ARTIST PROFILE: AIMÉE PIJPERS
What inspired you to start making zines?
Not a clue. I remember moving to Minneapolis and all of a sudden wanting to make one, but not really knowing what to do. The first zine I ever made was “Every John I’ve Known between 1996-2006” in December of 2008 and it was for a memoir writing class. Very few people saw it, and for a good reason.
What is your creative process like?
Get an idea, takes lots of notes. Immediately forget about it. Rediscover it, make it, get annoyed, re-make it. Walk away. Come back. Finish. Rinse, repeat. Lots of music is being listened to while this happens as well.
Which part of Twin Cities Zinefest are you most excited about?
I love everything about Zinefest. It provides me with a sense of a creative community I haven’t really felt anywhere else. I like being able to recognize people from past years, talking to those who come through, and trading.
Who are some of your favorite fellow zine writers?
So many. In no particular order: Monica Anderson, Michael Perez, Ben Snakepit, Liz Prince, Jordan Swartz, Manual Dexterity, Ben Larson, Dave who does “About My Disappearance”, Shannon who does “Basements & Living Rooms”, anyone who contributed and worked on Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness…I am definitely missing some other gems.
Do you have any plans for your zine-related future? If so, what are they?
I will continue to make zines until I no longer want to make zines, which is not happening any time in the near future.
Anything else we should know about you?
My name isn’t Amy. This past winter I spent three days organizing a giant tub of lego, piece by piece, into labeled, Halloween-themed ziplock bags.
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