Hello! I am Kirsty Fife – a DIY cultural organiser, creative practitioner, academic and archivist based in Leeds, Yorkshire.
I have a background in DIY cultural production and organising. My projects include Make It Work, Move Under Yr Own Power and Hard Femme zines – publications which cover intersections between fat, gender, class, sexuality and DIY cultures. Until 2016 I also ran Fatty Unbound – a skinflint fat fashion blog – which has been featured on platforms including the BBC, The Times and Bitch magazine. I have organised several zine fests (Weirdo Zine Fest delivered with DIY Space for London and the National Trust) and spoken at panels about zines, organising, fat activism, femme identity and class politics.
I am also a qualified archivist with experience of working with cultural, media-based and community-led heritage collections. My ten years in the archive sector to date include roles working for audio-visual archives, museums, and organisational archive services. I am currently undertaking PhD study in the Department of Information Studies at University College London. My PhD research explores methods for documenting and archiving current UK-based DIY music subcultures, particularly drawing on practices of record keeping in punk and autonomous spaces across the UK.
I plan to use this blog as an informal way to share things I’m involved in at the minute (research, activism, organising, creative projects) and to critically reflect on my practice and research. I hope it will be a useful record of things I’ve done (and less chaotic than recording this information over many other social media platforms!).