SF Zine Fest talks with Sara Diamond and Courtney Riddle

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

Our work aims to be fun, accessible, honest, heartfelt, and whimsical - no pressure! Two dear friends with compatible aesthetics excited to work together and be a part of the local and creative community, inspiring others as well as each other. Crafting as much as possible!

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

Sara learned about zines from her friend Jenna who was living in Seattle and writing about her experiences there. Sara was inspired to make her own while living in Boston and in the punk diy scene to spread info about shows and events. Courtney originally saw zines at Needles and Pens, but it was Sara who inspired her to make them and showed her how accessible they are to make.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

Most things in our lives revolve around creating, or at least gathering inspiration or supplies for future projects. We both love exploring, going out for dumplings and work/coffee dates.

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

Aside from being a part of an amazing community of makers and thinkers, Courtney's mom has gotten into zines and learned to make kombucha from one. To bring it full circle, she's started giving out successful kombucha mothers to Courtney's friends; one even found its way back to Sara!

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

Write what you know and don't worry about it too much. Make make make!

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

We're working on projects dealing with experiences from the past, present and future: personal zines, art zines, silly zines and then some!

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