Vlog: Where Have I Been & Surprise Art Mail

I’ve never done a vlog before. (It’s a little weird talking to a camera as if it’s a crowd of people.) Something’s, however, are very difficult to explain in text, especially when those things are of a more serious nature. I don’t like making my friends uncomfortable, and even if we’re not technically that close, I’d still prefer to not run you off…especially after being gone for so long!

The following video consists of two parts. Part one is only about two minutes, in which I explain where I’ve been rather than chatting you up about art on here in the web-o-sphere. The second half, which is far longer, is all about the oh my gosh that’s so cool mail that I received this past week. Trust me when I say: you do not want to miss out on how awesomesauce this thing is! Just click the video below to play it or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

If you made it through my vlog, yay! And thank you! If not, that’s okay too, because I’m going to tell you all about my surprise art mail, including images below!

So here it is: I was zined! “Zined?” you ask, “What is a Zined?” Being Zined is a magical thing that happens to you, courtesy of the Zine Squad, and you never even know it’s coming. The Zine Squad consists of three talented artists, who make collaborative art books, mailing it to one another until the pages are filled; they call these art books “zines.” The three awesome Zine Squad ladies are: Vanessa (Website, Instagram), Julia (Website, Instagram), and Katie (Website, Instagram).  From my understanding, the Zine Squad customarily also asks a fourth person to be involved with the making of a zine, and recruited Holly (Instagram) for the creation of my zine—which is accordingly titled “A Lovely Layered Zine.”  The following photos are all of this gorgeous work of art, which so pleasantly appeared in the mailbox of yours truly! I’m honored!

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A Lovely Layers Zine, Cover

The cover reads, “A Lovely Layers Zine.”

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A Lovely Layers Zine, Pages 3 and 4

Page three reads, “‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.’ Henry David Thoreau.” Page four reads, “Little rituals are the secret to stability.”

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A Lovely Layers Zine, Pages 5 and 6

Page six reads, “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t you, so that you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”

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a Lovely Layers Zine, Pages 7 and 8

Page seven reads, “If you went back and changed every mistake you’d ever made—you’d erase yourself.”

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A Lovely Layers Zine, Pages 9 and 10

Page nine reads, “Unconditional support and friendship have come to you.” (Note: Thank you ladies! I need this!)

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A Lovely Layers Zine, Pages 11 and 12

Page twelve reads, “I walk in Frida’s garden.”

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A Lovely Layers Zine, Pages 13 and 14

Page thirteen reads, “Gaze into the layers of the universe.” Page fourteen reads, “A zine made by: Katie, Jules (xo), Vanessa, Holly.”

My zine also came with a note, which reads “Hey Emily! Guess What? You’ve been zined. We hope you love this Layer’s/Frida Zine. XO -Zine Squad” So: Dear Zine Squad, Thank you for this wonderful gift! I do love it!! This zine is amazing, you’re amazing, and the timing was perfect! I love you all a million times over!!

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A Lovely Layers Zine, Open, Viewed From Top

So blog readers/vlog watchers, are you intrigued, amazed, and in love as much as I am with this Lovely Layers Zine and the Zine Squad? Feel free to visit each of their sites, and go give the Zine Squad’s Instagram a look-see and a follow by clicking here: @zinesquad. Leave a comment below if you’d like to know anymore about my Lovely Layer Zine, or the group that brought the Zine Squad together: Get Messy!


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3 thoughts on “Vlog: Where Have I Been & Surprise Art Mail

  1. What an incredible experience it must have been to find that in your mailbox! It’s just another example of how our art can reach out and touch others, and I am happy they zined you!! Thank you for the pictures and sharing such a great work-of ❤. ((Hugs))

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  2. Emily, I hardly ever watch youtube or vlogs, but I watched entirely through this one! I loved how you talked about the pages, and I’m so thrilled it got to you at the perfect time! 🙂

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  3. such a beautiful loving gift and how wonderful that it came at a time when it was obviously needed.
    I know MDD well and am sorry that you go through this. I have dealt with it all of my life as well, and the vicious cycle of anxiety/depression is so exhausting. Although we have never met, please know I am here if you ever wish to reach out. Much artsy loving coming your way.

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