Zahra Swanzy
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Zahra Swanzy

Independent Publisher, Speaker, Creative CollaboratorLondon, United Kingdom
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Zahra Swanzy

Independent Publisher, Speaker, Creative CollaboratorLondon, United Kingdom
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
Projects
  • Mama & Baby Campaign
    Mama & Baby CampaignI took part in a shoot when my daughter was just 4months. It was an online photo and video campaign for George @ Asda exploring new parenthood post corona.
  • GLITHENING
    GLITHENINGI recently launched an organic and essential oil skincare company. I designed the jar, formulated the ingredients, created the website and basically am a one man band
  • How Zine Libraries Are Highlighting Marginalized Voices
    How Zine Libraries Are Highlighting Marginalized VoicesBuzzFeed feature on Zines including excerpt from myself on ROADFEMME's inspo
  • SAVE The Feminist Library
    SAVE The Feminist LibraryThe feminist library has been integral to my process with ROADFEMME. With the largest collection of Women's Liberation Movement literature in th UK. They have been supporting research, activist and community projects since 1975. Solely ran by Volunteers, they provide an inspiring space for learning and a social space for hundreds, if not thousands of people. Read about the rally here. https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/mgmzdn/women-are-taking-to-the-streets-to-save-londons-beloved-feminist
  • Zine making for Black Girl Fest
    Zine making for Black Girl FestWas honoured to be invited to hold a zine making workshop with young black girls for the first BGF!
  • gal-dem at V&A MUSEUM
    gal-dem at V&A MUSEUMSwanzy took over the Raphael room in the Victoria and Albert Museum for the lovely gals at gal-dem. The night saw me chair three panels exploring what it is to be a woman of colour in the below industries/spaces: Creative Arts with Mei-Li (Jewellery Designer), Ayishat Akanbi (Stylist), Eloise King (Exec Producer i-D & Women on Docs), Simran Randhawa (Model and Spoken Word Poet). Music with Danai Mavunga (Afrobeats DJ at 1Xtra & Music Manager), Emerald Rose Lewis (Radio Host at Rinse FM & Model
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Projects credited in
  • The Guardian Feature
    The Guardian FeatureProvided an image for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/oct/21/black-romantics-barka-rianna-parker-swanzy-roadfemme-belinda-zhawi-shola-amoo-interview
Work history
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    Founder & Creative DesignKhanga Kimono
    Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaFreelance
    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.
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    Founder & Editor in ChiefROADFEMME
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    ROADFEMME is an intersectional feminist newspaper zine. Made up of creative content platforming womxn all over the world. Printed annually.
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Skills
  • Zine Creation
  • Zines
  • Media Production
  • Curation
  • Motivation
  • Pubic Speaking
  • Fashion Design/patternmaking/construction
  • Youth Culture
  • Feminism
  • Activism
Education
    London College of Fashion, UAL logo
    London College of Fashion, UAL logo
    Pattern Drafting and Garment ProductionLondon College of Fashion, UAL
     - London, United Kingdom
    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    BA(Hons) SociologyGoldsmiths, University of London
     - London, United Kingdom
Awards
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    Social EntrepreneurUnltd
    London Positive is the Youth Organisation I started in 2012. Focusing on young women and creative arts.