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A bi-annual diary compilation for all women by everyday storytellers, casual life changers and unassuming heroes — ages 12+
A bi-annual diary compilation for all women by everyday storytellers, casual life changers and unassuming heroes — ages 12+
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INTRODUCTION

in the company of growing women.

Dear Lois is a bi-annual independent magazine for all women, starting as young as 12-years-old. We believe we continue to grow and learn through all stages of life, so why not have a place to pursue and encourage that together.

Each issue invites everyday storytellers, casual life changers, and unassuming heroes to share their stories. In a world filled with comparing and competition, we wanted to create something different. Here you don’t need to be the best or the first at something to be given a platform to talk. We feature all voices, big and small.

We meet you where you are.

issue #2 categories
issue #2 categories

ISSUE #2

This is the home issue. We decided to focus on the theme of home because whether we feel like we’ve found it, we’ve always had it, or we are still searching for it, we all have our own definition of home.

Inside, we talk about the people who make up a home. The people who make it messy, and the people who tidy it up. We talk about the feeling of home — why some people feel uncomfortable with the home they are given, and how they discover a new home in new places. We talk about how certain memories remain in our brains forever, and how ultimately you have the ability to shape your home and create a place of belonging wherever you go.

We learn that home is much more than a physical structure. It’s about comfort and safety, a place where your true self can shine. Houses can come and go, but your home moves with you.


interview with musician Sarah Pasillas of Antonioni
interview with musician Sarah Pasillas of Antonioni
written by Megan Sexton
written by Megan Sexton
written by Artemie Li
written by Artemie Li

OUR JOURNEY

Issue #1 was fully funded on Kickstarter and since releasing the issue in November 2018 we’ve been blown away by the seemingly endless support and kind words from our growing audience. We are super proud of our first issue, which was originally a school project primarily aimed at learning more about typography and layout. However, we were clearly on to something and it caught on, becoming so much more than we ever could have imagined. It’s now found all over the world.

With issue #2, we are hoping for an even larger reach. We’ve tried out new things, met new people, and we’re ready to share these new amazing pieces with you.

So why another campaign you ask? Because printing and shipping is expensive (70% of our budget!), and Kickstarter helps us secure funds in advance while we grow organically with your support. In addition to production costs, we’ve also made a commitment to have the money necessary to pay our contributors for their time and talent. Because we are currently ad-free, we rely entirely on our readers’ support, and we find kickstarter to be a fun and safe way to gather the necessary funds.

By supporting this Kickstarter, you’ll be putting us in a better position to keep making and releasing issues, to keep growing our readership by printing more copies, and ultimately to make Dear Lois a sustainable project. The more issues we create and the more readers we gain, the more opportunities we have for grants and sponsorships in the future.

illustrated by Blobs Feeling Things
illustrated by Blobs Feeling Things
written by Josephine Edmondson and Lauren Gallow
written by Josephine Edmondson and Lauren Gallow
written by Olivia Driggs
written by Olivia Driggs

WHY PRINT

There is a lot of great work online, and we hope to add to that space sometime in the future. However, we strongly value the idea of sitting with the work within Dear Lois for as long as you need. You can take it with you wherever you go, or you can keep it on your bookshelf until you need to revisit it later on. While Dear Lois isn’t considered a self-help publication, we understand certain articles will impact different people at different times. Consider it a friend you can call on when you need someone.

written by Divya Das
written by Divya Das
written and photographed by Jessica Bose
written and photographed by Jessica Bose
written and illustrated by Olya Tsikhanchuk
written and illustrated by Olya Tsikhanchuk

REWARDS

  • $5 — thank you card
  • $10 — 4x6in postcard set
  • $25 — copy of issue #2
  • $33 — issue #2 + enamel pin
  • $35 — issue #2 + postcard set
  • $45 — BFF bundle — 2 copies of issue #2
  • $45 — issue #1 + #2 bundle
  • $55 — issue #2 + screen print t-shirt
  • $75 — everything bundle — issue #2, enamel pin, postcard set, screen print t-shirt
  • $100 — bulk order for stockists and schools — 10 copies of Issue #2
  • $140 — BFF everything bundle
  • $500 — the generous patron — issue 2, all rewards + name in printed magazine
  • $1000 — the ultra generous patron — issue 2, all rewards + company name in printed magazine and online
  • $3000 — Dear Lois partner — issue 2, all rewards + company feature in printed magazine and online
issue #2 enamel pin
issue #2 enamel pin
issue #1 enamel pin
issue #1 enamel pin
postcard collection
postcard collection
screen printed t-shirt
screen printed t-shirt

CREDITS + THANK YOUS

As always, projects like this take a village, and Dear Lois issue #2 is no exception. 

Our sincerest thank you to all our contributors:

Artemie Li, Adrienne Oliver, Alejandra Macouzet, Amy Huber, Anna Nguyen, Bonnie Alderfer, Breeze Pollard, Dayna Behrens, Divya Das, Ella Lama, Ellen C. Caldwell, Gulligull, Enya Last, Emilie Jajonie, Blobs Feeling Things, Jen Garcia, Jessica Bose, J.W. Kwan, Julia Nagatsu Granstrom, Julie Jarema, Katie Johnson, La Lin, Lauren Gallow, Jo Edmondson, Olivia Driggs, Madeleine Longoria Garcia, Megan Sexton, Mia Romani, Natalie Briscoe, Olya Tsikhanchuk, Tess Guthrie, Yumnia Duarte, Natalie Hartkopf, Hannah Provisor, Sarah Pasillas

And endless love and admiration for every single pal that helped us prep this campaign:

  • music for video written and performed by Sam Parkin 
  • video set up and overall tech support by Todd Durboraw 
  • copy editing and encouragement by Kate Reingold and Gabrielle Goldman 
  • acting for video by Mary Hannah Reynolds, Abigail Buzbee, Amy Huber, Jen Garcia, Josephine Edmondson, Lauren Gallow, and Jules Smith

To all our friends and family, thank you. Truly couldn’t do any of this without you.

And finally, our deepest thanks goes to our Grandmother Lois, the magazine's namesake. Dear Lois is our way of sharing our desire to connect all generations of women together and to pay tribute to one the strongest ladies who ever existed. She was also one of the most talented crafters we will ever meet, and we can't think of a better way to spend our creative energy than by producing this magazine for years to come.


ABOUT US

Dear Lois grew a little bigger this time around, and now it's 100% a sister dream team. Mariah Behrens is a graphic designer, illustrator, and toy maker, insistent on always finding ways to empower young people. Hannah Behrens joined the team and has been an incredible second eye throughout the process of building issue #2. Hannah is a fitness guru with all the knowledge on oils, acupuncture and self-care you could ever need. 

read more on our IG: @dearlois_mag

Risks and challenges

There is always a chance this could not succeed. We're still asking for a lot of money! But we're already starting this campaign with more experience than before. We ironed out all the unexpected kinks when we made Dear Lois Issue #1. Our biggest challenges we can think of are probably related to unforeseen printing or delivery mishaps, but we’ve established a great relationship with our vendors over the last year to ensure that it doesn’t happen.

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