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History of Zines

History of Zines

Zines, since their conception, have been a way for people to publish outside of the constraints of mainstream media. By taking over control of the publishing process even the most marginalized voices can put their word out. Printed in small numbers and circulating in specific networks, zines are underground publications with niche audiences. Zines started off by being called fanzines, short for “fan magazines”, focused on science fiction in the 1930s. These new DIY publications promoted collaboration on artwork, the…

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DIRT ZINES

DIRT ZINES

A story from mural artist and madelife team member Trevor LePage: About a year ago I was approached by Renee Marino, founder of Dirt Media,  about creating an image for the centerpiece of their newest zine release. This double-sided tape release and zine issue touched the discord between what we see politically and our personal ideals. Before this opportunity,  it had never crossed my mind to start my own independent publication. I was interested in the subject and the tasks…

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5 Projection Mapping Installations to Bend Your Brain

Although projection mapping has been in play since the early 1990’s, it’s been getting some more attention lately from a variety of artists. Perhaps this extra attention and use is because of the way light can bring 2-D art to life and create a 3-D feel. Have you ever experienced projection mapping art? There’s just something a bit magical about the ephemerality that is intrinsic to light as a medium. It’s got the power to be psychedelic art. Light can…

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Top 4 Reasons to Make Your Own Body Products

Top 4 Reasons to Make Your Own Body Products

Ran out of your favorite body lotion? Or maybe you just stepped out of the shower and reached for some moisturizer only to realize you’re tapped out. Maybe you have enough to cover half an arm. No prob! Just give a shout fo Alexa or Siri and leave the rest to a hired driver. Bam. Lotion in 5 mins. But what kind of lotion? It’s super fast and easy to order your body products online a la Amazon or go…

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Why DIY?

In the age of the internet, when accessibility to products and services is constantly growing, it is increasingly easier for people to settle into the norm and buy commercial products. one quick shout to Alexa or Siri and Amazon sends you things faster than you get get to the store and buy them yourself. At the same time, info is also readily accessible, and so making things at home can oftentimes be cheaper than buying them online or at a…

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Interview w/ Heidi Kessler

In anticipation of our upcoming one day workshop, we chatted up our instructor, herbalist Heidi Kessler. Read on for a quick look into the Process and inspirations behind Heidi’s craft. M: Why plants? Plants make my world go ‘round. They lift nutrients from the earth, pair them with the light of the sun, and create powerful energy.  If we are good to them, and pay attention, they share their medicine, wisdom, and love with us. I spend days wildcrafting plants…

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