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Meet Your Zine Maker: Martine Workman

April 15, 2013

Martine Workman is a D.C.-based artist who started making and collecting zines in the ’90s. Recent projects include The Methow Mill, a series of 12 hand drawn weekly newspapers about living in a rural town, and Prince Food, a zine that lists all the food in Prince’s songs. Compare your favorite Prince songs at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013 on Sunday, April 21st from 11am to 6pm at Public Assembly in Williamsburg.



What drew you to document life in a small rural town?

I was in Twisp, WA, population 938, for an artist residency for 3 months. My weekly newspaper was a project I made for the local community there. The newspaper was a good excuse to connect with residents and learn about a way of life that was unfamiliar to me. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited, so I drew and wrote a lot, and took a lot of photos. Some of those photos may be seen here.

 What are you reading these days?

I’m reading Amy Gerstler’s poetry, and a murder mystery by P.D. James called The Black Tower.


Are the hunks in Hunks based on real-life hunks?

The drawings are mostly based on hunky archetypes, like “euro hunk that wears a tracksuit and gold chains” or “earthy hunk who hikes and cooks potatoes over a fire.” I did draw one portrait of a barrel chested Poseidon.

What’s your favorite mention of food in a Prince song?  Does “raspberry beret” only count if he gnaws on it a little bit?

I’ll have to go with cream, since heavy cream is also one of my favorite foods. I did my best to include every food item found in his lyrics, like Raspberry (Beret) or (Cloreen) Bacon (Skin). The book is divided into the 6 main Prince food groups, with a handy index in the back. 



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