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Phosphene Girl

Phosphene Girl began as a collective zine, but the second issue dramatically shifted, becoming a solo vehicle for Alexia Clarke. Unflinchingly honest personal writings and photographs are bound up in two deceptively sweet black bows.

What themes has Phosphene Girl covered?

Past and current issues have covered all things feminine and feminist. Eating disorders, heartbreak and falling in love with yourself are some of the topics we've had the honor to discuss in Phosphene Girl so far.

What prompted the change from a group zine to just you writing Issue 2?

I felt like I was kind of a mystery. I felt like to many people, I was just a face with a boyfriend and an alright sense of style. I wanted to prove that there was more to me, even if all there was left was the bad parts. I love hearing what other creators have to contribute in terms of a group zine, but I think it was just time for me to be open about myself and not just hide behind the words of other people. I've been doing this since November 2015.

Tell me about putting the second issue together.

The binding and the different covers was such a random, but perfect, idea. I think the bows add such a feminine touch, and I've never seen anyone else do it before. As for the cover of the second issue, I have five different colors and two different cover photos, so it's fun when different bows are also mixed in. I like when the customer has kind of a choice in the vibe they want the zine to have – even if they're just different shades of pink!

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