Ed is a zinester from New Jersey. He’s been making and creating zines for the past 10 years, but he’s been into the zine scene since the 90’s, when he came across them through the skate and punk rock scenes.
The only rule in the zine world, is don’t be a jerk.
“If you really want to make a zine, you probably should”
“The only thing that is stopping you is yourself”
“Making zines doesn’t have to be expensive. If you can do anything you can make a zine” about that thing
Tina Koyama has been an urban sketcher for about 10 years.
@miatagrrl on Instagram
Her career was in writing; she’d always been creative but had never drawn. She heard about urban sketching, gave it a try & realised that it resonates with her.
For Tina, urban sketching is very personal. She’s documenting the things she sees every day, creating a visual record of her life.
Tina believe urban sketching has a superpower. When she sketches, her memory becomes embedded with the sites, sounds, smells , light etc that was there in the moments she was sketching. When she looks at past work, she is reminded of all of that. She doesn’t get that from any other medium.
Currently Tina’s sketch kit contains about 20 coloured pencils, a water brush, a soft graphite pencil, a uni pen marker with a brush nib & a Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook.
To newcomers to urban sketching, Tina says ‘start with whatever you’re comfortable with, with whatever you have. If it works for you (a particular art supply or medium), just use it.’
‘Do it regularly. If not daily, then regularly, so the practice is reinforced.’
A talk about earning an independent income as an artist, and following inspiration. Mary is an artist, creator, adventurer, and all-round curious person. She is currently inspired by attention, reactions, noise, visuals, emotional things and getting out of her own way.
June 2021 is the 10 year anniversary of her YouTube channel. Mary’s “Sip n Sketch” live streams on YouTube are a way for her to connect with Doodle Bugs (her name for her fans), to have fun and be loose when creating. They remind Mary of when she was in high school, drawing on her friends arms, and other places 🙂
It’s easy to get too caught up on what the end product will be and whether it’s good or bad and honestly my philosophy as an artist is it’s none of your business as to whether it’s good or bad, like you don’t get to choose. All you’re responsible for is deciding “Is this ready to be released”? “Do I put this out there?”, or do I say “it’s done”?
Mary can be found at marydoodles.com
She’s Mary doodles on Instagram, YouTube, and doodlesmary on tictok
Margarete Miller is a collage artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She discovered collage art after having kids, needing something for herself. Margarete said she first tried sewing, but hated it, then tried collage and loved the feeling she had when a piece was completed.
Margarete wants to share with others the joy she gets from collage. That’s why she teaches. It has made a huge difference in her life. Margarete wants to encourage people to create. She does this through her monthly Take 3 challenge and weekly collage assignments.
Art supplies for collage:
Glue is critical to collage but the brand or type isn’t. Double sided tape is important, ensure it is good quality. When looking for things to use in collages, look at garage sales, library book sales, estate sales, stamps, labels on food packaging or similar.
Betsy Greer is well known for her work in Craftivism. Betsy had a long journey, via an elitist art crowd, before finding out that crafts were here thing, and crafters “her people”.
Parental note: this episode contains a few expletives.
Betsy Greer is a crafter, activist, “godmother of craftivism”. Betsy has a B.A. in English Lit, and an M.A. in sociology. Her dissertation was on knitting, DIY culture and community development.
Visit Betsy’s website:
Sharing how acts of making can be used for good and help us connect, thrive + find joy.
The Dear Textiles project is people’s stories of using textiles to help find resilience. People take part by emailing their stories to Betsy.
You Are So Very Beautiful is a project that involves Betsy stitching affirmations and leaving them in places for people to find. To take part people simply create affirmations, leave them somewhere and share them with Betsy via her website or social media hashtag #yasvb
Recommended photography book: Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes