I want my zine to be visually appealing, therefore a colour scheme needs to be put into place. I really like the look of it being quite pink and red toned, with complimentary colours around to support it (blues, purples). The colour pink has a gentle, sweet, playful note to it whilst being associated with ‘femininity’. It is also used to represent love, whilst red is associated with passing and romance. I believe these are themes that supports my zine as I want it to be almost like a love letter from one sister to another. With that in mind however, I don’t want my zine to have that dreamy, fairy like approach, but rather a toughened, quite chaotic, riot grrrl like style. I want the zine to have a strong theme to it to represent the empowerment of women as I believe this reflects the content I want in my zine.

I want my masthead to be snappy and short- something that represents the zine as a whole. Here are a few name ideas:

  2. GRRRL
  4. GIRLHOOD- I think from the name ideas I have come up with so far, girlhood is my favourite. The idea of girls uniting and being a collective. The word ‘hood’ by definition can mean to cover up the head, which reminds me of Pussy Riot.
  6. BLOOM

And if I decide to add a tagline?

  1. “A guide to self-love”


(1) CANTERBURY- i think this font really fits into the whole riot girl aesthetic I am going for. It’s a font that appears to look toughened, bold and strong.

(2) COURIER NEW- i like how this font has a typewriter quality to it, making it feel personal. I think that this font would fit in perfectly for any body text I may decide to include (like a tag line).












  • The minimal layout and simplicity of these covers really make these covers stand out to me. I like how its straight to the point and communicates the necessary information without giving too much away.
  • I am really drawn to just a simple use of text and image, a reminder that sometimes you don’t need too much information on a page.
  • I really like the scanned in effect of the orange bordered cover- could work and tie in nicely with the riot grrrl themes of that DIY aeshtetic. I also think a layer of texture adds more depth to the layout.
  • Using simple underlines, and lined borders is a nice touch in adding some detail that simply just draws your attention to the image, or text. A way to frame something up.

LUST FOR LIFE: A zine by Chloe Sheppard


Created by photographer Chloe Sheppard, her zine is inspired by the likes of page 3 in The Sun newspaper. Where highly glamourised models are spread across the page in their most racy underwear whilst exposing their bodies for a lustful audience. Sheppard instead promotes a much refreshing and natural take on this theme by highlighting what we may see as insecurities or imperfections by turning it into something that should be applauded. Because essentially, this is who we are, whether the media industry agrees or not.

“I had family members who’d buy it so if I ever chose to read it it was always there. Whenever I looked at it, all I saw was thin, white young girls with perky tits and flawless skin, and that then becomes the norm when it’s reinforced enough times.” Chloe Sheppard for Dazed (1)

Sheppard has always been a photographer whose work I admire. She is able to capture raw, honest photographs of women with a dreamy, soft and feminine approach, yet does not seem to sexualise women in any kind of way. I recently ordered her zine ‘Lust for Life’ that contains photographs taken on film that feature women of all size and race with glittered breasts and flowers that is almost like a love letter to women themselves. She is promoting a positive message to women that addresses the importance of being happy and comfortable with your body. I find that the women photographed in her zine are quite confident with their posing and facial expressions that they appear powerful yet poised.

What I love about this zine is the representation of women from all backgrounds. I think it’s inspiring and empowering especially for young women to see this kind of inclusivity of women of all shape and colour as a step forward in society that we can relate to; more than those on the cover of a fashion spread magazine (although equally as beautiful). I think more women and younger girls are striving towards something more real in the media that we can connect with, instead of having unrealistic expectations where we are constantly comparing ourselves to other idealistic beautiful women in magazines which is quite threatening factor that can lead to not feeling good enough, or unworthy in society because you don’t look like that.

What firstly appealed to me about this zine is the whole colour scheme and aesthetic of the images. She has combined the use of collage, with typography (hand written and digital font) with regular images which has been done in a fairy-like, dreamy way with a slight DIY feel about it where she has printed out images, reworked then scanned them back in. I definitely would like to work in this kind of way for my zine so it has a hand-made quality to it and adds a more intimate, personal touch to it. I also think that the use of music lyrics is a clever way to add text to the image without saying too much, but adds an extra layer on context to the zine.

I love the idea that she has used glitter and flowers in her images to evoke a feminine, dreamy aesthetic that I find visually appealing. I think that the glitter really adds depth to the images, and is almost a symbol of celebrating a woman body- it accentuates their bodies by shining light on their skin in a beautiful manner. Similarly with the flowers she has used in many images it draws attention to the feminine side of a woman, and creates a romantic setting for the images.


I really have been inspired by this zine, and it has definitely given me inspiration for a photoshoot that I wish to plan based on body image. The most useful part that I will take from this zine is the feminine approach she has used to shine light on empowering women.



Lust For Life – Chloe Sheppard


(a list that i want to include into my zine)

Because sometimes a bubble bath isn’t going to wash away your depressing thoughts and emotions..

  1. BREATHE- take time out of the day to practise mindfulness. Remind yourself that everything is temporary, including the way you feel.
  2. POSITIVE THINKING- listen to your thoughts and counteract anything negative with something positive!
  3. DON’T SUPPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS- being vulnerable and sad is okay!!! Listen to what you have to say and
  6. SAY IT OUT LOUD- tell a friend, or talk to someone about it even if you don’t think its that bad. Try not to hide how you really feel.
  9. BE A LITTLE SELFISH- learn to say ‘no’.


Typography workshop (22nd January)

In this workshop we learnt the importance of typography and its basic design principles. This workshop was incredibly valuable and insightful as I have learnt some new skills that I can develop and experiment with in order to create a zine that follows industry standards in relation to typography. Following on from this workshop, I will experiment and practise using these design principles to strengthen my final outcomes for my zine.


  • Alignment
  • Contrast
  • Repitition
  • Hierarchy
  • Balance



Originating in the US as an international underground movement, riot grrrls was created by a collective of young feminists which took on a punk-style approach to their movement in the early 1990’s. The whole punk movement of this era took on an anti-stablishent attitude, to stand out and be different to the rest of society, and a resistance to compiling with the norms. This was combined with a DIY aesthetic which is especially seen in punk fashion at the time- and how it lead to the aesthetic of riot grrrl zines.  Just like feminists from the 60/70’s, the riot grrrl movement focused upon the factors of self representation and touched upon issues such as sexism, identity and body image. Due to the previous lack of female representation (especially in the punk music scene), the 90’s shed light to new wave female bands and musicians that stood to address the issues of taboo subjects that were not widely talked about. They were said to be the “angry women in rock(1)”, hence how they came up with the name ‘grrrl’ to represent their anger and shock value of the movement.

Anger and the lack of diversity in popular culture fuelled young women to create their own riot grrrl zines, allowing them to voice out any taboo subjects or issues that they desired, without the censorship or the fear of being ignored by the media as they did not want to address topics (e.g rape, sexuality etc). The start of the first publications of zines turned into mainstream culture- the start of a new wave feminist movement where women could celebrate and empower other women on what would be deemed as imperfection, as well as tackling real life issues.

I am most inspired by their attitude of this movement, which I believe can be seen through the aesthetic of the zine. The uneven, DIY, ‘scrappy’ looking approach really roughens up the zine and promotes that idea of fuelled anger, and the I-don’t-care approach they riot grrrls have. A combination of empowering messages and the use of roughly cut-out collage techniques provides an interesting effect which I think is deliberately done in this way due to it being inspired by the punk movement. For my zine, I really want to take this kind of approach- a self constructed do-it-yourself approach that empowers women in a confident, attitude driven way. As I want to focus on body image and bring in themes of self-care into my zine, I think a riot grrrl like attitude would fit in perfectly for this zine as I can focus on imperfections and less on body ideals. It will also give me the opportunity to experiment with collage and use text without being to fussy and neat with it all. (fig 1) (fig 2) (fig 3) (fig 4)


Women’s Studies Vol. 41, Iss. 2, 2012




Petra Collins has always produced incredible work in the past that explores the female gaze. In her series 24 Hour Psycho, she takes on the topic of mental health in a fresh new perspective of young girls in neon hues. I have always been drawn to the colour and effects she uses in her work, she combines neon hues with a hazy effect that almost create a dreamy, cinematic effect that I love. Despite the saturated colours, the imagery is raw, and draw out real emotions from real women which I think creates a sombre atmosphere to such beautifully coloured images. But I guess the blue hues can be symbolic to the feeling of sadness in her work.




Mental health has become an issue that we speak more and more about each day. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK with experience mental health issues(1)- which includes depression and anxiety. We are growing up in a world where everyday we are faced with more negativity and issues that it has almost become normalised to have a form of mental illness or even feel stressed in the slightest way. Why are we not doing more to prevent this from happening? But rather allowing people to suppress their thoughts and feelings until they are trapped in a spaced out bubble- feeling lost and oppressed.

I would like to specifically address the mental health issues that young women face in today’s modern world, as many factors that contribute to a deteriorating mental health affect many of those closest around me. Although we talk about these issues lightheartedly, I have realised how this has actually become more of a problem. We have normalised anxiety, depression and other disorders by joking around about them through the use of retweeting, commenting, or liking ‘funny’ posts that pokes fun on these real life danger issues without realising that this can cause more pain and suffering than needed. How are you meant to heal when there are posts about your disorder left, right and centre? It’s almost become a trend that people follow as they think it’s the new norm. Whilst I do believe it is important to highlight and address mental health problems and appreciate it is a way of expressing their feelings and emotions, I do find that there are alternative methods in doing so. A long lasting method would be by spreading positivity for those willing to improve their emotional well-being.  I want my zine to promote positivity and warmth whilst acknowledging that these issues do exist. It would be interesting to have a self-care take on what I want to do to achieve what I want to do whilst communicating the issues faced by women today.

There is no doubt that social media poses many challenges onto young women, there is an unspoken competition to stay in the game of raking up ‘likes’ ‘retweets’ or followers in order to feel valued by society. Just like the media and it’s Hollywood expectations have been throughout many decades now, there has been a kind of ‘need’ to look and feel a certain way- especially when it comes to body image. Social media is no different, posing a serious threat upon women- especially the younger generation. There are so many factors that I am able to talk about for my zine, however I am extremely passionate about the representation of women in the media- which includes size inclusivity in order to tackle this one issue that may result in mental health problems amongst some young women. In a post later on, I will discuss the impact social media has had on women, discussing the positives and the negatives of the platform. I also want to discuss further self-care tips do further research into artists and photographers that look into mental health and women. From this solid background I am then able to proceed further on into producing experimentations and researching artists and photographers.


FIG 1 (Artist unknown)





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