Meet this Zinester: Remi Germaine

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Who are you? Where are you based?
My name is Remi Germaine. I create zines under the name Peachy Keen Press based out of Utah. I’m an art school drop out, amateur illustrator, and snail mail enthusiast.

What are zines to you?
To me, zines are a way to unload my thoughts and ideas into a nice little shareable format. I’m not great at socializing so I’ve found zines to be a way that I’m able to relate to people.
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What was your first encounter with zines?
The very first zine I received was from a pen pal. It was entirely in German I couldn’t read any of it! It had really great illustrations and I thought, I can make one of these!

Tell me about your zines. What kind of zines do you make?
The zines I make are a bit of a mishmash, mostly illustrations with thoughts or poems. The zines I make are often something I want to remember. So that could be an event, memory, feeling, or random night googling facts that I find interesting and want to hold onto.

What inspires you to create zines?
I’m always inspired by what others are creating. Zine festivals are always an overload of new ideas! I am greatly motivated by my own desire to document my thoughts and communicate those thoughts to others. If I feel like I’ve got something to say but can’t find the words, that seems to always kickstart a zine idea.
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What’s your favorite thing about zines?
My favorite thing is how accessible making zines are. I’m a huge believer in art is for everyone and everyone is an artist. Something about zines being so simple breaks down that self-conscious “I’m not an artist” wall. It leads people to be creative in a way that they wouldn’t normally and I love that! It also makes for a huge variety of zines being created and I’m constantly inspired by what others are creating.

Do you recall your first zine ever, what inspired you to create it?
The first zine I ever made was a mishmash of sketchbook doodles, text conversations, quotes, and song lyrics. I had been dwelling too much on what I was going to make that I decided to just rip the bandaid off and create something, even if it wasn’t a thing I liked very much. It ended up being real neat so I made it into a series.

Tell me a little about your zine-making process.
I always start with what format I want to use first. Then I sketch out each page in my sketchbook. Then I create each page individually, by layering paper, paint, and illustrations. After I finish all the artwork I scan it all in and use Adobe Illustrator to place the images in a template. Then print, trim and staple! Honestly, I have a hard time figuring out printers and formatting so my sister normally steps in at that point to adjust it so it prints correctly.

What do you hope people get out of your zines?
I always hope for two things! One that they feel a connection to it, that there is something in it relatable to them. Two I want them to have the feeling of “I can make one of these!”

Name two of your favorite zinesters.
@eccentricities_has always been supportive and encouraging me to be a part of a zine community. Plus they make really cool collage art and poem zines! @whoisladywindermere makes some of my all-time favorite zines. They’ve developed a great style that I admire.

Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
My advice is to do it first for yourself, then to share with others. Buy lots of zines and have a zine collection you can go to when you need inspiration.

Is there a zine website or resource you would recommend new zinesters to check out?
The book Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? by Esther Watson and Mark Todd is really great! Also just searching the zine hashtag has helped me build a cool zine community on social media.

Remi’s Links

social media @remikeahi
Blog- apeachykeenday.blogspot.com

Interview conducted by Solansh Moya
Pictures Provided by Remi Germaine

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