What does it mean to be creative? And how do our ideas about creativity affect what we count as art? Andy Warhol famously said that “Art is anything you can get away with.” The zinesters behind the “Connecting through Creativity” issue took these words to heart by getting to know their inner creative spirit—also known as their kook!—and trying their hand at some unconventional, wacky art approaches during a sunny week at Concordia University's Loyola Campus in July 2013. From colourfully earnest storytelling to jolly cupcake sculptures, their zine projects show off their eagerness to try new things and defy the boundaries of their own conception of art.
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Hana “Rocker Cool” Truong was born on April 2003 in Montreal, Quebec. She is currently 10 years old and still living in Montreal. Her favourite way of being creative is painting, which she is fairly good at. She attends Anne Hébert School and her favourite subject is math. She likes any food with tomato sauce, especially pasta. Her favourite colour is blue and her favourite blues are the kind in the ocean. The question that puzzles her most is “Why do venomous snakes live in Egypt?” And she says she thinks she’s crazy.
Samuel “Crazy Roki” Salcedo is a nine year old boy who studies at Lucille Teasdale school. He comes from Colombia and for the first time this week, he wrote and recorded a poem in English! He has brown eyes, has brown hair and is very friendly. He likes to play hockey and football outside and Nintendo DS and Nintendo WII inside. He loves spaghetti. He believes in aliens and zombies but he doesn’t think there’s a hell. He’s a master craftsman who makes really cool bracelets and lizards.
Benjamin “Insightful Roxanne” Dubuc-Doyle is nine years old and goes to Willingdon School. He loves sports and art, and wishes everyone had a chance to do both every day. He is a very good friend, and tries to make sure people around him feel good. One thing that puzzles him is how questions can be found in other questions! He is very smart and loves to tell you what he thinks about things. He agrees that perfection is boring, and it’s way more fun to just be yourself.
Isha “Crazy Wallaby” Gupta is a 12-year old girl who is in the International Baccalaureate program at St. Thomas. One thing that puzzles her is why people are unfair to others. Isha lives in a family of four: her parents, herself and her brother. During her free time, Isha likes to play on the computer or watch TV, read or draw. Her favourite type of food is pizza. Isha has been a vegetarian since she was a young child. Her favourite subjects at school are art, science and math. If Isha could have a dog, she would get a chihuahua. Isha’s favourite movie is “Housefull 2.” Isha loves carrom, a game where you have to try to shoot some tokens into four nets.
Elena “Imaginative George” Truong is 13 years old and going into the eighth grade at Villa-Maria School. She is puzzled by why pollution exists. She likes abstract art because she can do whatever she wants and still make beautiful paintings. Besides abstract art she likes to draw faces. Her favourite book is “The Hunger Games” and her favourite band is The Wanted. She likes to play fly-football and does competitive swimming. She likes to wear the bows she makes and her favourite color is orange.
Emma “Odd Nutcase” Wallace was born in Quebec in March 2003. She is 10 years old and goes to Ste. Agathe Academy. Her favourite colour is blue and her favourite food is dumplings. She says some of the people in her hometown are very strange. She likes to draw animals, especially cats, when she has nothing to do. The question that puzzles her most is, “How was the universe created?” And she’s sad she’ll probably never know for sure.
Hannah “Quirky Max” Wallace is 13 years old and goes to Sainte-Agathe Academy School. One thing that puzzles her about the world is the fact that people don’t like books. Her favourite way of being creative is to write. Her favourite color is black. Her favourite movie is, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She really hates sports. She is really kind and cool. She likes computer and recycling. She loves Brila camp. She loves Harry Potter and Markus Zysak books, and really enjoys writing fantasy and realistic-fiction books. When she grows up she wants to be an author. She has already written a novel called “Two Faces.” She likes Indie rock, especially the band Imagine Dragon. She is vegetarian but she loves ice cream and cupcakes. She has brown hair, blue eyes, a small nose and a small mouth.
Antonio “Creative Funko” Brunetti is almost 10 years old and goes to Judith Jasmin school. He lives to produce videos with Legos which he puts on YouTube. He is super knowledgeable about all things cop-related and has fun exploring this passion using the various creative zine projects. He probably knows more about police operations than actual police officers! Antonio really enjoys making comics because he likes to draw his stories.
Yonje “Independent Matilda” Rhee is 11 years old and she just graduated the Priory School and is going to the Study. Once thing that puzzles her about the world is the fact that there is so much water but some countries don’t have anything to drink. Her favourite way to be creative is to add blue and black splatters when she makes a drawing mistake. She likes french fries and ice cream cupcakes. She is really competitive at swimming and she enjoys basketball. She has billions of friends and sees herself as a tomboy. She is also good at matching colours, especially bright ones. She likes music and plays the violin. She is smart and she has a good memory. She is very sweet and she adores travelling. She is a nice artist and is really good at math. Her favourite animals are dogs and she really wants one.
Noah “Imaginary Mr. Templeton” Leibovici-Gluss is nine years old and goes to the Jewish People’s School. He loves to draw cartoons in black-and-white to show off his dramatic characters and ideas. He is really good at telling stories and keeping everyone in suspense. One thing that puzzles him is why shoes pinch his feet. Can’t they just be made to never do that? He likes to look at bugs and imagine what they may say to each other.
Diego Gonzalez Poleo
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Andrew “Eccentric Bob” Barecki is 13 years old and attends Loyola School. He enjoys biking around LaSalle and playing games. He likes the balance of seriousness and humour in his teachers. His favourite way of being creative is through drawing: he likes to draw what he feels and spend time on the shading and details. While working on the zine with his new friends, Andrew discovered a love of poetry—hearing it and writing his own. He is also a really amazing photographer and loves to take pictures of architecture.
COVER PHOTO BY ANDREW BARECKI; MODEL: NOAH LEIBOVICI-GLOSS
Yoni “Happy Kookie” Rhee is a nine-year old girl who goes to Roslyn School. She has short black hair that’s always tied back with a bright flower headband. Whenever she makes a mistake, she adds cute decorations on top of them. Something that puzzles Yoni is how there are so many different types of healthy food but a lot of countries can’t afford to get any of it. She loves pasta carbonara and ice cream cake. Her most beloved animal is the rabbit. Yoni wants to be a painter in the future. She swims competitively, and also likes soccer and basketball. Her favourite expression is “Hiya girl!” What Yoni likes the most about herself is her creativity and her love for arts and crafts. She is not shy about sharing with everyone! Also, Yoni is a positive, upbeat friend for anyone around her, especially her family.
Clara “Fantabulous Rocky” Chemtov is a funny, outgoing person. She is 10 years old—soon to be 11!—and goes to Willingdon School. She loves drawing abstract flowers as she is quite creative. She is crazy about Harry Potter—the books and the movies are her favourites—but she also really likes the Heroes of Olympus series. She used to play baseball, but finding soccer more exciting, she switched sports. Just like her friend Tabea, she loves reading. Clara is absolutely, positively crazy about chocolate and s’mores. She says that if she died and could bring one thing with her to her new life, she would bring s’mores. Speaking of dying, the thing that puzzles her the most about the world is what happens when a person dies. She wonders this because the people who have experienced it are in no fit condition to tell us about it!
Tabea “Audacious Jimbo” Devries is 10 years old and goes to Sainte-Catherine-de-Sienne school. Her favourite ways of being creative are scrapbooking and photography. Her hobby is reading. She likes mystery books and her favourite one is “The Mysterious Benedicts Society.” Tabea’s best vacation was at a resort in Ixtapa, Mexico. Though she has only been there once, she loves it all the same. Tabea loves vanilla fudge and makes the most delicious kind ever tasted. Tabea is intrigued by rock climbing: she has not yet tried it, she can hardly wait to do so. Her two favourite colours are turquoise and purple—she can’t decide between the two! All in all, everyone would agree that Tabea shows love, kindness and caring in all of the things she does and is a very good friend.
Diego “Eccentric Henri” Gonzalez Poleo is a 13 year old boy who goes to École Saint-Maxime. He just moved to Canada from Venezuela and is really happy to be living in Montreal. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He likes to play soccer. He loves to draw and is really good at creating characters. He has a great sense of humour and likes to make people laugh.
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