I’m excited to send this conversation with Darcy Leigh your way! I love Darcy’s zines and I hope that all the imaginary permissions slips we’ve handed out to ourselves in this episode will make you feel excited to DIY more things too. Here is what we talked about:
- How Darcy co-founded a press and why stamps are permission giving magic
- How the butch archive came to be
- What it’s like to write and share very personal stuff
- Creating our own creative processes to survive academia
Darcy Leigh co-runs @easterroadpress, an insurrectionary transfeminist press based in Scotland. She is into DIY everything, from her zines about butch bodies, to her DIY archiving and curation at butcharchive.com. Themes from her work include fatness, transness, tits, ambivalence, Jewishness and psychiatry. She lives half in Edinburgh, half in Brighton (it’s complicated), and appreciates pigeons, innovative zine folds and dark truths. When not in queer zine land, Darcy works in the ivory tower and is also committed to its destruction (aka, is a Lecturer in Law who researches the ongoing history of the British Empire).
This is the Easter Road Press Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EasterRoadZines
Easter Road Press on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/easterroadpress/
Glasgow Zine Fest on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasgowzinelib/
Here is the web design workshop I mentioned in the beginning: https://yarrowdigital.com/intro-do-diy-web-design-workshop/
Listen to Rituals in Nature on
Apple Podcasts // Stitcher // Spotify
Are you wanting to make sense of these strange times, connect with nature in a deeper way and find your own philosophy?
Then we probably have a lot in common. My name is Yarrow and I’m a queer writer, gardener and artist who loves to daydream.
Leaning into ritual, being a lover of the wild and making my own magic has helped me through all kinds of tough stuff, which is why I am so passionate about sharing what I’ve found here.
Follow along for explorations of beauty, the human experience and what it means to not go back to normal.