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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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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Introducing 52 Feathers and THRIFTWITCH

My B I G & N E W venture is 2019 is to write a whole bunch of zines! I have admired zines and zine creators from afar for years and years and years, and I finally jumped in with two feet, creating my first two.

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52 Feathers

My latest endeavor to deepen my relationship with Bird Messengers through writing a weekly zine. Each issue will release on Tuesday and will explore the myths and medicine of a specific bird, weaving together art, personal story, and ritual. This zine is perfect for magic and bird lovers alike.

Crow is the first Bird Messenger I am exploring. This issue is available now on Etsy. It has eight beautiful pages weaving art and musings on Crow energies. There was more then I could possibly fit into eight small pages, however I hope you enjoy the pieces I did choose to share and ruminate on.

Treat yourself to something beautiful today.

There is so much more then I could ever say about each bird in eight beautiful pages of these zines, so supplemental content is being posted on my Patreon Account. Head on over there to sign up for even more goodies.

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T H R I F T W I T C H | Vol 1 | Winter Solstice

Available in my shiny new Etsy store. Its choc-a-bloc full of beautiful art by yours truly, information about the season of Solstice, and even includes a fun ritual and recipe to deepen into winter. Even though Winter Solstice has passed we are still living through that part of the cycle until February 1st, when Vol 2 | Imbolc will hit the stores. Be sure to let me know what you think.

Treat yourself to something beautiful today.

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Never want to miss an issue of my Zines?

Want to be a part of this flight of fancy all year?

You can sign up to be a patron of the project through my shiny new Patreon account. There are several levels of patronage that you can choose from, each with its own fun perks.

In addition to 52 Feather subscriptions you can also choose to receive my other zine THRIFTWITCH. Or for the most basic level of support you can access fun freebies.

Looking forward to connecting with you all over on Patreon.

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Winter Retreat Totem

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I have been a member of the Turning the Wheel National Team for almost 10 years, in addition to building my own arts practice. Turning the Wheel is an amazing non profit that builds community through all different arts practices. Although my work with them has changed quite a bit over the past few years I was invited back to the Facilitator Winter Retreat and it was a HUGE GIFT! Thank you to this tribe for keeping me in the circle and pushing always towards more joy and growth.

This year the Winter Retreat was deeply focused on the “Imaginal World.”

Henry Corbin, the Sufi philosopher and mystic, speaks of love as the force of imagination, the entryway into the Mundus Imaginalis, the Imaginal World. For Corbin, the Mundus Imaginalis is a place that exists between our knowing and not knowing, but is palpably real. It is a place powered by imagination. -School of Lost Borders

We spent three days visioning and dreaming an Imaginal World that each of us longs to live in. If you have the power to Imagine it you have the power to make it real. Without the power of imagination nothing can come into existence. Electricity was imagined. Marriage was imagined. Airplanes were imagined. And so on.

To land our dreamings in the real world we each had the opportunity to create a Totem. I loved this project! I’ve made Totems before (I thought i’d shared the ones I’ve made in the past but apparently haven’t. Maybe time for a throwback post), but this one was completely over the top and full of beautiful memories and reminders from my magical weekend.

Base of the Totem – Foundations of Self

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Women were often placed at the bottom of the Totem pole, not as a symbol of oppression or martyrdom, but with deep respect for being the impetus for all life. Women and the Earth are intrinsically linked in their life giving power, and that power is reflected in their place in many traditional Totems found all over the world.

The base of my Totem wandered through various skills and learnings from my youth all the way to today. My perceived kindness, spontaneity, playfulness, creativity wove through the images collaged on this base box.

Longings and Wishes

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What are you longing for in your life? What is your body asking for? Close your eyes and dance and feel what wants to happen now.

These were the prompts and questions for the second piece of the Totem. As we build ourselves up our longings guide us towards growth. I found a beautiful tin in the offered objects and completely covered it in an abundance of beautiful, shimmering, glinting beads and sequins and bells and gems. To me this represents a desire for a bounty of Joy, Dance, Music, Partnership and Play.

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Processed with VSCO with c1 presetBy the final day of the retreat we were all steeped in the Imaginal World. And so we were invited to create a spontaneous box for the top of our Totem (although I ended up making one more piece #rebel). We had been guided in a wonderful time traveling meditation earlier in the day and the colors that kept coming to me were the richest shade of teal, the kind found in feathers and precious stones. I was immediately drawn to those colors when creating this layer of my Totem and it is a beautiful reminder of the gifts I found during that meditation.

Extra Credit: Self Love

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My biggest learning from the weekend is that I want to manifest myself as my Ideal Partner. I’ve been going through lots of transitions in my romantic life and the message I keep receiving from the cosmos and my own unconscious is that I need to deeply and unconditionally love myself. I realize we hear it all the time, AND I have a new sense of conviction to be my own best partner in this crazy journey of life. Like a flower blooming, I am coming alive with no competition in my heart and excitement in my soul.

See even more images of the finished piece of my Instagram. I’d love to hear what these images and musings brought up for you. Share thoughts here or on instagram, facebook, or if you know me personally lets get tea!

 

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Success with the Wishing Well Cavern

Wishes! Wishes! and More Wishes! 

Being a part of Turning the Wheel Missoula’s Enchanted Forest was a Full Body YES! and then the cherry on top was the event going smooth as butter. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the magic at the Enchanted Forest and participate in the wonder of my Wishing Well Cavern Installation.

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The actual installation looked even better than I imagined in my head. I projected images of water I had collected from all over the world, and it completely transformed the white and silver Mirror Paintings into a cohesive space that completely immersed people in the waters of the Earth.

In addition to looking amazing I felt so good about the interaction and participation I experienced with everyone who came to visit me as the Wishing Well Woman. Each person was invited to make a wish through a series of simple, and embodying activities. First they would choose a stone to imbue with their wish. Then they would choose a Mirror Painting to reflect, amplify, and empower their wish. The dances and movements people came up with made me want to weep. I never expect much when making a request that is quite outside the cultural norm for interacting with a piece of art, but people really engaged, dropping deeply into the exercise. I could really feel the authenticity and sincerity as each person chose a Mirror to interact with, while also holding their wish in their mind.

Once they finished their dance we finished the wish by adding some “Starlight Magic,” as well all know the power of wishing stars, and then some “Earth Energy” to ground the wish back to each individual. Finally they dropped the wish into the well, another mythic way of manifesting our wishes here on Earth. I felt so blessed to witness and guide each wish, and I truly believe some powerful magic was conjured up in my watery little installation.

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Now all of the Mirrors Paintings, which have been powered up with the most wonderful wishes from all the visitors of the Enchanted Forest are for sale. Each radiates powerful wishing energy, and will sure to fill any space with wild potential. All of the Mirrors will be posted with prices on my instagram, and you can send me a message there if one of them calls to you. I can’t wait to send each of the beauties out into the world to beam good energy wherever they go. Even if you can’t afford to adopt a Mirror Painting I would love love love to hear which is your favorite and why it resonates with you in the comments.

Be well and may all your wishes come true!

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The Enchanted Forest and Wishing Well Cavern

My life is full of blessings and one of them is having the opportunity to participate in this amazing event being put on by my friends in Missoula, MT, Enchanted Forest.

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I am creating an enchanting installation, a Wishing Well Cavern, that participants will enter and make a wish within. The cavern wall is covered in crystal mirror paintings and shimmering with the waters of the Earth.  These beautiful mixed media paintings are for sale and a portion of the sale goes towards Turning the Wheel Missoula’s school programs.

In addition to constructing this one of a kind immersive art installation I will be performing a vignette from my one woman show, Red Shoes. 

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