Sunday, 11 July 2010

In The Mix

Maybes you noticed that last year I had a little piece of writing accepted into the Melbourne-based Mixtape zine? I was, and still am, sooooper excited to be part of such a great entity that contributes to the proliferation and discussion of so much that I hold dear in such a damn cute and stylin' way.

THEN, during (Me-Made-) March this year, I was lucky enough to have another piece included. In this piece I attempt to assuage some of the doubts that may be currently preventing any potential members from signing up to the Wardrobe Refashion pledge. I don't harp on about WR as much as I used to, but I can't express enough what an important role it played in the slow development of my personal philosophy.

Anyways, Mixtape zine and its blog have been going from strength to strength, in my opinion due to its quality and appeal rather than through advertising campaigns. It's increased success has meant that the editor Justine has been able to accrue a 'staff' of regular contributors who receive (very) modest payments for their work. A couple of months ago I was over the moon to received the honor of being asked to join their ranks as a regular contributor, meaning I will have a piece (I hestiate to call something that may be 500 words an 'article') in each issue. I'm really buzzed to be part of this zine in a more involved level and I'm very excited about the freedom Justine offers us to write on more or less any topic that we wish to write about. Should you care to, you can read the little question/answer introductions for the regular contributors, including myself, here.

As for my personal contributions, as with the first two pieces, I will publish them here on this blog after they have appeared in the zine. However, of course I would encourage anyone interested in reading Mixtape itself to order a copy. Chances are, if you are reading this blog through your own free will, you'll be into the contents and vibe of this zine. Back issues are also available, some in actual paper format, and some as pdfs when the paper copies have sold out. Is anyone a reader of this zine already? What parts/articles/topics covered have you previously enjoyed? Or, come to think about it, what posts/topics covered on this ol' blog of mine have you previously enjoyed? What would you like me to write about, either for the zine or on this blog? Thanks in advance for your feedback!

12 comments:

corinnea said...

Congrats, I look forward to reading more things from you in the future. It has only been over the last ten years when I went out side my home to work that I truly fell victim to my weakness and started buying all my clothes without much thought as to whether I really needed or just wanted them. I LOVE clothes. Over the past year I have started to re evaluate what I absolutely need and what I want... Now my problem is thinking if I make it myself, it must be ok. I enjoy the process so much I might be overdoing it again. Sorry, a little insight into my train wreck of thought.

62cherry said...

zoe - you rock! we are so happy to have you on board xx

nikkishell said...

Thanks so much for your article about Wardrobe Refashion!

Drop Stitches Not Bombs said...

Ooh, congratulations to you - I've just checked out their website, and this looks like a super cool thing to be involved in. I look forward to reading your future contributions!

Lisette said...

Congratulations! Getting a job writing is hard to do, I look forward to reading what you write.

Ruby Star said...

Good for you, that's great news. I am a mixtapezine reader and that's how i found your blog etc. So excited that you will be a regular!
I think it would be nice to do a how to article for those who may not know how to do a refashion. That would be intresting i think. A mini tute i guess.

jen said...

congrats! you're such an awesome writer, I look forward to reading your articles!

lexi said...

Ace! This zine is great - and put together in my hometown. Can't wait to read your stuff in print. I second the idea for something on refashioning: the online craft community inspires me endlessly with their ideas on this and your button-black blouse from that found shirt was the last thing that made me think about how awesome refashioning can be.

Tasia said...

Congrats Zoe! That's fantastic. I enjoy your writing style and creativity, and look forward to reading your articles!

Minnado said...

Good news about you contributing to Mixtape. My thoughts here were inspired by your comment on my post, how about an article about the differences in attitude to recycling, second hand goods, consumerism between Spain and UK. I know it would be generalisation but would be interesting. Do they have charity shops in Spain?? Is there much make your own among the younger generations? When I have been to Spain most people look very smartly turned out and I wondered what your thoughts are on this....

jessica said...

Oooooh, congratulations!!! They are one lucky zine indeed. You have many thought-provoking posts and I'm sure that the readers of Mixtape will love hearing your thoughts on those topics as well.

Zoe said...

Thanks evryone for your celebratory and supportive comments, very much appreciated. And thanks for the article suggestions. If you think of any more, keep 'em coming!

Funnily enough, Minnado, (great minds think alike and all that) I wrote a piece about exactly the topic you mentioned, about the differences between UK and Spain regarding second-hand. You can read if here, if you so wish:
http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/2009/10/second-hand-and-vintage-in-spain.html

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