If you just want to read the zines, skip on ahead to the bottom of the post!
We've always done our best to live by Neil Gaiman's famous quote:
"Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.
Make good art.
I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.
Make it on the good days too."
And in 2020, when the pandemic struck, that was what we did.
We made art.
But we couldn't make the same kinds of experience art that we were doing before. Inviting people into our homes, in groups of 6-8.
We had to find new ways to deliver an experience.
We've always wanted to make zines, and because the whole world was trying to jump on the digitization bandwagon, we thought...let's make a digital zine.
(It totally wasn't because we can't draw or write neatly by hand to save our life.)
But what would the zine be about?
PYXIS- The Mariner's Compass Constellation
2020 for us was a year of navigation.
Navigating the pandemic and all the trials and tribulations that came with it.
We love the world 'navigate', it was empowering but also left space for change and possibility.
In navigation, there isn't one correct way, but rather a direction that you are steering towards.
It's about finding the way rather than taking a way.
We liked that.
The idea of navigating the certain world returned to us some sense of control, of empowerment.
And we wanted to share that.
So we decided to name our little zine series, PYXIS. To embody the spirit of navigation during uncertain times. That and we hope that the zines themselves serve as a compass for people, so that they can find their own ways out of whatever turbulences they were in.