New Beginnings

About the Zine

‘New Beginnings’ captures each day in June 2015. I moved into a new apartment after the breakdown of a longterm relationship and was still dealing with the grief of my father’s death. I had been struggling financially and the move into a cold and run-down one bedroom apartment only worsened it. During this time I started using Tinder and dating again for the first time in 5 years.

Q & A

Bianca Martin is a musician, writer, and zine maker. She makes a weekly perzine called Rut Zine which predominantly covers the struggles of being directionless in your late 20s. Her zines ‘New Beginnings’ and ‘Burnout’ explore the different ways grief manifests. She also has a serial zine called ‘Fangrrl’ which looks at women across all forms of media. She plays drums in two punk bands and publishes other writing online sporadically.

Why did you start creating zines?

I was feeling frustrated by the literary scene. I felt as though it was cliquey and full of nepotism. I saw zines as a way of bypassing that, giving myself my own platform for expression as well as others (I ran a small collaborative zine for a while). I found zines appealing because there are no rules and there is no right or wrong. My zine could be anything I wanted it to be.

What is your experience of the community?

I started making zines in Brisbane but struggled to find a community there at the time. Thanks to Twitter I was introduced to Sticky Institute not long after I moved to Melbourne. I anxiously dropped off my zines to be stocked there and it was a completely positive experience. Everyone at Sticky has been incredibly encouraging and helped to provide me with opportunities to expand my range, collaborate, and attend different zine fairs.

What advice would you give?

Don’t get caught up on the idea of what something ‘should’ look like! Just start making and the pieces will all fall together.