Saturday, November 22, 2008

I've been blogged!

Cathy Cullis over at November Moon and her lovely Etsy shop has added me to her Saturday Shopping list this week featuring my last zine, HPRS 15. What an honor! As she'll also tell you, I have "known" Cathy for a long time now on the internets and have a great respect for her creative pursuits, which have developed in an amazing way. I have a small collection of her little dolls in my office that I really love, but her newest sewn artworks are amazing, unique, and really coming into their own. Just take a look at her most recent:

If you're thinking "mutual admiration society," well, I guess you're right. But honestly, I'd have talked about Cathy soon enough anyway. :)

As for me, I just found a couple extra copies of a little zine called Pumpkin that I did a few years ago. It has a rather interesting format that I enjoyed putting together. See what you think!

Regarding zines, I've had a couple Etsyans tell me that they have no idea what a zine is. I've also added the following description to my listings, but in case you aren't sure, either, here you go:

Q: What is a zine, anyway?

A: The zine – a self-published magazine that’s often published by an individual making use of cut and paste techniques and photocopies – has a long history, with its roots reaching back as far as Thomas Paine’s pamphlets of the Revolutionary War era, The Crisis and Common Sense, to the manifestos and pamphlets of the Dadaists and Surrealists in the early 20th century, to the music fanzines of 1970s punk rock and the Riot Grrrl and DIY movements of the 1990s and beyond.

The past few years have seen many zine publishers pushing the envelope with the form, transforming the humble photocopied pamphlet to an honest-to-god work of art. Along with the gain in popularity of book arts in general, zines can be an astounding alternative to more traditional art-making.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!


Judy Goddard said...

Hey Amy.

Great job so far. May you hugely successful!

Speculative Science fiction, hmmmm?

Sound cool. I'm a bit of SF fan. Visit my blog and tell me some titles. Maybe I've read them. Maybe I will!

Judy Goddard said...

be hugely successful!

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Nice tribute to your friend.Enjoy blogging..I love mine.

Giftbearer said...

What a gorgeous wallhanging!

nuvonova said...

Those sewn artworks, oh wow!

capitolagirl said...

Congrats on your feature. And, best of luck to you with your new shop. I've been Etsy-ing for more than a year and my seller anniversary is coming up in January. I love all the creativity of the artists too.

Cathy Cullis said...

Hello Amy, I found you:) And thank you so much for the mention and you r kind words. Your description of 'what is a zine - is so worthwhile. Wishing you much success with this new blog - I'll be adding a link to here:) Cathy (november moon)

Camilla said...

Hey Amy
I'm glad you've got a blog now as well as lj- it's been fun seeing your etsy treasuries crop up.