𝕀 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕤𝕖𝕝𝕗-𝕣𝕖𝕗𝕝𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕒𝕤𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕞𝕪𝕤𝕖𝕝𝕗 𝕖𝕪𝕖-𝕠𝕡𝕖𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕠𝕣 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕤𝕠 𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕒𝕓𝕝𝕖 𝕢𝕦𝕖𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕤. 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕚𝕤 𝕞𝕪 𝕣𝕖𝕗𝕝𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕠𝕟 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕔𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕖 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕔𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕘𝕠𝕖𝕤 𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕠 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕕 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 ℤ𝕚𝕟𝕖.
I came up with these questions a few days before I answered them to give myself space and to answer them as honestly as possible.
Why have you decided to create zine?
I needed a creative outlet, something where I would have a voice and would decide what is art and what is not. On top of that, I wanted to give a platform to those who are constantly overlooked just because they don’t have the right education, background, their voice doesn’t fit in the art industry or they are too old to be an artist. All of this is relevant to me, I am not an artist but very creative, I am older and don’t have connections. So WTZ is a platform to express myself creatively without judgment and give other people the same opportunity.
What does WILD mean to you?
It means being free and honest with yourself and your desires, ultimate freedom.
Is there something you learned about yourself since creating WTZ?
Yes. Work is work and if you want to build something you still have to do so-called boring things like emails or research. At the end of the day, it is rewarding and you feel very good because you truly love and care about the project. But it is still hard sometimes. I am fine with it though. I know my goals and what I want from WTZ.
I also learned a lot about talking to the artists and creative people, manifestos, writing essays, different software, building an audience on Instagram and that I actually don’t know much, there are so many things to learn and research! It is all fascinating, challenging, and exciting.
Are there parts that you dislike?
Sometimes I postpone answering emails because I associate it with “real work”. But I know it is a part of what I like to do, so I just have to do it. I am also not a fan of typing on my phone so the fact that you can finally reply on IG from your laptop is a big development. It definitely makes my work easier.
In general. there is nothing that I dislike. I truly enjoy working on WTZ, every part of it, even the most routine one. Coming home and working on the website and instagram really brings me joy!
Where do you find inspiration?
Honestly, in everything! Sometimes, I think I am a dreamer like Amelie or like Mia’s aunt from La La Land. I am not particularly a type who would jump into the Seine or leave everything to travel around the world. But I do dream big and daydream a lot, and see the beauty in almost everything. Textures, flowers, birds, branches, trash on the ground (yes, it does inspire me and sparks a conversation in my mind), music, beautiful images, blank pieces of paper, ocean, stars, other people, films.
What are your favorite creative media?
I like a lot of the things, I am a creative hoarder. Literally! I love different textures, so everything that is weird is definitely my favorite, I like acrylic paints and watercolors, can’t live without markers, black pens and glue. I also like stickers, aluminium foil and magazine pages for art journaling, and a scanner! I need it to make collages and I use it a lot to scan work for WTZ. I can’t imagine my [creative] life without the scanner, I really feel like it is my art partner.
What are your hopes for WTZ?
I want to do more interviews, meet people, talk to them about their work, creative process, inspiration, and maybe have a printed version once or twice a year. I want to make videos for WTZ, something inspiring that captures the process. Also, something simple yet different. But primarily, I want to create a legacy, something that will stay online forever. I know there are still so many ways to express yourself and I have not gone through all of them. In the end, I want WTZ to be 40% original and 60% user-generated content.
Here are some self-reflection questions for you.