, but also Rookie Mag that inspired to actually zine.
What does it mean to make feminist zines?
For us what it means to make feminist zines, is collecting a diverse range of experiences and opinions on the topic and mashing it all up to create a product that is greater than the sum of its parts (even though individually – I believe our team comes up with some great stand-alone pieces).
Tell us about a feminist who inspires you to keep working on your zines/projects.
Hmm…. a feminist inspires us… well it may sound too cliche to say Beyonce – but Beyonce. Her work ethic and perseverance to keep on achieving and learning is literally unreal – and I think that aspiring for something like that keeps you going. In terms of feminism though, Beyonce has been a key player in the mainstreaming of feminism – and whether or not that is a good or bad thing I’m not yet sure – but I do know that by speaking about the topic so openly she’s sharing the concept with an audience that may not have come across it otherwise.
What excites you about Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair or the idea of feminist zine fairs in general?
What excites about attending the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair is the potential to network with a whole bunch of people who all have their own zines. We can’t wait to learn about all the other feminist zines that are out there as well as show fair goers our own zine.
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.