For the past five or six months I have been attending a bi-monthly zine club started by Emmeline Solomon. Emmeline is so many things but mostly she is an incredibly understanding and giving human being. I usually show up to zine club starving and lacking the necessary caffeine to function and she is always there with coffee or tea and snacks! Also an incredible pile of magazines and books to chop up for the afternoon.
Zine club has been a great standing appointment for being creative. I graduated from art school two years ago and it's been a struggle to find ways of being creative outside of school. This is partly why Emmeline started the club. She says she wanted to "create a space where folks were united just by they desire to hang out and make something. Everyone who wants to gets to make something and receive multiple objects in return. This provides folks with the hard physical proof of making and the ability to grow their libraries with the zines made by those sitting next to them." The club has done exactly that.
Cole Lu, Social Chair of zine club, is also an essential element of zine club. She is friend to all and has a good critical eye. She is the one, whether she knows this or not, who really pushed me to try to make my best zine. Her zines always push boundaries and make you think. Emmeline credits her to actually getting people to come to zine club. Her energy and friendliness is infectious. Cole is assistant director at Fort Gondo and runs and curates their zine library.
2015 so far has been my year! I started NUUFORM and finally feel like I am doing something important, creative and stimulating. The gals and occasional gents at zine club have been a non-stop source of support and I am grateful for all of our Sunday afternoon conversations.