ARTIST PROFILE: WOPOZI
What inspired you to start making zines?
Collectively we have a lot of talented friends whose work we admire. We thought it would be interesting to combine their efforts in print, making something tangible and accessible. We also thought that bringing people together that weren’t previously acquainted with one another would make new connections and spark meaningful conversations. Overall, our newspaper is like a mobile gallery and we are the curators.
What is your creative process like?
We wanted to keep the themes for the newspaper broad. So we chose colors, thinking that they were relatively neutral: yellow for the first issue and cerulean for the second. Gathering all the submissions together, we saw patterns and themes emerge from the color, these works helped guide the layout and overall tone for the issue. Its a fluid process.
Which part of Twin Cities Zinefest are you most excited about?
We really love the work of our friends Hardland/Heartland. Others, participating in Zinefest, whom we are excited to see new work from are Sam Hoolihan, CLAP, Whole Beast Rag and Ladyquest.
We’re looking forward to getting in touch with others who are self-publishing papers and zines, making connections for future issues, and simply getting the word out about WOPOZI.
Who are some of your favorite fellow zine writers?
Do you have any plans for your zine-related future? If so, what are they?
For the future, we have hopes of producing this newspaper quarterly. We love the idea of seeing the paper around town at local bookstores, galleries, and record shops. Something we’d really love to see is a nation-wide distribution, utilizing the connections that we have with friends in other cities.
Anything else we should know about you?
We are really curious about feedback from the public so contact us with ideas and responses and never be afraid to submit!