What’s a zine?
Zines – pronounced like “zeen” – are self-published, small-circulation magazines. Zines can be about anything you can dream up; there are zines about music and bands, health, self-care, comics, bad movies, feminist topics, sex, kink, LGBTQ issues...the list goes on and on (and on). Make Space creators Jazzlyn and Caitlyn bonded over their shared love of making zines, which is one of the reasons Make Space Zine came to be. Zine-making is all about embracing an independent, do-it-yourself approach to sharing ideas, and, as ROOKIE contributor Emma Dajska points out, “Zine-making isn’t about rules or knowledge, it’s about freedom and POWER.”
Okay, I know what a zine is, but what’s Make Space Zine all about?
Make Space Zine is a print project that seeks to explore, document, and expose the creative spaces of womxn and nonbinary makers and artists in Seattle and beyond. The zine, released quarterly, is dedicated to featuring the work and processes of creatives of all kinds by focusing on the spaces they make for themselves to exercise their craft. Each issue of the zine features 4-5 womxn and genderqueer artists, most of which are based in the Pacific Northwest. Make Space is a glimpse into the rooms where poems are written, clay is spun, and spells are cast.
What is your shipping policy?
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What does the word “womxn” mean?
This is a good question for Make Space Zine’s lead writer, Caitlyn.
What does “womxn” mean? I’m glad you asked! The word “womxn” is an alternate spelling of “woman” and “women” that has been adopted by many feminist writers like yours truly. We choose to spell the word “women” in a nonstandard way within Make Space Zine to express independence from words that position males at the center, thus making maleness the norm. By taking “men” or “man” out of the word, the focus is entirely on the womxn we are featuring. Many people also choose to self-identify as womxn because they find the word to be more inclusive of trans and genderqueer identities. It may seem like we’re over thinking it or being too sensitive, but being intentional and conscientious about language is important to us. It also looks really powerful spelled that way, don’t you think? ~Caitlyn
Who makes the zine?
Make Space Zine is a print project dreamed up by dear friends and Seattle transplants Jazzlyn Stone and Caitlyn Edson. Jazzlyn takes all of the gorgeous photos for the zine, and Caitlyn writes the articles.
Where can I purchase a copy of Make Space Zine?
There are a few ways to get a copy of the zine. The Elliot Bay Book Company carries a handful of them, you can purchase them in our online shop, and you can also purchase them at the art shows we host to coincide with new issue releases. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on when we sell them at local DIY fairs and events.
Why do you only include womxn in the zine? Isn’t that kind of sexist?
Nope. No way. Absolutely not.
Because womxn and genderqueer people are underrepresented (or worse – completely invisible) in nearly all facets of our culture, we are committed to shining a spotlight on womxn and genderqueer artists exclusively as a way to combat the very real sexism that prevents gender equality from existing in the arts, sciences, academics, politics, media...etc. Don’t just take our word for it though - there’s some wild statistics in The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2015 that illustrate just how much gender disparity exists within media in the U.S. right now. So, if your first instinct is to criticize a publication for being sexist when its entire premise is to amplify the voices of those most affected by actual sexism, then this zine likely isn’t for you.
What does “genderqueer” mean?
“Genderqueer” can be defined as “an umbrella term for people whose gender identity is outside of, not included within, or beyond the binary of male and female. Identifying as genderqueer can also mean that a person is actively refusing to conform to traditional, binary gender roles through their expression and behavior. For more information about fluid, non-binary, and genderqueer identities, check out the Trans and Queer Terms page from the Heartland Trans Wellness Group where this definition was adapted from.
How often are new issues of Make Space Zine released?
We release new issues of the zine quarterly. Our latest issue - No. 7 - was released at the end of summer, 2017. Stay tuned for information about the release date of issue No. 8!
How do you find artists to feature in the zine?
Because Seattle’s community of artists and makers is filled with so many inspiring and talented womxn, femmes, and nonbinary folks, it has been really easy for us to find people who want to lend their perspective and creative space to the project. So far we have featured friends, artists in our community that we admire, and makers that have been suggested to us by others. If there’s a Pacific Northwest-based artist you think should be featured, contact us!
Can I find Make Space Zine on social media?