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Spring 2011 Zine

A Zine is an underground publication that gives voice to the silent.  It is an opportunity for art and literature to crash together. It is a chance to be political through a variety of mediumsIt is an opportunity to express yourself.

The Zine’s theme for 2011 is BODY: Redefining the Standard of Beauty. We are collecting submissions NOW in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, sketches– any way that you want to express your thoughts, rants, or raves about BODY and the redefinition of beauty standards. Just email your submissions to by January 17, 2011!

Some questions to guide you:

What is beauty?

How do you feel about your body?

How do others treat your body?

Who is beauty for?

What is your body for?

What is your body capable of?

If you are interested in helping out with the production of the Zine, please email Ashley Schmuecker – or stop by the Women’s Center on campus and talk to Liz or Petey!

We look forward to your submissions!

For an example of a Zine, click on the image below:


Knitting Therapy

It’s getting cold out.  I walked outside this morning and noticed a crisp frost lay on the ground.  And I didn’t have a single knitting project with me!

I have crocheted two hats in the last week – on top of presenting three projects in class, moving back into the Sloss House and getting settled.  No big deal.  I need to work with yarn in a tangible way in order to breathe.  So I take little breaks from paper and project-designing and I sit down with a bag of yarn and some crochet hooks or knitting needles.

There’s an alchemy in taking sticks and strings and turning it into some sort of wearable fabric.  It’s true: I make fabric.  I love the connection between a loved pattern, a loved yarn, and loving creation for a loved one.  It has been over a year since I’ve knit or crochet anything for myself.  Everything I produce has been sent off to friends or family.

I feel that everyone should have a connection with the fibers.  So if you have a desire to knit or crochet – or to learn – join us at the Sloss House every Friday afternoon from 12-1pm.  We have beginner equipment to teach you with, or bring your favorite yarn and tools.  We can’t wait for you to join us!

The Positive Body Image Zine

Body: Redefining the Standard of Beauty

Are you a writer?  A poet?  An artist?  Someone tired of an unattainable standard of beauty?  Then you may be interested in participating in the creation of the Body Zine!

A zine, according to Wikipedia is “ a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest”.

Learn more about the Zine on November 11th at the Sloss House from 5-7.

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