“Phoebe is a queer, disabled, wholesomeness dealer living in Bristol. They make zines to contain thoughts, memories and feelings that need somewhere to live.”
Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Phoebe, I’m a queer spoonie wholesomeness dealer that lives in Bristol, UK.
What do zines mean to you?
Zines are my social life, my main way of learning and creating, my way to connect with people from all over the world.
How did you first get started with zines?
This will reveal my age, I think…I discovered Aaron Cometbus’s writing via Stumbleupon. It was the first part of a story called Punk Rock Love and I decided I needed more of it, so I ordered his Shortbus anthology.
In fact, here’s a myspace picture of me reading it…
Tell us about your zines.
I’m a very visual reflector, so I often find that my zines can have art pieces where some people might have a few extra paragraphs of writing. This means some of my zines are a bit open to interpretation – in particular, I have a wordless collage zine called ‘wtf is self care and how do I look after myself’, which people get different meanings from.
I use my zines as a way to collect feelings in a jar – particular times of my life, especially breakups, go into a zine and I find that a useful way to process my feelings. I then distribute these to show others that they’re not alone with their feelings.
What resources do you use to create your zines?
I make most of my zines using paper, craft knife and pritt stick, and then scan them all on my trusty scanner. For one page A4 8-fold zines, I just scan copies when they’re needed. For bigger zines, I scan the pages into publisher and print them in booklet form from there.
Tell us about your zine-making process.
My brain is quite good at developing things into a linear format, so for bigger zines I often start with a multi page plan. Then I search for elements to include, like collages, journal entries, or notes/poems that are stored on my phone.
Some zines take me twenty minutes, and some zines take me a year and a half (Tony, my big collaborative zine about mourning Anthony Bourdain, took me months to finish, because it’s been such an emotive subject for me.)
Do you have any advice for newbie zine makers?
Take your time, b
There are no rules – just do it! Starting with a small number of pages is less intimidating, and maybe have an idea of what you want to say. There are some great prompt lists online.
Attending a workshop might help you feel motivated.
What is your favourite thing about zine culture?
Zines are usually cheap, home printed and other zinesters are always happy to share, which is lovely.
Do you have a favourite zine or zinester?
Why do you make zines?
Because what I have to say is important and has the right to say in the world.
Do you have any events, zine fairs, zine launches, or anything else exciting that you would like to tell us about?
June 21st we are having a zine launch called From Sappho to Stonewall! Submissions are closed, Check out my zine review Instagram, feel free to send me your zines so that I can read them, trade with me, check out my shop!
You can check out Phoebe Kitcher Art by visiting them on their socials…