Zine Love: A Guest Post by Mindy Tsonas Choi

June 17th, 2021, No Comments


Zine Love
for the Be Seen Project

The Be Seen Project is a grassroot initiative that resources and amplifies BIPOC artists and makers whose work centers marginalized voices, to fight for social justice and cultural change. As a way to inspire and connect with our project's beloved artists and supporters, we publish a seasonal print Zine that also helps us create more opportunities to pay art activists and share their impact.

Did you know zines originated in the 1930’s and originally were used to share ideas of those among the scifi subculture, back during a time when such stories seemed really radical and outside of the mainstream? Zines later went on to be used by the global punk scene who were pushing forward culture-shifting anti-establishment views, which then led to the famous avant garde and political zines of the riot grrrl feminist movement. Zine history is so powerful!


No matter the subject, what zines have always had at the heart of their genre was a commitment to DIY and grassroots distribution, a counter cultural voice, and rad art helping to spread important messages. Did you know BUST Magazine, that still exists today, started as a zine?

You can see why this craftivist medium feels like the perfect fit for the BSP! It is a small push back against systems of oppressive ideologies, including perfectionism and the hyper production of polished brands creating glossy products that feed the machine of capitalism that churns out mass market things that are more homogenized and less accessible. I wanted to make something exactly the opposite. 


So here I am, armed with my old school cut and paste skills I learned in 10th grade Graphic Design (thank you Ms. Sullivan – who incidentally, also hosted one hell of a salon on the D/L for us students in her Cambridge. MA, bohemian Victorian apartment), and my glue stick, scissors and local copy machine. Practicing imperfection and the slow work inherent to zines, is such a good reminder.

While this little publication is meant to entertain and inform, it also has the purpose of being a source of radical truth and creative celebration! You can support the Be Seen Project and become a subscriber of our Zine as our special thanks to you, by donating $25 or more to our initiative. 
 

Movements are never built alone. This is why I am so thankful to have you on our side... the side of justice, equity, liberation and visibility for ALL!
 

**Note from Leah: A huge thank you to Mindy for sharing this guest post about her gorgeous, powerful, informative zine. Do subscribe if it sounds of interest to you. All photos above are by Mindy Tsonas Choi, except the Resist Zine shot, which is by cover artist, Sumaya Teli.

Creative Every Day Challenge: June 2021

June 2nd, 2021, No Comments

Happy June 2021 of the Creative Every Day Challenge! My apologies for not getting a theme up last month. This month, I offer a completely optional theme of the Moon. Use it if it sparks your creativity, or let it go if it doesn't. What could the moon mean for your creativity this month? Perhaps you'll take a photograph of the full moon, create a round or crescent shaped dessert, or include an image of the moon in a painting. Feel free to share a link or simply comment below if you have anything you want to share over the course of the month. You can also share in the Facebook group. Creativity of all kinds are welcome. It could be drawing, writing, photography, clay, music, knitting, cooking, anything can be creative, so just have fun with it. Feel free to commit to your creativity anytime during the year here.

Below is my painting, Moon Dreams, check out more moon themed art in my shop.  

Creative Every Day Challenge April 2021: Cycles

April 1st, 2021, One Comment

Happy April 2021 of the Creative Every Day Challenge! This month, I offer a completely optional theme of Cycles. Use it if it sparks your creativity, or let it go if it doesn't. What could cycles mean for your creativity this month? Perhaps you'll take yourself on a bike ride looking for inspiration, perhaps you'll draw a the cycles of the moon, maybe you'll write about cycles of life. Feel free to share a link or simply comment below if you have anything you want to share over the course of the month. You can also share in the Facebook group. Creativity of all kinds are welcome. It could be drawing, writing, photography, clay, music, knitting, cooking, anything can be creative, so just have fun with it. Feel free to commit to your creativity anytime during the year here.

Below is my painting, Offering, which is available in my shop.  

Creative Every Day Challenge: March 2021

March 2nd, 2021, 2 Comments

Happy March 2021 of the Creative Every Day Challenge! This month, I offer a completely optional theme of Dirt. Use it if it sparks your creativity, or let it go if it doesn't. What could dirt mean for your creativity this month? Perhaps you'll literally dig in the dirt in a garden, perhaps you'll draw a scene of what lives beneath the ground, maybe you'll paint or knit in the brown shades. Feel share a link or simply comment below if you have anything you want to share over the course of the month. You can also share in the Facebook group. Creativity of all kinds are welcome. It could be drawing, writing, photography, clay, music, knitting, cooking, anything can be creative, so just have fun with it. Feel free to commit to your creativity anytime during the year here.

Below is my painting, Perseverance, which I painted last month and will be in my shop shortly.  

Creative Every Day Challenge: February 2021

February 1st, 2021, No Comments

Happy February 2021 of the Creative Every Day Challenge! This month, I offer a completely optional theme of Inside. Use it if it sparks your creativity, or let it go if it doesn't. What could inside mean for your creativity this month? I know we've all been seeing a lot of the indoors lately. Maybe it will be something about that.  Maybe it's something going on inside your heart or inside the earth. Perhaps it's using the inside of an apple to make prints on paper or searching inside a book for inspiration. Maybe it's a making a cozy blanket for when you're trapped inside the house. Feel share a link or simply comment below if you have anything you want to share over the course of the month. You can also share in the Facebook group. Creativity of all kinds are welcome. It could be drawing, writing, photography, clay, music, knitting, cooking, anything can be creative, so just have fun with it. Feel free to commit to your creativity anytime during the year here.

Below is my painting, Internal Horizon, which I painted last month and will be in my shop this week.  

Virtual Gallery Opening

January 12th, 2021, No Comments

Hey everyone, I'd like to invite you to a Virtual Gallery Opening of The Belmont Gallery of Art's Facing You: A Portrait Show, which is running now through February 2021.

Grab a glass of wine (or cup of tea), sit back, and enjoy some beautiful art! The zoom reception will take place from 7-8PM EST on Jan. 15th. See the info below to join in!

BGA Facing You Opening Reception. You can join in by tuning into one of the following:
 
 
You don't need to wait until the opening to check out all the gorgeous work in the show. You can view it here! The two pieces I have in the show can be seen in Part 5: Visions. 

The original and prints of Wandering Thoughts (above) are available. The original of Daydreaming (below) sold, but there are still prints available. 

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Trying to Stay Grounded

January 11th, 2021, 2 Comments

Trying to Stay Grounded. Acrylic and ink on watercolor paper. 

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Internal Horizon

January 2nd, 2021, No Comments

A new piece completed, inspired by the totally optional theme this month, Horizon. It's mixed media (collage, acrylic paint, and ink) on a 9"x12" panel. 

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Creative Every Day Challenge January 2021: Horizon

January 1st, 2021, One Comment

Hello, folks! To kick off the Creative Every Day Challenge in January 2021, I offer a completely optional theme of Horizon. Use it if it sparks your creativity, or let it go if it doesn't. What could horizon mean in your creations? A knew beginning? A landscape? Something with an edge? Feel free to share a link below or simply comment below if you have anything you want to share over the course of the month. You can also share in the Facebook group. Creativity of all kinds are welcome. It could be drawing, writing, photography, clay, music, knitting, cooking, anything can be creative, so just have fun with it. Feel free to commit to your creativity anytime during the year here.

Below is my painting, The Unknown, which was featured in Patti Digh's book, What I Wish for You. Happy New Year, everyone! 

Creative Every Day 2021

December 30th, 2020, 12 Comments

It certainly has been a challenging year! For those looking for a gentle push towards daily creativity in all formats, I welcome you to join in! Simply comment below to sign up for the Creative Every Day Challenge in 2021. Leave your blog/website/instagram account if you have one, but it's ok if you don't! This is a low pressure challenge, but I hope it's an ongoing reminder to commit yourself to a creative lifestyle. I believe creativity can be found in everything from the mundane, every day activities to the more formal pursuits of art-making. It all feeds into the same well of creativity within you!

Feel free to check in here or on the Facebook group. You can use the #ced2021 hashtag on Twitter or Instagram. You can find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/leah_kolidas/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/leah_art

I'd love to hear what your creative goals are for 2021. I plan to continue painting (some of my artwork can be seen in my shop: https://www.leahkolidas.com/ ) and work on creating dummies for the children's books I've been working on. 

Here are my totally optional themes for 2021. Feel free to use them, interpret them however you'd like, or ignore them. Up to you! 

January: Horizon

February: Inside

March: Dirt

April: Cycles

May: Green

June: Moon

July: Play

August: Dreams

September: New

October: Mystery

November: Art Every Day Month

December: Giving

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