You And I Were Made By The Same Beautiful Earth

A digital zine concerned with the climate crisis and the oppression of marginalised communities, specifically BIPOC. This zine is in line with my book making practice where I use the zine or book medium past what it is, specicially to form creative interactivity and an experience of “space” in a 2D medium. 

You And I Were Made By The Same Beautiful Earth includes an essay addressing the climate crisis with a philosophical eco-feminist framework. This essay looks at the oppression of women and the abuse of nature as culturally causing the demise of each other. The essay illuminates aspects of the Comfort women system as it is the first personal instance where I understood my identity, my oppression as a POC and femme. 

The zine is called You And I Were Made By The Same Beautiful Earth because I want to make clear of the community we share with not just our home, the earth, but all its inhabitants. I am urging readers to understand the eco-community we live in so that we share the driving ethos of empathy with every living being. 

This zine is about proactiviely, interactively giving readers the tools to heal themselves. We simply cannot wait for the world to change or to be better, we currently do not live in a society which wants to heal. This zine is insistent, urging us to heal ourselves.

PDF of You And I Were Made By The Same Beautiful Earth is free to download here.  

All design, imagery, writing and concept  by Tiffany Tong.

Assets: Digital zine.

You And I Were Made By The Same Beautiful Earth cover.

A full video walkthrough of You And I Were Made By The Same Beautiful Earth. The last section, a curated video experience of my experience with nature. The goal of this section of the zine is to reaffirm that we all feel deep satisfaction or some warm feeling to nature, that it is undeniable, and therefore we should be compelled to think of our earth, and all of us as a beautiful community.

Ecofeminism and the Comfort women system philsophical essay. 

Sample of user interaction section, Give-Yourself-Healing. A section with critical questions for the reader to prompt themselves to stimulate discourse, to give themselves the tools to think critically to give themselves answers to heal and process. 

The Breathing Room spreads. Gradients as a visual way to create “space” in the zine for meditation or healing while at the same time creating a metaphorical place to breathe from the traumatic, heavy academic content of the essay. Essentially, space to process.

Personal writing spreads interspersed throughout the zine. Having an essay, user interaction and my own personal writing creates a contained community of perspectives, moving past the academic into the passionate individual.  

A selection of video spreads.

© Tiffany Tong