Currently not accepting applications
A residency with Mend My Dress Press is a great way to learn about the publishing process and running a zine distro. It’s also a great way to sequester yourself away and work on your art and/or writing. We have been doing the residency program since September 2014
You should come to your residency with a project in mind (you can change your mind and go off in another direction–that’s ok!) and that you work to finish a zine or comic, or finish a substantial amount of work on your project (if you’re like, working on a novel or a play or something…) We also ask that you spend a minimum of 2 hours per week helping with press and/ or distro duties.
All residents must be 18+. If you are under 18 and would like to volunteer with us, please e-mail us, we would be glad to have your help.
Residencies last between 2-4 weeks and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Residencies are unpaid, and residents are responsible for providing their own travel, food, etc. Though if you have tiny feet, you can probably share Neely’s shoes.
Residencies take place in Tacoma, WA, in Neely’s home, affectionately called The Easter Basket (a messy, femmy punk house) and is shared with a rabbit, a grouchy feline and 3 friendly humans. You will be provided with a guest room, affectionately named Iceland. Bed, linens, a record player, an empty closet and a TV/VCR for late-night movie watching festivities (along with lots and lots of movies) will be provided.
The bedroom is located on the ground floor. There are small sets of stairs leading to the house on either side, If you have concerns about accessibility contact us and we will work something out. The house is not is a sober space. If you have any questions or concerns about alcohol or other drug use please feel free to ask us anything.
Neely likes watching old movies and cutting up magazines. She works a day job in seattle three to four days a week-early mornings start at 6. Days off activities include, working on the distro/press, getting dressed up super fancy to go to the drugstore for nail polish and baking rosemary cakes.
Colleen makes an appearance every two weeks, as she is much too busy doing important things like watching Doctor Who and laying out books. She also likes taking pictures with shitty plastic cameras and playing the ukulele.
Mend My Dress Press does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.
If you are interested in a residency, please answer the below questions and send us a few samples of your work (email or post-mail, please contact us for address). We’ll do our best to get back to you within 2-3 weeks of receiving completed materials.
Requested duration/ dates:
Website (if ya got one):
Please tell us about the project you’d like to work on during your stay:
Why do you think zines are important?
Why do you want to do a residency with Mend My Dress Press?