Zines are a classic medium of self expression. They were perfectly fit for the event we hosted here at the KnowledgeLab last week: the Hampshire County Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter gathered for a creative, collaborative zine-making project. The little siblings, with the help of their Bigs, got the chance to create zine pages using the KnowledgeLab craft resources about a topic meaningful to them. The pages were combined into a large collective zine.
Mandy Ferrara, one of the hosts, said about the event, “It was such a pleasure to have such a diverse group working together to create art. The students, both big and little, immediately caught on to the project and made a beautiful zine celebrating friendship, activity, and their affinity for the organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
The event was inspired by the zine event Strength for the Struggle, hosted by the library last summer. Amanda Ferrara of the library and Jennifer Ablard of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization conceived of an adaptation of the workshop for 8-13 year olds.
The zine will be uploaded to Scholarworks, Smith’s archive of digital scholarship.
Written by Phoebe Weissblum, KnowledgeLab staff