too many places to post too many things when i really don't feel like typing and would much rather just watch new music videos on youtube.
i will be teaching a mini-zine workshop at the creative space here in barrie. randomly i was talked into this by my newest artist friend jill. i am horrified that i agreed (since i am not a good teacher) and excited at the prospect of brining zines back to barrie (or at least getting a handful of people interested in small press).
Added by Awkward Stage on January 23, 2011 at 9:50pm —
she was ready for anything issue 10 is done!
as an added bonus, parts of it were printed in colour due to the fact that someone different was in charge at my photocopying place, and they aren't used to my crazy photocopying assignments. so, whatever... it's issue 10 in my 10th year as a zinester, so it's all the more special now that it's in colour. the next batch won't be in colour, so grab one up from… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on October 11, 2010 at 7:31pm —
has been printed out and is waiting to be cut and paste into a zine. by this time tomorrow it will actually resemble something that can be photocopied!
it actually hasn't been that long since issue 9 i don't think... but this zine has been fighting me the whole way. it was just sentence fragments for the longest time. putting it together into something cohesive was epic. i am also making a mini-zine called 'ten years ago today... or a day just like… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on August 24, 2010 at 8:33pm —
i managed to put a hold on all my failings and dropping of balls and in a mad rush, late into the night, i cut and pasted my heart out and finished 'i was thinking about having myself a mustache II'... that's right. 75 more out of context quotes from people i know!
a handful of friends have seen it, giggled and raved. so it must be a success. also, i just listed it on etsy. more than willing to trade… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on July 30, 2010 at 9:53pm —
so, my zine 'i was thinking about having myself a mustache' made it to the front page of etsy the other day. pretty much the best thing to ever happen to me (as of lately anyway).
in other news, i'm stuck in an endless loop of nothingness. i have to start making fall/winter collection at work (its hard sewing wool when its hot outside). i keep fussing around with all those sentence fragments that are supposed to be the next issue of 'she was ready for anything'...... to no… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on July 21, 2010 at 9:10pm —
so much for making a zine a month. where did april go? where did may go for that matter? in fact, i might have lost much of february somewhere too.....
i hope these missing months have gone somewhere good. i fear they fell into the dark pit that has formed in my mind. i'm losing a lot of things in there. birthdates, phone numbers, plans i made for a tuesday afternoon.
so i wrote a lot of single sentences. i don't know why, but i can't seem to pull them together into any… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on May 26, 2010 at 7:48pm —
let's learn about:
the plastic bag, the shopping cart and the payphone:
i really enjoyed making mini-zines. the photocopying is easy and low in cost, so bonus. i just might be on a mini-zine rampage. more guides to inanimate creatures will be built slowly until i don't find this amusing anymore… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on February 24, 2010 at 8:52pm —
i'm thinking about mini-zines this week.
i've never made one. but everytime i see one, i'm instantly in love. they are so cute. what's not to like? tiny little pocket sized bits o' goodness. i am going to build my first mini-zine by the end of this month. in fact, i am going to build my first, second and third mini-zine by the end of this month.
my dear friend matt insists that things should come in threes. more specifically, he states that e.p's should come in… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on February 10, 2010 at 8:59pm —
i'm not sure at this point. i offer you "i was thinking about having myself a mustache" (75 out of context quotes from people i know).
it was to be a zine. now it is a zine that is pamphlet stitch bound with mustard yellow paper. this is the only bookbinding method i know, it was taught to me by my darling friend meaghan who should be a bookmaker but instead makes hats for a living. its an insanely simple way to bind a book/zine. i am still treating this project like it is a zine,… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on January 22, 2010 at 9:22pm —
i am antsy as all hell to make some zines that have been sitting on the backburner for months or maybe years...
unfortunately, my hard drive crashed in that ever so delightfully unsavable way, so i have no computer attached to my printer and in turn, no way to print out the zines i have written.
fortunately, nothing was lost in this crash as i am backing up everything on an external hard drive for good measure. for once, my hard drive bailed and i lost nothing!… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on January 4, 2010 at 4:32pm —
10 years ago (ish) i became a zinester.
1999.... it feels like not that long ago that people were in a panic about the y2k. planning huge new years eve parties in case everything turned to shit at midnight. my friends (at the time) and i gathered at a cottage with loads of other people, the friends of a brother and other cottagers. when nothing happened in other time zones, we knew it was safe to move on with our lives. "anthem for the year 2000" by silverchair was in… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on December 9, 2009 at 9:40pm —
cutting up issues of exclaim! and now magazine to fill my zine/collage box with new images and words.
i also like when beautiful sheets of martha stewart paper are on clearance at michael's.
hopefully these things will help to get me thinking about making something new.
Added by Awkward Stage on October 6, 2009 at 8:08pm —
what do you do when you have a bunch of ideas for mini zines and other projects in your head, but the current state of your city beats the creativity out of you with a stick?
i don't want to build things at work (this is hard, considering i'm a fashion designer), when i come home i don't want to build things that aren't work. i mostly just want to lay on the floor. something epically horrible is happening to my downtown. more friends are closing their stores. so when will it be my… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on September 27, 2009 at 10:16pm —
but i made a new issue of 'she was ready for anything'!
and i gathered my pennies and got it printed too!
who wants to trade?
its all small poems and random stories and stuff i've slowing written since the beginning of 2009.
Added by Awkward Stage on August 21, 2009 at 7:35pm —
i am going to build the zine i've had written for ages within the next week of my life.
so help me god.
who wants to trade when its done?
Added by Awkward Stage on July 15, 2009 at 8:20pm —
that this ever growing community has made my life.
i can barely keep track of the trades i'm currently involved in. i have zines waiting in my mailbox at least once a week. i have comments from people who like what i've written and want to read more. i've run out of issues and had to get more copied.
i feel myself falling in love with zines all over.
thank you to all the people i've traded with. thank you to all future trades as well.
when i was in high school,… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on May 12, 2009 at 8:12pm —
i've never been this uninspired in my life.
fashion, pop culture, art... all of it is putting me to sleep.
when will the colour be back in our lives?
Added by Awkward Stage on March 30, 2009 at 11:30pm —
i have been editing down recent writings in hopes that i can build a new zine
i'm not sure if i will get a new issue of 'she was ready for anything' pulled together anytime soon, or if i should just get cracking on volume 3 of 'misery is my muse' which is written and in my brain, but not yet in action or published.
someone should tell me to just shut up and make a zine already.
Added by Awkward Stage on January 26, 2009 at 10:46pm —
...the high school girls who come into my shop and i happen to be playing music that they love (and they tell me they love that song). they get so excited about things and seem to feel that i'm making barrie somewhat more interesting by being there. that is perfection.
Added by Awkward Stage on January 23, 2009 at 7:40pm —
when i'm in the grocery store i have to fight the strong urge to kick all the glass jars of juice on the bottom shelf. especially if they are pretty coloured juices, like mango.
anyone else have this problem?
maybe i will make a list instead.
5 things i wish i had the time to do:
1. take new self portraits
2. sew a new dress. or something else for myself instead of for someone else.
3. finish re-reading naked lunch.
4. talk to my best… Continue
Added by Awkward Stage on January 9, 2009 at 9:33pm —