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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Finding the Perfect Designer

When choosing a designer, you want to prioritize all the things: Be easy to work with Have extensive industry experience Know your process Be able to show a portfolio of work Be detail oriented Be goal oriented But finding that person who hits all those marks and falls within your budget isn’t always easy for an artist, a freelancer, or a small business. We were lucky to have one of those designers cross our path last year when we put…

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Community Hang(out) 2019

The Community Hang(out) was created by one of our favorite former team members, Leah Brenner Clack. Although she’s still making and creating around Boulder, her legacy lives on at madelife. The Community Hang(out) brings together living artists and our arts-loving community for a night of fun, competition, and hanging out. The best part? 100% of sales go directly to the artists. Yup, that’s right. We don’t take a commission. In the spirit of bringing our community together to celebrate art and living artists, we simply open our doors,…

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Opening Doors and Getting Drenched in Art

Opening Doors and Getting Drenched in Art

Madelife is a mutable space. From one day to the next, furniture gets moved around, meetings happen, creative projects get worked on, events happen, and you just never know what might pop up throughout the day. People are always passing through and the vibe waxes and wanes with the influx of employees, students, and passersby. One treat we love about our space and our work is the accessibility. You just never know who might walk in the door at any…

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15 Maker Questions | Ceramicist Bridget Dorr

Local Ceramicist Bridget Dorr will be leading a hands-on workshop at Madelife on November 15th. Madelife visited Bridget in her Boulder studio to ask her a few questions and to check out some of her beautiful work.   When & where did you first learn your craft? I first started pottery in college while getting my Art Therapy degree.  I took a ceramics class first semester and ended up declaring a ceramic minor that year. Who (or what) has been…

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Instructor Highlight | Laura Peuquet

Madelife joined writer and brand strategist Laura Peuquet for a quick talk about today’s social media trends, working for various clients, and branding strategy. Want to learn how to curate content strategically so that you reach the right audience at the right time? Check out Laura’s Smart Social Branding Course at Madelife! You have worked with a variety of clients and companies. How has your experience helped to hone your working process as a brand strategist? From working with a variety…

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