London College of Fashion Special Collections has an ever expanding fashion zine collection that encompasses gender, body politics, sociology of clothes, hair & makeup, queer theory and more. Our 4th installment of Zinesters in LCF Special Collections comes from Roechelle Adair, her zine Back to Nappy can be found in our zine collection.
Roechelle Adair, Covington Kentucky
How long have you been making zines for?
I have been writing since my pre-teen years, but I only started creating zines a little over a year ago.
What do you like to create zines about?
When it comes to writing, my motto is…Entertain, Educate, Enlighten. I like to create zines with truth and meaning; subjects that are raw, honest and helpful.
What is your favourite zine/comic/book?
Favourite Zine: How to Survive Being a Feminist by TeamWollStoneCraft. Favorite Comic: Betty and Veronica and Favorite book: All Quite on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Tell us a bit more about your creative process?
I am an avid fantasizer and daydreamer, Ideas on subjects, characters, and outlines come to be constantly. In my head, I have written many zines, however, I usually put pen to paper during my little spurts of “Me Time”; in the mornings before the rest of the house wakes up, at break-time when I am at work and the quite moments before I jet to bed.
What does it feel like to have your zine/s in the London College of Fashion Library’s Special Collections?
I am filled with gratitude, pride and glee – it truly feels amazing that a project so personal and special to me has received this type of recognition.
What influenced Back to Nappy?
My natural-hair journey had been such a bumpy and emotional ride with quite a lovely outcome that I couldn’t help but to share it. I knew that it could help others on their own journey.
What one piece of advice would you give UAL students about zine making?
It doesn’t matter the subject or the outline of the zine you decide to create, just put your all into it and make it great. Be passionate about every project, that passion will permeate through the words and illustrations of your zine(s) which in turn will generate fans and believers of your work(s).
You can see more of Roechelle’s work here: