It's #Minizinemarch and to celebrate I am re-releasing my favorite three mini THRIFTWITCH Remixes for the Khaleidoscope - Zine Club on Patreon. This post looks at the second of three in the series, Philia Unfolding, which explores the love we have for our friends.
In 2021 I began remixing THRIFTWITCH to keep the project fresh and alive. The theme for this third series was types of love, most specifically inspired by the distinctions made by the Ancient Greeks. Using different types of love as a jumping-off point I researched new papercrafts to weave experiential art into the "pages." Philia Unfolding is loosely translated into a zine and is inspired by love note puzzles popular among the Victorians in the 18th and 19th century.
The art from the different panels of this zine are some of the most beautiful in the whole series of remixes, which dreamy pinks, greens, and purples woven with soft metallics. The symbol of the butterfly is prominent throughout. I found these images so wonderful that they became the reward for the Magickal Mail Club this month. I chose my four favorite and turned them into holographic stickers. Patrons of the Khaleidoscope Zine Club receive Magickal Mail perks as well.
Philia: The Love of Friends.
Philia is the love of friends and to honor this bond I created a pen pal pocket puzzle inspired by Victorian love notes. Write a note to your best friends in this exquisite paper craft.
Creating this zine was a relief after some of the previous remixes which proved to be quite complicated and time consuming. Thinking about all the friends around the world who might receive this handcrafted treasure with a beautifully written note inside was a grand motivation. The art came together smoothly, and the folds for the project were infinitely simpler than some of the others in the series.
I greatly enjoyed turning the romantic past of this paper craft on its head, instead drawing attention to the rich and plentiful love we can have towards our friends, those who stand beside us in thick and thin, and who we play with in our spare time. I cherish my friends!
The pocket puzzle doesn't require any cutting or glueing to create. Its a almost magickal how the larger square folds away into a delightfully mini parcel. As you pull open the tabs more of the art is revealed, and there is plenty of room on the blank side of the page to leave a note. In Victorian times sometimes small trinkets like pressed flowers, or locks of hair, where hidden within the folds to delight the lover who recieved the note. I greatly enjoyed turning the romantic past of this papercraft on its head, instead drawing attention to the rich and plentiful love we can have towards our friends, those who stand beside us in thick and thin, and who we play with in our spare time. I cherish my friends!
This zine is currently only available to March Patrons on Patreon of the Khaleidoscope - Zine Club and above membership tiers. Join before March 31st (Patrons who join after 27th will receive their zines with April Rewards) to secure your limited release of the Mini Zine March Bundle.
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