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About Me

My name is Tara- I'm an artist, illustrator, DJ, do-it-yourselfer, punk rocker, zine librarian and long-time zine maker.

I made my first zine, Poseur Grrrl when I was 14 years old after learning about early punk fanzines such as Sniffin' Glue, Search and Destroy and the Sex Pistols' fanzine, Anarchy in the UK. Poseur Grrrl started out as a punk fanzine, but evolved into more of a personal/political zine as years went on. At 15, I started Poseur Grrrl Mailorder, a zine distro I ran out of my bedroom, which carried popular titles from Canada and the US, with a special focus on punk/feminist/girl-oriented zines. A few years later, I became involved with Who's Emma, Toronto's original Anarchist info-shop, where I was the head of the zine committee and a core collective member until the space closed in the fall of 2000.

It's worth mentioning that doing zines and zine art was instrumental in getting me into doing illustration work. I've included some examples here of work I've done over the past several years, which has ranged from punk poster and album cover art to children's book illustration.

Ten years after I first discovered them, I still make and collect zines and have incorporated zine/book-making into my practice as a visual artist. My most recent zines have been mainly art-based, and are usually made up of excerpts from my sketchbooks. I have conducted numerous talks and workshops on zines and zinemaking, both on my own and with the Toronto Zine Library. My most recent zine-related projects include Punk Rockers on Creative Survival and the Survival of Creativity, a zine about punk, Toronto, and creative practice, as well as a series of recipe mini-zines.

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Selected Zine-o-graphy
Poseur Grrrl #1-12 (1997-2003)
Stephanie Kaye is a Slag (2002?)
Poseur Grrrl #13: The Eating Disorder Issue (2004)
Tell Me a Secret (2004)
Tea Bag (2004)
Plastic Nurses and Science Freaks (2005)
Cahier (2005)
El Corazon (2006)
From Russia with Love (2006)
Teenage Lust (2007)
The Ninth Grade Notes Project (2008)
Punk Rockers on Creative Survival and the Survival of Creativity (2009)
Garlic Recipes Zine (2010)
Corn Recipes Zine (2010)

With the Toronto Zine Library:
TZL Resource Zine #2 (2007)
TZL Resource Zine #3 (2007)
TZL Resource Zine #4 (2008)

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At 7:09am on January 5, 2013, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the blog http://zineshow.blogspot.com All works will be exhibited also in the gallery "tymutopiyapres" http://tymutopiyapres.blogspot.com is not a commercial gallery. Welcomed but not "necessarily" summary of your zine or about you or your creative work (this is necessary for further elucidation of the project and possible documentation). Zines for the exhibition please send air mail: "Zineshow" A/C 9875, Sadivnycha 19/1, 79038, Lviv, Ukraine.

At 5:16pm on October 4, 2009, Meaghan Schaible said…
Hello, I have to say that I am very eagar to read one of your zines. Would you be up for a trade?
At 1:35pm on May 5, 2009, Mongrel Zine said…
Hey Tara, I finally logged in and got your comment! Glad you like the zine, hopefully I'll be sending the new issue out there too! ~Janelle
At 12:47pm on April 6, 2009, amy // twelveohtwo said…
you are my zinester hero. <3
At 4:17pm on April 5, 2009, Colouring Outside The Lines said…
Thank you for the lovely comment. They're my art heroes too, you clearly have great taste ;) xox
 
 
 

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