Honey Girl is a classic story as old as time: a young lady looks at a "mans" world with skepticism, and chooses to challenge it. She is faced with obstacles but her strong will proves her triumphant.
Using LIFE magazines from 1940 and 1945, I cut out a large sum of words, letters and images that stuck out to me. From there, I found a written narrative within the pile of text (I used most of the ones I cut out), and created an vertical accordion style zine with adjoining imagery.
As a lady myself, I live out a story similar to Honey Girl's regularly. I was interested in exploring themes of sexism, patriarchy and the overall experience of being a woman. I was interested in doing such specifically by repurposing LIFE magazines. 1940 and 1945 were very heavy years for the US, both on a historic and societal level. I wanted to take these graphically racist and patriarchal images and words and use them differently.
Honey Girl was digitally printed, and folds accordion-style into a small, handheld book, held together by a letter-pressed sleeve. Measures around 4.5" x 3"