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Kiara “Intuitive Ralph” Berezowsky has a sister, a mum and a dad. Kiara is 11 years old. Her middle name is Romana and her birthday is on December 19, 2001. She has three cats and two dogs. Her favourite colour is sky blue. Kiara’s hobby is reading fiction and jumping on the trampoline. She is going to St. Kevin Junior High School in the fall. Kiara wants to be a forensic anthropologist. Her favourite number is 10. When she grows up she wants to live in Washington, D.C. Kiara wonders what the world would be like without music. Her favourite animals are horses, her favourite drink is a vanilla milkshake, and her favourite food is pesto. She loves to express herself artistically through writing.
Tatiana “Astonishing Colonel Sanders” Kopchia is 13 going on 14 and will continue to attend Steele Heights in the fall. Difficult friends puzzle Colonel Sanders the most. Mimicking sounds—such as a seal—and drawing are Tatiana’s favourite ways of expressing herself. Yellow is the colour Tatiana enjoys the most because it’s the colour of sunflowers and makes her feel exotic. Chocolate is by far the food her taste buds love the most. Tatiana plays four instruments, including: cello, bass, saxophone and ukulele. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the book she likes the most because it is unique and well written. She believes that anything that conveys emotion should be considered art. Tatiana wants to be an optometrist when she’s older.
Helena “Slow Ted” Ard is 12 years old and was born in Edmonton. She likes the Internet, cats and her bike. She goes to McKernan School. Her favourite animals are feline. Her favourite colour is peach orange. She doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. She thinks about time travel and paradoxes most of the time, and is intrigued by the prospect of visiting other eras.
Robin Ashleigh “Spooky Todo” Clements was born long ago in a faraway land called Kelowna, B.C. Something that puzzles her: Why do people insist on talking to her when she just wants to watch Sailor Moon Second Attack on Titan? Good question, Robin. We just don’t know. The question will forever haunt us all. Robin’s favourite way to be creative is by drawing and punching walls… creatively. She hates all life forms unless animated in a Japanese style and present on a computer screen. Robin is sad but she doesn’t know why... probably because she doesn’t have juice or smiley fries. She goes to Archbishop Jordan High School even though she’s only in grade nine which makes no sense and angers her deeply and ugh. Robin is tired. She is always tired. We think she should sleep more. She is too busy watching anime, therefore she does not have time to sleep. Go to sleep, Robin!
Mitchell “Tantalizing Scoot” Epp turned 14 years old in August. He was born in B.C., but moved to Edmonton when he was two years old, and has lived there ever since. He has been home-schooled his entire life except for grade eight, when he went to Ottewell. (He spent most of the time being bored out of his mind.) His favourite way to be creative is writing short stories, and playing classical and fiddle music in his spare time. He likes to write, play chess and computer programs, practice the violin and read any book he can get his hands on.
Kaelyn “Magnificent Googla” Winters is 13 years old and was born in Edmonton on June 28. She goes to Avalon Junior High School and likes to draw, sing and write stupid poems that are probably really good—she’s just too hard on herself. Some things that Kaelyn is puzzled about are: Why is the world round? What’s up with fish? Why do people like asparagus? Is the plural of rhinoceros rhinoceroscerouseces? Her favourite way to be creative is drawing realism. Kaelyn has lived in 15 houses and moved from Edmonton to Fredericton to Cold Lake to Calgary back to Edmonton. Whoa, that’s a lot of places! Her favourite food is Smiley Fries and she hasn’t had any in a long time so she’s sad. Also her favourite colour is blue. Kaelyn is weird, really weird. She says she doesn’t have friends but she talks about them? Maybe she’s crazy.
Alex “Intrigued Larson” Epp is almost 15 years old. He was born in Duncan, B.C. He has been homeschooled for most of his life, except for grade eight which he spent bored beyond all reason at Ottewell Junior High. Aside from wondering about a few things regarding the workings of Ottewel H.C., he’s puzzled by why there is so much biology in school and so little of the more interesting stuff. He enjoys writing short stories and playing classical and fiddle music on the violin. He also likes playing (and making) computer games, dungeons and dragons, listening to music, writing short stories, hockey and probably some other stuff that he has temporarily forgotten.
Miles “The Interesting Wallaby” Clements just turned 12, taking one step closer to being an adult, and an engineer—what he wants to be when he grows up. Miles was born in Barnaby, B.C. He is currently living in Edmonton and is a fugitive therefore he doesn’t attend school. After the eye of the law stops searching for him, he plans to move to Vancouver. His favourite animal is a rhinoceros and his favourite colour is, without a doubt, green. He likes the computer and is talented at “being quiet.” Miles is constantly thinking. Some common things Miles thinks about are: rhinoceroses, this very camp, and this question he was just asked about what he thinks about. Miles is good at drawing and he and his black fedora are always together. He is taller than his friends, but not taller than a rhinoceros.
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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.
Darynka “Thoughtful Bob” Chernyavska was born on June 26, 2001. She is going to attend McKernen Junior High School in September. In her family there are four people and she owns a cat named Cinnamon. Darynka likes the colour “pinkish-reddish.” She likes to draw, play with her cat and read fiction stories. Darynka wonders about what is going to happen in the future. When she grows up Darynka wants to study culture and live in Mexico or California. Her favourite number is three and she really dislikes the number eight. Darynka enjoys drinking cream soda. She likes to eat green salad. Darynka doesn’t have a favourite animal but she really enjoys horseback riding.
Evan “Pensive Stone” Saunders was one fascinating member of the zine team. Evan just turned 12 and will be starting school at Crestwood in the fall—a prospect he feels both excited and scared about. When asked what puzzles him about the world, Evan says “violence, because people complain about it.” When not thinking such thoughts about the paradoxes of his world, Evan makes time for creative work through writing, sketching and coding. He likes writing because of the ability to make sequences of events over time, sketching because he finds it liberating to leave things rough and imperfect, and coding because it provides a sense of self-reliance in the face of a software landscape that often encourages a kind of learned helplessness. Evan also finds writing, sketching and coding projects hard to finish at times, but this challenge seems to be one he’s interested in confronting.
Isabella “Spontaneous Icla” Haley is a 12-year old student that will be attending Ottwell Junior School this fall. Isabella is constantly puzzling over the reason why whenever she hears the word hospital, she thinks of pineapples. Isabella’s friends believe that she eats too much, due to the fact that she ate four jumbo freezies last night. Her favourite way to express herself is through improvisation. During improv she makes weird faces. Isabella’s hair used to be a natural blonde but coincidentally it turned a natural brown around grade two after the use of chemicals. Isabella adores the colour blue because it is pretty. Her favourite beverage is a chai tea latte. Isabella adores her pet dog, Crackers. When Isabella grows up, she wants to travel to Australia and stay with her family there.
Aislinn “Imaginative Coco” Armstrong was born on May 31, 2000. She attends Patricia Heights school. She enjoys drawing, doing funny impersonations and running track. She wonders about what makes people creative, and thinks creativity can be bad because some people can be very irresponsible in their work, and become a bad influence. Her friends think she’s hilarious and a master cupcake decorator.
Can anyone make art? Who decides what makes something art? Can you make art unintentionally? The zinesters behind the “Quiet Mental Revolutions” issue tackled these questions through a series of atypical art projects, both introspective and collaborative, during an intense week with local artists at Eurekamp on the University of Alberta campus in July 2013. From collective drawing exercises in the park to stealthy recordings of urban sounds, their zine projects attest to the inner deliberations that help a creative voice take shape, and to the strange adventures that happen along the way.
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