I was mucking around the other day with cloning myself and here is the result of that. I think we all need to tell ourselves to get out there and werq it at some stage!! What’s funny about this picture? No hair or make up done, and a completely hilarious outfit consisting of things I’d probably never wear together. Sometimes you’ve just gotta make a fool out of yourself :D
Here are some typographical pieces for the Tell Me About Your Body in 10 Words or Less zine. Out of context these phrases could mean different things entirely!
You may have noticed that I’ve been super busy and maybe a little bit patchy with the blogging recently but I’m trying not to beat myself up over it. It’s just that things have to give way when stuff is happening, and I have to recognise that I’m not Super Awesome At Being Everything To Everyone Girl. One of the things that I had to put on hiatus was drawing for the zine, but this afternoon I wasn’t feeling very good so I went to bed with my sketchbook.
The volume of statements people have contributed is huge and big and overwhelming so I’ve been trying to think of ways I can cut down on the number of pages and the amount of time it’ll take me to illustrate everything. I’m not really sure what the word for it is, but I experienced a moment of [insert that word there] when I read Mel Stringer‘s Telephone & Me zine. (Side note: you should buy one, I felt so emotional reading it!) Mel’s compiled illustrations she’s done which kind of read like diary entries. The sketchy/ doodly approach really appealed to me so I thought I’d stop being such a perfectionist and do some of the statements as quick sketches. So I did that and I’m very happy with them! These snaps are just a couple of my favourites.
I’m so overwhelmed at the positive response to my Tell me about your body in 10 words or less project! At the moment there are 183 statements that people have contributed, which not only blows my mind but it makes me think that perhaps the zine (or book!) could be split into a few parts. I’m still mulling it over, but it’s a happy problem to ponder!
I really didn’t expect to feel so affected by each statement. Thank you for entrusting your feelings to me, it feels like I am creating an album of thoughts that all of us can perhaps identify with.
It’s been a bit of a disrupted work week, but here are three more drawings for Tell me about your body in 10 words or less. I didn’t realise how much people’s feelings would affect me, and I have to say it’s slow going at times.
After going to TEDxBrisbane and seeing Dallas Clayton’s video on publishing “An Awesome Book” I have been feeling inspired to self publish a book. I’ve also been reading a few old zines, the FaT GiRL zines from the 90s in particular, and I thought I’d start out by publishing a zine on body image – your body image.
So, I put up a question on a Google Form: Tell me about your body in 10 words or less.
Lots of people have contributed their statements already! Some of them are sad, some are funny, but all of them speak to me of honesty and struggle.
So, how do you feel about your body? You can contribute too. You don’t have to put your real name, but a name is nice because I can illustrate your words and then attribute those words to you. The end product will be an A5 sized zine – I am yet to figure out the details, but I hope to have enough interest in the book to have it colour printed. I will also make the zine available online for free.
If you’re interested in a printed zine, please let me know so I can start figuring out numbers!