I jumped into Alma Stoller's I Heart Zines swap at the last minute this year. I'd been thinking about it for months, but I wasn't sure that I wanted to commit the time to it this year. After making 2 zines, I know myself pretty well: it takes a lot of hours to put one of these together. I spend many days writing, editing, and creating individual, handmade covers for each zine.
In the end, I couldn't miss the swap. I learn so much every time I produce a zine. It's an opportunity for exploration and art-making and putting myself "out there."
This year's Something Extra is subtitled The Invitation. I wanted the cover to convey the sense of an old formal invitation, found in an old trunk full of family photos, love letters, pressed flowers, and precious linens.
Each cover is an old calendar page, covered with strips of text from obsolete books (shorthand, typing, a public health book from the 1930s, etc.). I painted some words about invitations in white acrylic, then I stitched on pieces of old lace and crochet. I hope the mixture of papers and graffiti-ish words prevents the covers from becoming too sentimental. The title label is printed on blue vellum. I like how the book text shows through a little, adding another layer to peer at.
The zine contains articles that are expanded versions of some of my blog posts, plus some new photography and a couple surprises. Ten zines went out on Friday afternoon. I'm going to make a few more covers this week, and once I've sewn those together, I'll be done with Something Extra, probably for another year.