Tasha Nicholls’s zines can be found at the Colour Box Studio Pop Up Book Shop until 31 August. We recently asked Tasha about her creative practice and what inspires her…
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
My name is Tasha. I make things. I play bass. I write. I’m messy. I’m also a workshop facilitator for A Zine Thing.
Describe your creative practice:
When it comes to zines and my own work I am a cut and paste DIY zinester. I write what I know, as honestly as I can and are willing to share, and try to create interested layouts and incorporate more traditional artwork methods into this medium that I’ve fallen in love with.
How did you come to it?
A Zine Thing started because there was no real local scene for zinesters in my area, so we created one of our own. I have since enjoyed meeting up with like minded zinesters, collaborating on projects and have enjoyed facilitating youth zine workshops at my local library and more recently working in other areas too.
Tell us about your past projects. What has been your most treasured creation?
I’ve completed many personal art projects over the years but certainly the most exhaustive zine project I have recently taken on would have to be a collaborative community zine project called ‘This Is Frankston’ – I can’t wait to launch it!
Where did you grow up and has it influenced what you create?
I was born in Frankston and spent most of my life growing up on the Mornington Peninsula.
The landscape and demographic of these suburbs are very contradicting things and in this way I would say it has been very telling of the way I approach my work, and perhaps why my artwork can appear to be disconnected from other work.
I feel like this still when I visit certain places, the emotions are conflicting; beautiful and painful.
My environment definitely influences my artwork.
What is your current project?
My biggest, current and ongoing project is my home. Not in a traditional sense. Quite therapeutically I have been going room by room and creating spaces and expressing myself on the walls/floors to make our house feel more like a welcoming creative space, so it becomes less of a house and more of a home. So far we have a spray painted mural, a cut and paste wall and painted outlines of bodies (of our friends) on the floor in our living room. Not certain which room will be next.
Who or what is your inspiration?
It’s different for every project I take on but there will always be parts of my artistic merit that have to be credited to my mother. She is inherently artistic and has always encouraged and nurtured my creative desires even when it was inexplicably consuming.
Where do you feel most creative?
In my home, or on my way home from a long trip. Unfortunately for me, writing comes to me easily while driving and I’m in no position to jot any of it down, this is truly frustrating! By the time I reach my typewriter I’ve often lost the key elements to my train of thought. At home, in the garden and around the house I am always seeing a new corner to move into and adapt a different way.
What can visitors to expect to see from you in the Colour Box Studio Pop Up Shop?
Small pieces of driven emotionally artwork and lots of zines.