Take Care is on hiatus for the foreseeable future.

 

Thank you to everyone who has:

stocked zines with us

ordered from us

hung around with us at zine fairs

given us encouragement

complimented our excellent taste

written songs in our honour

and been our friends.

 

Take Care was started in 2010 by Tim and Emma, but for the past 5 years or so I (Emma) have been running things mostly solo.

 

To paraphrase Orlando, 2021 is the year that finally took me and broke me. Too many projects, too much plague, too many major life changes, and years of carefully avoided emotional problems caught up with me and knocked me flat on my arse; or rather, they completely untethered me, and I've spent the last 6 months or so flying like a kite on anxiety with just a little spool of thread connecting me to the solid earth. For anyone (everyone, I guess) who has found this year (or the past 2, 3, 4, 5 years) a little or a lot stressful: I see you. You're not alone. It's as fucking hard as you think it is. You are not crazy. I hope you're finding a way through.

 

I still love zines, which I believe to be at the apex of the art of printmaking (thank you Anwen for helping me work out how to write that). I am still a zine maker and a printmaker. If you're interested, you can follow my adventures in both via my website, my blog, or on the dreaded fucking Instagram, which I'm as regrettably addicted to as maybe you are. Lets all go back to 1996 and start again.

 

Please visit my dear friends at Small Zine Volcano and Sticky for the free zines you've enjoyed getting from Take Care. Sticky also stocks Guest Informant, Plastic Knife and many of the other zines Take Care has stocked over the years.

 

Katie Hare, who makes Friday Night in West Ealing, is a fantastic artist and musician whom you should follow.

 

Giz Medium, who does Cheaptoys and other zines and lives the punk traveller  life I also live in an alternative reality can be found on Tumblr.

 

Anwen has a new website and you can subscribe to her newsletter or write to her at PO Box 4, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia.

 

Vanessa Berry's zines can be ordered from her Etsy or keep up with her via her website.

 

The Refugee Art Project have secured a permanent home at Thirning Villa in Ashfield!

 

Dexter Fletcher's website is very out of date, but here it is.

 

This isn't a definitive list of zinesters who've stocked with Take Care, just who we've stocked recently and consistently over the past few years. Once again, thank you to everyone who has ever stocked with us – it has been an honour and privilege to be able to have so many ambitious, radical and life-changing zines in our care.

 

I will be paying outstanding Take Care invoices and returning stock over the coming months. This is a bit of a slow process – if I owe you money or you want your zines back ASAP, please contact me at takecarezines@gmail.com.

 

Thank you to everyone who has ordered over the past few months while Sydney was in lockdown, and for your patience in waiting till I could get to the zines and post.

 

I hope that sometime in the future I'll be able to start a new zine distro project, but I can't put a date on it. So for now, this is it.

 

Finally, I (and Tim) can always be reached at PO Box 4, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia. Please send zines, mixtapes (or links to playlists), letters, recipes, book recommendations, postcards from your next holiday or trip to the shops, comforting words, deepest secrets, ideas for songs and projects etc. ...

 

Take care,

 

x Emma

 

 

Take Care