Having a vulva, regardless of one's identity, inevitably comes with baggage. Loose Lips, acknowledges experiences that are beyond cis and heteronormative values that unravel the true realities of having a vulva.  We want to understand why many may feel uncomfortable having conversations or sharing stories about gynecological anatomy and pleasure. Our goal is to challenge feeling comfortable talking about the uncomfortable.
Loose Lips
Publication – 2020
Team
Maya Flood
Mary Wojnar
"Intimacy doesn't need to be sexual, it doesn't need to be intercourse. It can be riding your bike with someone you love, it can be anything that makes you happy."
"Intimacy doesn't need to be sexual, it doesn't need to be intercourse. It can be riding your bike with someone you love, it can be anything that makes you happy."
"Intimacy doesn't need to be sexual, it doesn't need to be intercourse. It can be riding your bike with someone you love, it can be anything that makes you happy."
"Sex and pleasure are like ordering at Baskin and Robbins. If I don't say anything, how is the poor kid on the other side going to figure out what I want? It's not fair to expect that kid to read my mind. If I don't say anything I'm going to walk out with nasty butter brittle ice cream or something else I don't want. So if I'm after mocha almond fudge I better figure out how to communicate that."
"10 things they don't teach you" a note to her younger brother.
This thin custom mirror is attached in the back of every zine.
Book Structure
A bed sheet is the visual motif for our cover because we expect the zine to be read in a safe and comfortable space. Our staple-bound structure reveals what’s between the legs, with a climactic center spread. Page furniture is pushed towards the center gutter to emulate the center spread throughout the zine. In the back, a mirror is included, alongside steps that outline an approach to acknowledging your genitalia.

My Role
Research, surveys, interviews, writing edits, logo refinement, pacing of zine, file set up for Risograph printing, product photography, photo editing, mirror concept and production, layout for written and visual submissions.

Trans Women of Color Collective60 copies purchased. 100% of the net proceeds were donated to Trans Women of Color Collective. 
63 pages, photographs taken by Maggie Horton
Memory As Story
Publication – 2019
When I hear a friend recalling a memory we share, I zone out for a few seconds. I see our body language, where we walked and how it felt to be there in that moment. Then, I tune back into the conversation and chime in with “oh yeah and then this happened!” I reflect on how that time made me feel emotionally and physically, then I recreate that memory by speaking the story out loud.

Book Structure
The reader will experience illustrations in groups of three prior to the stories, so they may imagine how it felt to be in that moment. My hope is that the reader is able to connect to these stories and reflect.

Cover
Memories are often associated with emotional experiences and color. As time goes on, context and feeling of that moment can become muddled. The velum jacket effectively demonstrates this phenomenon.
Before putting words to paper, the book begins with velum drawings of the stories to come.
The Power of Moments
Why do certain experiences have extraordinary impact? In this excerpt, we explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us.  How do we learn to create extraordinary moments in our everyday? Excerpt from the power of moments by Chip and Dan Heath.
I am known in my family to remember absurd details from when we were younger. I have always wondered why I recall what I do. Am I certain what I remember is true? In this book you will explore the memories of many. Take a close look on how they tell their story.
Before personal stories begin, a full bleed scientific fact is  introduced. Once the reader begins, they will find more facts on the bottom of the left page.
Before a story begins the reader sees the velum drawings again but in a different formation. This represents recalling a memory overtime.
Reading or hearing someone else recall a memory often brings up memories of your own. To emulate this, I have inserted my own personal reflections after each story.
115 pages, photographs taken by Maggie Horton