I’m so excited to tell everyone – Mckenzie will be spending a few weeks in August as a participant in the Fight Boredom Zine Residency! We’ve gotten to know each other through our zines and letters over the past few years, and I’m looking forward to spending time together outside of the busy-ness of zinefests. While here, she’ll be working on the latest issue of her perzine Swearing In Cursive, including some writing on her job at a high-end fabric and yarn store and the intersection of capitalism / feminized labour / “women’s work”, as well as keeping a journal, avoiding the internet, and checking out the city. We’ll have just caught her after her move from Oakland, CA to Boston, MA, and I imagine we’ll have a lot to talk about in terms of comparing cities, concepts of home, and uhhh OkCupid dates in our respective cities.
Mckenzie is a queer, fat, femme, latin@ cis woman. In addition to knitting and zines, she’s into cooking and sharing food, singing (oh can we please go to karaoke together??), and dancing around her room to cute songs about crushes. When asked about her favourite zines and what makes her happy, Mckenzie responded:
“During my last year of high school, I was introduced to Amber’s zines Culture Slut and Fight Boredom, Maranda‘s zine Telegram, and Tukru‘s zine Your Pretty Face Is Going Straight To Hell through their respective blogs. My introduction to zines was really profound. They were my introduction to feminism, queerness, and discussions about mental health and social justice. Although it took me about five years to make my first zine, it was the first community that I felt a connection with. Recently, after years of knitting and only months of sewing, I began the process of creating my own wardrobe. Making my own clothes teaches me technical skills, allows me to create clothes that fit my fat bod, and gives me the option to choose ethically sourced fabric and manufacturing options. My connections with the zine and textile communities ebb and flow, but they have fostered, (and continue to foster!), amazing growth in me and for that I am grateful.”
You can find more at Etsy and Instagram, and you can catch Mckenzie and I tabling together at Queer Between The Covers (Montréal’s annual queer bookfair) on Saturday, August 15th from 11am – 6pm at the Centre communautaire de loisirs Sainte-Catherine d’Alexandrie, 700 Rue Amherst, métro Berri-UQAM. (Photos above taken by Kennedy Mullen).