What is a Zine?

Since I started writing 52 Feathers and T H R I F T W I T C H a lot of people have asked me “What is a zine?”

I wanted to take a moment and share what I believe a zine to be.

Zines are somewhat hard to define but generally they are a form of self-published printed media that explore a niche topic of interest to the author. Part of the beauty of zines is that they can be created with very little overhead, many often created with a photocopier, so they can be an easy and accessible way to distribute information. Today zines range from one-page, black and white, copy pasted pamphlets to multipage, full color art books.

From Wikipedia: A zine (/ziːn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) are either the product of a single person, or of a very small group and are popularly photocopied into physical prints for circulation. Popularly defined within a circulation of 1,000 or fewer copies, in practice many zines are produced in editions of fewer than 100. Among the various intentions for creation and publication are developing one’s identity, sharing a niche-skill or art, or developing a story.

Zines have been around for a really long time. I’m not sure when zines came into my life but I’m sure i’ve known about them since High School. When living in larger metropolitan areas like Chicago and San Francisco I would occasionally find zines distributed freely in coffee shops and empty newspaper boxes. I once found a zine stapled to a telephone pole with a collection of poems.

From the University of Texas: The word “zine” is a shortened form of the term fanzine, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Fanzines emerged as early as the 1930s among fans of science fiction. Zines also have roots in the informal, underground publications that focused on social and political activism in the ’60s. By the ’70s, zines were popular on the punk rock circuit.

The zines I am creating today were inspired by the growth of zines in the wicca community. From self-care to practical magic you can find a zine on lots of topics exploring the craft. I have spent a lot of my life cultivating my own witchcraft practice and wanted to bring that depth of knowledge to the table with the creation of T H R I F T W I T C H. This series will feature each of the Wiccan Sabbats, starting with Winter Solstice, which is already available on Etsy, and traveling through the wheel of the year, ending with Samhain.

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52 Feathers is a more focused exploration of various bird messengers. Each issue features a different bird where I share various musings and stories i’ve collected over the years. I’m amazed at how much birds have informed the mythic landscape of my life and its a pleasure to share that learning with the world.

Both zines are printed on one sheet of paper, with full color art created by me as well as al the writing. The pages are then folded and pasted to create an eight page booklet. I love origami so this format is extremely satisfying for me to create. I can’t wait to continue sharing the wealth of my creativity and learning with you in this format for the rest of the year.

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I also have a Patreon account set up now where you can receive even more insights into my creative process. Patreon allows you to send me a monthly contribution to continue in my artistic journey. This gift is a real treasure for me, allowing me to deepen into my creative process without as much stress on selling my art. I have so much to create and share with the world and your support in birthing more art means the world to me. Patrons who contribute $5 or more also have the opportunity to receive copies of my zines. This is an easy way to never miss an issue and receive all the beauty, ritual, and story straight to you mailbox. Become a Patron Here.

Hope this enlightens some of you, or even inspires some of you to create your own zines. If you are interested in getting started and need some more pointers please reach out.

Blessed Be.

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Offerings at Arise Festival 2019

I am bringing art, movement, performance, and play to Arise Festival this year with the amazing Healing Village.

I have attended Arise a few times, however this year I am more excited than ever because I am bringing my whole artistic being to the event. Healing Village has offered me awesome opportunities to share what I bring with Arise and I am so thankful to be a part of their team this year. I am offering two awesome Playshops, participating in several Performances, and helping build a Wish/Grief Temple for the village. It’s pretty stellar.

Healing Village has an amazing lineup, bringing tons of workshops from a truly remarkable community of people. I am deeply honored to be included among such a knowledgeable and creative tribe. Healing Village is focused on somatic practices that create health and community.

The Healing Village is a gathering place to celebrate the wholeness of you. We invite you to explore what it means to Heal through different modes of EMBODIMENT as we dive into the richness of community, vibration, tissue, breath, movement, stillness, laughter and so much more. Come home to your embodied self and carry that fullness forward, enriching your connection to the Sacred Nature of Self, Other and Place.

It’s going to be an amazing weekend. If you are at the Festival be sure to stop by and check out one of my Playshops, performances, or art pieces. See you there!

Playshops

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Authentic Mask Making

Who are you? Who do you want to be? Who can you become? Create a mask to bring to life a character for the Healing Village “Body Earth” Procession. Multi media materials will be provided so you can let your creativity manifest in this make-it-and-take-it Playshop.

 

“The Body Now”: Embracing the Power of Play

Spend an hour in delicious retreat moving and playing with Turning the Wheel. Our deep body wisdom remembers the importance of play and through improvisational movement and playful community games we can tap into our innate creativity together. Let out your inner child to play, dance, sing, laugh, and move! Learn easeful practices to re-integrate the healing potential of play back into your daily routine. Activate a sense of well-being as wells as new pathways in your brain by moving spontaneously, possibly moving a new way you’ve never done before! You will emerge with a smile and a renewed sense of yourself!

Performances

Wish Dance, an Immersive Performance

“Think of a wish. No wish is too big or too small. Let your Wish lead you on a Dance. Feel where this wish lives in your skin…” Every Wish is gift and ripples out farther than we can even fathom. Manifest your intentions for the festival, or ground your learnings from the weekend at the Healing Village Wishing Well in a guided community performance.

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Body Earth Procession

We are part of the earth and it is part of us. We walk with the earth, we grieve with the earth. Our joy is its joy, our nature is its nature. Let us walk together to honor it.

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Wooden SpiralI am collaborating with “The Grief Freak,” Beth Erlander to build a space where one can come to tend to and honor grief in a visceral physical way, or ground an manifest your wishes and dreams. Bringing together theses two powerful and opposite human experiences in a nexus of exploration will create opportunities for dialog and expression.

The space will be constructed out of fallen branches and fabric, with two interactive altars, one for grieving and one for wishing. My piece of the collaboration is inspired by the Wishing Well Cavern I brought to Missoula’s Enchanted Forest last year, and I am thrilled to be keeping the wish magic moving forward with this second iteration of the project.

 

ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL


The 7th Year Celebration

August 2-4, 2019 • Sunrise Ranch • Loveland, Colorado

The ARISE Music Festival is committed to producing an annual gathering that is a vehicle for building and strengthening community. At the core of the ARISE mission is a firm belief that creating a festival experience which inspires positivity, joy and active engagement in issues of social justice is a call to celebrate the beauty and wonder of this precious life.

See You There!

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Summer Collection on Society6 featuring Art from 52 Feathers

Every issue of 52 Feathers includes original art from prints that I create in my own studio. To celebrate being half way through my 52 Feathers zine project i’ve created a collection of some of my favorite paintings and turned them into a plethora of amazing products over on Society6.

Shop the Summer Collection

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I’ve included prints from Hummingbird, Eagle, Heron, Bluebird, Dove, Goldfinch, Sparrow and Nightingale. I love being able to bring the magical colors from the pages of 52 Feathers into a larger context so that they can be enjoyed all over the home.

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Society6 is a print-on-demand site with hundreds of nifty products. Artists from all over the world participate and I’m excited to include some of my art alongside all these creatives. And, since I posted my last collection, Full Moon, they’ve added even more fun things that you can have my art printed on, including lawn furniture and wrapping paper!

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Pop on over to Society6 and take a look. Treat yourself to some color for the summer or take a moment to like (by clicking on the little heart) some of my products so I can feel the love!

Shop the Summer Collection or Leave Some Love on Society6

 

 

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Kaleidoscope Paintings at Still Cellars Art House

Kaleidoscope Collection:

The Kaleidoscope Collection is my contribution to the miniatures genre of art making. Each mini canvas houses a tiny butterfly print, one-of-a-kind just like a real butterfly, created using a monotype process called Gelli-printing. Each one is a little tidbit of artistic magnificence that you can tuck away on those odd walls in your home that are hard to decorate. I have seen them housed on altars, placed in cars, made into magnets, and hidden in nooks to bring a reminder of cheer and change into the home.

This is the second iteration of this collection with colors and shapes even more vibrant and cohesive to activate more butterfly magic in your life!

Kaleidoscope Art Opening

July 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

at Still Cellars Art House and Distillery

with Live Music by Kali Krysta Love

Save the Date and RSVP on Facebook

 

Still Cellars

Still Cellars is a true artisanal distillery and community arthouse, conceived and constructed in Longmont, Colorado over several years by its two owner-operators, Jason R. Houston and Sadye Rose W. Still Cellars is certified organic, conducts business responsibly and kindly, and works earnestly to foster and support art and build community. The arthouse and spirits reflect the owners’ passion for creativity, quality, and innovation. The duo lovingly hand-craft every product from scratch using traditional methods and uncompromising standards.

The arthouse is the distillery’s tasting room as well as a comfortable venue for artists of all media to exhibit and perform.  On July 12th the tasting room will be open as usual from 4pm – 8:30ish. NO COVER, though tips for the artist(s) are encouraged and appreciated! Music from around 6:30pm – 8:30ish.

Live Music by Kali Krysta Love

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“I am human striving. Challenged to find, express, give and reflect understanding, compassion and the kind of sweetness one doesn’t access in life without a few stingers. I am Kali Love, breaker of shame, cheerleader in the darkness, usher of transcendence.”

Kali is a bold creatrix and oft-provocateur, weaving many arts with soulful action. Kali has toured internationally, studying many forms of music as well as exhibiting her visual art. Since recently moving to Denver, Kali has been lead in her David Bowie cover band, Afraid of Americans, belly dancing with Crescent Dance project, and doing ritual theater with the Shamanic Dolls, all while amassing content thanks to her Lighthouse writing scholarship.

Community and personal healing drive and shape Kali’s artistic, academic and professional endeavors. While studying to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kali also studies Unitive Justice, Rapid Resolution Therapy, Reiki and more. Kali’s new music, poetry, healing project, Midnight Medicine, is currently gathering members to begin recording after she teaches at Sonic Bloom and other festivals this summer!

We look forward to seeing you at the Opening!

July 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

at Still Cellars Art House and Distillery

1115 Colorado Avenue
Longmont, Colorado 80501
(720) 204-6064

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HeArt Zines at The Body Now Summer Retreat

I am honored to be returning to the Body Now Summer Retreat hosted by Turning the Wheel, after a year hiatus, June 23rd – 29th.

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The theme for this year’s retreat is “Path of the Heart,” which resonates so strongly with me at this time in my life. When i’m in my creative process I am fairly attuned to letting my intuition and joy guide me to paint, to dance, to collage, and/or to create something meaningful that brings me joy. However, in many other areas of my life I let my gut and mind take the reins, which often lands me in situations that not only fail to serve me, but also fail to serve the greater community.

Taking time in the restorative community of summer retreat, with the intention of deepening into listening to my heart path sounds so nourishing I can hardly wait two more weeks!

As part of the retreat I am co-leading a Creative Play Workshop with my friend and mentor Dodi Jackson. Over the course of four days we will be guiding an intimate group of participants in the creation of their very own Mixed Media HeArt Zine. Influenced by my own zine adventures with THRIFTWITCH and 52 Feathers, I felt called to develop a creative play that pushed the form a zine. Zines are an exciting tool for getting your personal message out in the world without have to go through formal channels. So what would a zine look like that had been created with the voice of the heart in the pilot seat?What sort of message would we receive?

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The project went through many fun and interesting iterations before landing on what Dodi and I will be sharing at the Body Now Summer Retreat. I had such a wonderful time adapting what I’ve learned from writing and creating my zines into a multi media art project, creating something that someone of any level could participate in. I also always cherish the opportunity to develop, experiment, play, and create with my friend Dodi, who brought her own wisdom to the design process for the playshop.

Experience the joy of your artistic process with the creation of your own, one of a kind, HeArt Zine, which is a small folded booklet filled with collage and words. Through a gently guided process we will unlock secret messages from our heart space to share. Using beautiful papers, found images, Wordpools and a gesso process, we will create a collage which will magically fold into a play space for our words to land. Let’s find out what our hearts have to say! 

Here are a few sneak peeks of the process and final results. Obviously each zine created over the course of the workshop will be a magnificently variation on what I’m presenting here, but I really love the samples I made to get the ball rolling.

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Last minute sign ups for the retreat are still available! Its a truly magical week of play, meditation, art making, community gathering, and personal growth! You can learn EVEN more about the event on the Turning the Wheel Website.

THE BODY NOW SUMMER RETREAT

The “Path of the Heart”

June 23rd- 29th, 2019  On Whidbey Island, WA

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The Canvas Project @ The Brooklyn Art Library

Last year I elected to participate in the Brooklyn Art Libraries Canvas Project.

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The goal of the project was to create a visual encyclopedia, inviting artists from all over the world to create images in response to a crowdsourced word search. The Brooklyn Art Library was started 12 years ago, and since then has become a catalyst for creating and sharing art from across the globe. The cornerstone of their accomplishment is the Library/Museum itself.

Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Art Library is home to over 41,000 sketchbooks from over 130 different countries. Participants of the project order blank sketchbooks, choose a theme, fill them up and connect their books online with search terms, an artist bio and other unique content. Every single sketchbook that is sent back to us is cataloged and placed on our shelves for visitors to view. – The Brooklyn Art Library Website

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There is no jury or application project. To participate in any of the libraries projects you simply have to purchase the materials, and then they send you the goods. I received my canvas and word promptly. I was excited to receive Playgrounds as my word for the encyclopedia, as play and childhood are common themes in my mixed media paintings.

I incorporated gelli printing, stamped images, and a bit a sparkle in a mini version of the style I was playing with a lot last year. Once complete I mailed back my canvas and eagerly awaited the completion of the project.

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Look my painting is in the bottom right! Thank you to Tre Marsala for sharing photos from the exhibition with me through the magic of Instagram! I couldn’t make it out to Brooklyn myself so this was a huge gift.

Earlier this month I received my copy of the encyclopedia with my art, as well as images of the exhibition hosted at the library. It is such an honor to be alongside some many amazing and diverse artists. In addition to being a participant in the encyclopedia and exhibition, I received a canvas from another participant to host in my home. I know my canvas is somewhere being enjoyed as well, creating a visual web with artists everywhere. What a treat!

In addition to participating in the Canvas Project, I also submitted a sketchbook to the library. More on this little treasure soon!

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Zines, More Zines, Art Shows & Playshops!

Hello Wonderful People!

This month has been a whirlwind and I feel so vibrant with all the happenings in my life. I wanted to share an update with ALL the things that have been swirling through my life.

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First. I wanted to be sure you all knew about my big showcase coming up next week. I have been invited to showcase my paintings and zines at the RAW:Denver REFLECT Show at the Church Nightclub, Feb 7th from 6:30 – 11:30. Tickets are still on sale and if you buy a ticket before the Midnight tonight I will send you a free gift. Everyone who purchases one of my affiliate tickets for RAW will receive my Limited Edition “Make a Wish” Zine.  Buy Tickets or Learn More about the Show.
 
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T H R I F T W I T C H is a brand new zine that combines beautiful one-of-a-kind art with tidbits of magic, ritual, and history, in an intimate format. The theme for Vol 2. is Honoring Imbolc. Enjoy 8 pages of thought-provoking and inviting Midwinter Inspirations!
In this issue:
  • Ways to Celebrate the Season
  • History of the Holiday
  • Rituals honoring Brigid
  • OOAK Art
I am in love with the art and colors of this issue and can’t wait to hear what you think! Available now on Etsy.
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The latest issue of 52 Feathers is also out now and features the wise and noble Owl. Each week I am constantly amazed and just how rich the lore, myth, and symbolism for each kind of bird is. There is more than I could ever cover, even if I was writing a giant tome versus a sweet and colorful eight page zine. I did manage to cover the pieces I thought were the most magical and compelling. Check it out 😀 
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The visions continued to unfold in such surprising ways on Sunday at the Mmmwhah! Art Visioning Playshop. This last week focused on activation and we added movement and flesh to our spectacular spectacles. There is still one more playshop left in this series and anyone is welcome to join us on Sunday from 2-4 at the Boulder Circus Center. Drop in is $35. https://www.facebook.com/events/989999484518602/?event_time_id=989999494518601
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Next month has EVEN MORE art magic unfolding and I will be sure to share it all with you soon.

Be well and Blessed Be!
Love Khiri, Artwitch & Creatrix.
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Art Visioning with Mmmwhah!

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I am thrilled to be collaborating with Mmmwhah! over the next several weekends in an exciting new playshop! I wanted to post here so all you wonderful patrons also have the opportunity to come create with me in an intimate and exploratory space.  We played together at Mmmwhah’s monthly creative gathering and I’m EVEN MORE excited to be facilitating this series.

What do you want to see happen in the new year? Come create some “new eyes” that can help you see into and create your future.

“Art Visioning” with Khiri Lee
Mmmwhah’s First Art Playshop Series
Three Sundays: January 20 & 27 and February 3, 2019
2-4 pm, Boulder Circus Center, 4747 26th St., Boulder, CO
$100, including materials fee

Over the course of three sessions, we will play with a wide variety of unexpected and inspiring art materials, accessing creativities from different insights and angles and activities. The end result will be a spectacular, wearable sculpture/costume, which will serve to remind you how to access your artistic visions in 2019 and beyond. Come embark on this site-seeing, sight-seeing, re-visioning, art odyssey with Mmmwhah!

Whether you are an experienced artist with an established practice, or completely unsure of how to begin creating, this is a space for you. Come join us!

Note:  This series is part of the launch of   Mmmwhah’s “2020 Vision” project, which is designed to help our collective evolution from Di-vision to Vision. In fact, you and the art you create in this playshop may have the option to be included in related exhibits and performances!?!  

Let’s fill this town with Music, Movement, Mindfulness — whoa! and — Art:  Mmmwhah! 

Register for the Playshop Today 

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