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A feminist arts zine, which pays its contributors a fair wage. Committed to grassroots activism, leftist solidarity & saving the bees.
A feminist arts zine, which pays its contributors a fair wage.
A feminist arts zine, which pays its contributors a fair wage.
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Artificial Womb Zine

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Artificial Womb is a zine created by Ana Hine and Alfie Pound with the aim of providing a space for emerging writers, artists, poets and comic creators to explore issues of sex, gender and sexuality and receive some payment for their work.

The zine was founded as a response to the unpaid internship culture within the United Kingdom’s creative industries, as well as an attempt to provide a platform for intersectional feminist ideas and discourse.

After a successful trial run of five issues last spring, we're ready to launch the zine as a viable business as soon as June this year.

To get this project off the ground we need £1,500. This will allow us to buy a:

  • printer  - £280
  • long-arm stapler - £8
  • portable table - £40
  • portable chairs - £63
  • money collection pots - £137.50

There's also running costs to cover for the first issue. These include:

  • toner - £160
  • paper - £51
  • staples - £1.50
  • InDesign software - £17
  • car insurance - £47.50
  • car repayments - £70
  • wages - £500

In total this comes to: £1,375.50

However, we expect there to be costs associated with registering the business, booking stalls at craft markets, paying travel expenses for our distribution team and other activities, which cannot be quantified until we begin trading. The remaining £124.50 will go towards this (and also the Kickstarter fees themselves). 

With this initial investment we will be able to produce 1,500 black and white A5 zines, which we will sell in towns and cities across Scotland. 

The money raised through the sales of the first issue will cover the running costs for the second issue and so on.

The issues will be fortnightly and contributors will be paid a fair wage.

Some of the zines from our trial run can be seen at http://www.artificialwombzine.com and examples of Alfie Pound's illustrations can be seen at http://myboyfriendisadorable.tumblr.com

We also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/artificialwomb

Thank you for supporting this project!

Ana (and Alfie)

Risks and challenges

Ana, our editor-in-chief, recently lost her job as a newspaper reporter after suffering a nervous breakdown. She is slowly recovering, but is understandably concerned about relapsing and being unable to run the zine.

To avoid this outcome she has started receiving regular counselling and is on appropriate medication for her anxiety and depression.

The fortnightly structure of the zine and the nature of home-based publishing also provides her with breathing space, should she need it, without impacting on the contributors, distributors or readers.

Apart from this, we foresee no other particular challenges. The trail run demonstrated there is a large pool of artists, writers, comic creators, poets and freelance journalists eager to contribute to a publication like ours and - critically - readers willing to hand over hard cash to support them.

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    An original feminist poem on a topic of your choice (~200 words) by Ana Hine + a signed copy of the first new issue of the zine.

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