Lately I've been spending my time on restocking the Zine Machine, and getting back in in contact with our faithful zine makers. I've been thinking about the purpose of stocking a vending machine with zines, too, and the implications of even taking the time to make zines, and to encourage others to do the same. I've found this explanation from Booklyn:
"Reading a book educates. Making a book is an education.
Through the development of skills such as verbal and visual storytelling, problem solving, original thinking, and hand-eye coordination, bookmaking promotes literacy, creativity, self-expression, and self-esteem. As a medium and a message, bookmaking encourages the development of the voice, the ability to articulate it, and the means to make it heard."
Sometimes it's nice to have a reminder for why I do the things I do.
("Booklyn's mission is to promote artist books as an art form and an educational resource, to provide the general public and educational institutions with services and programming involving contemporary artist books, and to assist artists in exhibiting, distributing and publishing artist books." They are amazing.)