My friend Sher invited me to present to her 7th grade class on Sept. 5th. She’s an art teacher at a private school in Atlanta. She wanted me to talk to her class about my career as a web designer. She also wanted me to talk about zines and show her kids how to make a one page zine!
It was so great to introduce the kids to the things I love to do. They were great and I had so much fun! I would totally do something like this again in a heartbeat. If you’re in Atlanta and would like for me to speak in front of your class for “career day” or whatever you see fit, let me know! I’d love to do it.
One of the most exciting things for me was that I gave all the kids a present to take home! I packaged 4 of my zines in a small bag, including one that I just finished and have not shared to anyone yet until now. It was super cute to watch all of their reactions when they looked at my zines.
My zines that I gave them:
1. Big Love – Since I have limited copies, I only gave them the first letter. One kid noticed the blue letters right away. I told him it was a “secret code” and he got so excited that he folded it all right back up and said he’s going to dig in some more when he got home. It was really cute.
2. Chickens Around The World – I had totally forgotten about this zine until the night before I had to present in front of the class. It’s a really old zine I printed many years ago. I stayed up late to print and cut this very old zine. It was perfect to share it to them because it was made by a 7th grader as well! But it was back in 2007 — 7 freakin’ years ago! (Look at all those 7’s!) I don’t have this zine “for sale” on the site or Etsy, but if you really want one, just ask and I would be happy to send you one. 🙂 This zine is perfect if you are a teacher and want to share it to your kids to inspire them to be more creative.
3. Syncing Yawns and Spacetime Dreams – If you’ve seen this zine, then you know that some of the haikus aren’t very “kid friendly”. I didn’t want to get in trouble with the parents, but I really wanted to share the zine with them since I was going to show them how to make a one-page zine. It’s a perfect example for them to keep! So I decided to rewrite some of the haikus and made a “special limited edition” just for them!
Photos by Sher Taylor