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July 18, 2011

Click the picture to go to Alex Wrekk’s Etsy shop and buy your own copy. (I wasn’t paid to say that)

My copy of Stolen Sharpie Revolution arrived, and I read it cover to cover in one sitting (the above picture was taken at work on a break, but I actually read it that night at home, curled up in bed.) Now I’m spinning with zine ideas. Only problem is, I have two ideas and I want to do them both! I guess it’s a good thing that zines don’t come out on any sort of schedule. Here’s the ideas:

Idea #1 (I’ll announce the name later): A zine celebrating uniqueness and personality. Sounds trite, I know. I just love people who are themselves, regardless of social norm or peer pressure. This zine may start out 1/4 size, and will feature tons of friend input. I have these crazy friends, see…

Idea #2 — The [Somewhat] Underground Guide to Reformed Thinking. This one is a bit ambitious, I think. Whoever heard of an Orthodox Zine? Is that an oxymoron? I’m all about bizarre juxtaposition. Reformed Christian thought is a fascinating topic for me and my husband. We also have some crazy friends of this persuasion who could perhaps be manipulated into participating. This one would have to be 1/2 size right off the bat (like I said, long winded…). I have a list of somewhat offbeat reformed thinkers that I would send the first issue to. This zine might have limited appeal, but you have to do what you love, right?

So what do you think? Should I pick one or push myself into an overachieving daze?

I use twitter to keep up with the art world. I follow things like the International Arts Movement, random book artists, and Etsy folk that I love. On my fifteen minute breaks I scroll through the tweets and pick a few links to articles, video, etc. that looks interesting. This is how I discovered a love for George Roualt that I might have never felt. This is how today I came to understand why I keep hearing the name Chihuly. Have you seen some of the pictures and videos coming out for his exhibition “Through the Looking Glass”?

It’s also how I stumbled on Makoto Fujimura a couple of months ago. If you desire to integrate faith and art, or even to hold the two in balance, you need to see this video.

Makoto Fujimura – The Art of “The Four Holy Gospels” from Crossway on Vimeo.