In honor of our STEP UP THE SOAPBOX campaign to support our expansion, we’d like to tell you about some of our members.
Katie Haegele sat down with member Evan McGonagill:
What’s your area of specialty / background in art?
No formal training, but I have conducted informal explorations in book-making, print-making, and photography.
Do you have any favorite zines?
Secret Bully by Cynthia Ann Schemmer. I also love Justin Duerr‘s autobiographic comic book/zine, which is planned as a series but may still have only the first issue out.
What project are you proudest of that you made or worked on at The Soapbox? Do you have a photo you’d like to share?
For a long time I was working on a screen printed image of a bee for a set of stationery and envelopes, which came out of an idea I had about pollination and communication through the mail system. It took dozens of iterations to get the level of visual detail that I wanted, partially because I was an inexperienced screen printer, but that made the success of the completed product all the more rewarding. Mary Tasillo and Anna Lehr Mueser were a tremendous help and coached me throughout the process.