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Valentine Zine Making for Your Grrrl Friends

  • Colony Club 3118 Georgia Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20010 United States (map)
“Whatever riot grrrl became – a political movement, an avant-garde, or an ethos – it began as a zine.” – Johanna Fateman in The Riot Grrrl Collection

In an era of disappearing print publications, amazon orders, and anxiety, we are going back to the basics of paper and ink with a zine-making workshop at Colony Club. Guest instructor Lily Strelich, an editor of 730DC and freelance writer/illustrator, is joining the Distill Creative Crew (Sally and Valerie) to teach you how to make your own zine while drinking a Tea Riot cocktail.

Zines, DIY indie publications, have been around since 1930 and were popularized in the 70s when copy shops and copy machines were adopted as a staple of modern office culture. Rooted in the punk movement, zines were a quick and cheap way to get messages— especially counter-culture ideas—disseminated to the masses. DC has a unique place in zine history, being one of the first places that riot grrrl zines were distributed, helping to popularize punk feminism in the 90s.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make a zine. You’re encouraged to make a zine as a special valentines for your grrrl friends, but you do you!


Thursday, February 8th, 2018
7pm - 9pm


Colony Club
3118 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010


Lily Strelich is a freelance science writer and editor with a background in geology. She’s also an editor with 730DC, a daily email newsletter covering DC news and events to connect people to their city and each other. As an illustrator, she works mainly in pen and ink and watercolors...and oh yes, she loves making zines!


Zine making supplies and instruction
Tea Riot cocktail
Creativity journal
Project guide + cocktail recipe
cocktails+craft pin

Earlier Event: January 26
Relaunch Party!
Later Event: March 28
Book Club Meet Up *NYC*