Zahra Swanzy

Independent Publisher, Speaker, Creative Collaborator

London, United Kingdom
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About me

Swanzy works as an independent publisher, motivational speaker and creative collaborator. Through various DIY projects she investigates and explores relational aesthetics, intersectional feminism and storytelling of marginalized voices. As a strong believer of self-expression via creative arts, Swanzy is able to channel that through ROADFEMME- a newspaper zine in which she collates raw and honest creative pieces from womxn all over the world. She also feeds that ethos into LONDON POSITIVE - her Youth organisation and mentoring schemes. All her curatorial and creative endeavors are often in raw-spaces and highlight the connection between power structures, sexuality, identity and community. She lives in London with a large collection of wigs and hair dye. CLIENTS : AFROPUNK Paris & London Brady Arts Centre BBC Africa Black Girl Fest DIY Cultures Feminist Library Gal-Dem Glasgow Zine Fest Marshall’s Headphones Melissa NTS Radio Observer Magazine Off Print OOMK Reprezent Radio Ruby Pseudo Southbank Centre Tower Hamlets Council Women on Docs

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  • Zine Creation
  • Zines
  • Media Production
  • Curation
  • Motivation
  • Pubic Speaking
  • Fashion Design/patternmaking/construction
  • Youth Culture
  • Feminism
  • Activism

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Wunderman Thompson

    Wunderman Thompson

    • Advertising
  • L

    London Positive

    • K

      Khanga Kimono

      • R


        Work history


        Founder & Creative Design

        Khanga Kimono

        Dec 2015
        • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
        • Freelance
        • I started this project while spending 3 months in Tanzania with my Grandma. I felt very inspired by Khanga fabric and wanted to celebrate part of my heritage. To make Khanga Kimono - part of production is made in Tanzania with local production houses in Magomeni, DAR the other half with me in-house LONDON.


        Founder & Editor in Chief


        Mar 2014
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • ROADFEMME is an intersectional feminist newspaper zine. Made up of creative content platforming womxn all over the world. Printed annually.


        Founder & Youth organiser

        London Positive

        Jun 2012
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • I started this project for teenage girls in my local area. I wanted to find a way to empower young women. Through research I piloted creative workshops over 6 months - which proved a success. This project runs seasonally.



        Pattern Drafting and Garment Production

        London College of Fashion, UAL

        Jan 2007 - Jun 2007
        • London, United Kingdom


        Sep 2003 - Jul 2006
        • London, United Kingdom



        Social Entrepreneur


        • London Positive is the Youth Organisation I started in 2012. Focusing on young women and creative arts.