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Zine Residency Magic! Help me travel the circumference of the moon to create Imaginary Windows #6 at the Roberts St Social Centre.

Stretch goal: $3200 REACHED

and now back to your regularly scheduled moon broadcast: 

Circumference of the moon: 10,917 km (6,790 miles).
Distance from Auckland to Halifax: 15,125 km (9,399 miles).

But let me back up a little…

Hi! I’m Erin Fae. Here's what I'm doing on Kickstarter and why.

I've been making zines since the early 2000s and they've changed my life. Zines are a bit part of the reason I ended up living in Auckland, New Zealand and running Alphabet City, an art space all about self-publishing, printmaking and words.

Alas, since moving to Auckland I haven't made a new issue of my zine, Imaginary Windows. To change this, I applied for a residency at the Roberts Street Social Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They run an annual artist-in-residence program, and I'm so delighted: they picked me to spend two weeks working on a new issue of my zine.

But I can’t get to Roberts Street on my own. The airfare is astronomically expensive, and I need help to cover that cost. I could take a trip around the moon, and I would still be 4,000 km (2,485 miles) short of the total distance I need to travel. I'm asking for help because to me, this residency isn't about hiding away in a tiny room in Canada, it's about building new connections and conversations with other people.

I love trading zines, leaving zines in my favorite books at the library, and meeting new people at various fests. Zines have helped me form connections with people I never would have met otherwise, and I always feel so lucky when someone who reads my zines reaches out. We have great conversations, and I walk away feeling that the world is fabulously connected.

Everyone knows that asking for help isn't easy. I'm leaning deep into the discomfort and saying, yes, I need some help to make this happen. I truly believe that DIY doesn't mean doing it all by yourself, but reaching out to a wider community so that everyone can help each other to make magic.

Thank you so much for your support. I hope to send you a new issue of Imaginary Windows in the not-too-far-away future.

Lucky rewards

Of course, I can't tell you too much about the new zine because it hasn't happened yet. Things I'd like to write about include: circus, longing, immigration, heteronormativity, community-building (and the trials around that), shame and vulnerability. I really don't know what the new zine is going to be like yet, and that's exciting!

Imaginary Windows no. 4
Imaginary Windows no. 4
peek inside of Imaginary Windows no. 5
peek inside of Imaginary Windows no. 5

You can fund me at a level that will get you one or two of my older issues of Imaginary Windows. Issue no. 4 is my favorite zine I've made so far. This issue is a perzine about my bicycle, gender, inheriting stories, amazing art, Brooklyn, recipes, and my heart. Issue no. 5 is all about love, myths, New Zealand, performance art and crushes. Oh, and about deciding to move across the world and how all those things intersect.

inside Drawn Across
inside Drawn Across

I made a full color photo zine about New York and New Zealand right before I got on a plane with a one way ticket to Auckland. It's called Drawn Across, is hand-stitched and has a surprise centerfold.

Buttons just for you.
Buttons just for you.

I made some buttons just for Kickstarter backers. If you like these buttons but would also like to have some with your own designs, I want to make some for you. Full color, and up to 3 designs, depending on the backing level.

Also, I'm a feminist killjoy. Are you?

I was feeling pretty revved while listening to some anti-choice news and made these awesome letterpress printed mini-posters. I print them with deep hot pink ink and on A5 (210 x 148 mm / 8.3 x 5.8 in) 300 gram card. Get one of your own and spread the revolution.

Alphabet City has a gorgeous selection of wood type. Like the Feminist Killjoy poster but want something more personal? I'll help you design a mini-poster and print you a set to keep or give to your pals.

Cookies.
Cookies.

All Auckland backers will be invited to a special launch party at Alphabet City. You can chose to pick up your rewards then or they'll be mailed to you. As we'll be on our way out of winter, there will be warm drinks, some sweet nibbles, and of course, zines! Also, Auckland, as I mentioned, I bake cookies and cupcakes! Have you ever had a snickerdoodle? Mine are delicious.

About Roberts Street

Roberts Street is a collection of projects dedicated to providing free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education. It is a space for people to come together to share skills, knowledge, and resources. Since 2007, they have opened their space to annual guests for the residency program.

Residents are provided with space, equipment and support for their projects, many of them zines.

Here are some folks i know who have made zines at Roberts Street. Definitely check out their zines. They're fantastic:
Megan Gendell, Katie Haegele, Maranda Elizabeth and Amber Dearest.

Reviews

Here are some nice things people have said about my zines.

IPRC Zine of the Month selection:
http://www.iprc.org/zineofthemonth/erin-faes-imaginary-windows

New Zealand Herald interview:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10737410

Femme Galaxy's Imaginary Windows review:
http://www.femmegalaxy.com/2009/09/imaginary-windows/

Gottesman Libraries review of Imaginary Windows #4:
http://gottesman.pressible.org/anhaysne/ill-hold-this-then-youll-hold-this

Stretch Goal Info and Bonus Reward 

The price of the tickets went up more than 15% since I planned and launched this project. Oh no! That means that the total for airfare comes to nearly $2700 all on its own. Kickstarter and amazon take (and deserve) around 7% and there's the cost of making and shipping rewards all over the world (so thrilled that I get to send things all over the world). So I've made a stretch goal: $3200.

But what's the fun of having a stretch goal if you don't get something awesome out of it?

I'm so grateful to everyone who has helped so far and everyone who will still help. We're all part of this together. It's phenomenal and my heart almost can't stand it. This whole process has been a great trial and triumph in vulnerability.

If we can make it to $3200, everyone who backed at the $7 level or above will get a personalized 1" button with their choice of typewritten words. I will make each and every one of you a 1" button with whatever word or phrase will fit. Not sure if something will fit? Send me a message! Together, we can make this next step happen. Thank you again and see you on the other side of the moon.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I can't really think of anything other than if the plane crashes or something catastrophic happens. I'm just one person working on this. So unless something deadly happens to me, I think we're pretty safe on this kickstarter magic happening.

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