SF Zine Fest has its roots in self-publishing but we also feature many artists exhibiting art, craft and other hand-made products created with a DIY ethic. This year Zine Fest is proud to host a speaking event with Catie Nienaber of
. Catie Nienaber started with zines, moved to blogging, has been published in WORN and 7x7, and now writes for the San Francisco Chronicle's Style section.
**Catie will be giving her presentation: New Century, Old Clothes: Vintage Retail in the Digital Age at SF Zine Fest on Sunday, Sept 2nd at 2:30pm**
How do you describe what you do?
Ha! I usually say "I'm a busy lady." But most of the time I tell people that I own an online vintage clothing store, and also occasionally write for the San Francisco Chronicle's Style section. But I also have a day job in an office, and a life outside of it.
You got your start in zines, how did that experience affect/inform your career?
I started doing zines because I enjoyed writing and drawing and because there was this built-in community of people who had similar interests. It was a fun way to get to know like-minded folks. When I was in graduate school I had a lot of homework and couldn't do it as much. But I still felt compelled to write as a means of sorting out my life and interacting with others. So I just started blogging instead. That, and the eventual transition to having this store, introduces you to this world of peers who are into the same things you are. It's very communal. Everyone is in it to help each other be better. There are people you admire because they do things a certain way and there are resources you return to because they've been helpful. Everyone has something positive to contribute to the conversation. And behind every storefront is a real actual human doing something they love to do.
This involves a lot of computer time, and sitting there for hours on end with an album on in the quietness of the house reminds me of when I'd spend hours at the kitchen table working on zines, just totally in the zone. And maybe I'd get fatigued after a while, but I'd just say to myself, 'This is going to look so cool when it's all done.' I have moments like that now with my store all the time.