About the Zine
My zine, ‘After the Glitter Settles’, aims to honour and celebrate the voices of Queer, Sistagirl & Brotherboy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The zine is in two parts. Firstly, a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Sydney Mardis Gras Parade. My zine then goes on to problematise the erasure of these voices once the glitter settles and the parade festivities are over. This section is about creating and holding space for these voices who are speaking their truths within and without of community everyday. I have gathered a range of writing and poetry from Queer, Sistagirl & Brotherboy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As a white, settler woman I recognise that I am sharing knowledge and experiences that are neither my own, nor are they ones that I will ever know due to the way I experience the world and the way the world experiences me.
My name is Kate. I’m a queer-identifying woman thinking, learning and pedalling across Gadigal, Wangal and Bedegal country. I divide my time between studying Law, working in Native Title and hanging out with my bike (…and my mates, but mostly my bike).
Over the past few months I’ve been landing at home in Sydney again after a year abroad in Vancouver, Canada where I lived, studied and adventured on the lands of the Tseil-Watuth, Squamish, and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam peoples. It was in Vancouver where I first encountered the world of expression that is THE ZINE! This was a timely encounter as I was learning a lot about storytelling and how to do so in a way that honoured my relationships to others and my responsibilities on the land I was writing from. Thinking-through these lessons in the pages of my zine (and other zines in the making!) has been such an important part of my learning over the past year.
Why did you start making zines?
Zines came to me whilst I was in Vancouver. The zine-scene was big there, but it was two dear friends I met whilst studying there that introduced me to Zines (before the zines found me!)
Zines are a good way to make sense of things, I remember one of them once telling me. A “map” of sorts.
Together, we spent a lot of time making sense of things. We also thought a lot about storytelling. Particularly, what it meant to share stories that didn’t belong to you on land that wasn’t yours.
The zine I have created, ‘After the Glitter Settles’ is one of the products of this thinking. It’s also a product of some really important friendships that supported me in all the indecision and doubt that often comes along with zine-making.
What is your experience of the community?
Being new to the zine-scene, I’ve had to make my own zine community. A motley crew of myself and some friends from Melbourne – all amazing cartoonists, radio-producers, artists, thinkers, you name it!
At the moment, we are thinking-through what it means, and how it feels, to be queer at this absolutely bananas time in Australian politics! We are working on a really important zine at the moment that is to do with navigating the world as young queer people, that will hopefully speak to others trying to do the same.
What Advice would you give?
Zine-making isn’t a fine art. It’s a mode of storytelling. And I think anyone can tell a story.
It’s also a practice in listening – listening to what is happening around you. listening to how others are feeling. listening to how you are feeling. listening to your body. listening to people who are telling you to finish your zine(!!)
Finishing a zine is a great feeling. You get to hold in your hands something so complete. You don’t know if anybody will ever really read it or care about it, but you’ve brought a story into the world that may have been previously silenced, or perhaps one that wasn’t there before.
And that’s what matters most.