Teacher Spotlight: Aggie Toppins

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better. 

So, here are four questions to help get to know our Make Your Own Zine class instructor Aggie Toppins. 

How did you get started in the world of zines?

I made my first zines in graduate school when I was working towards my MFA. But, it was after I moved to Chattanooga two years ago that I began making a lot of zines. When I first moved here, I didn't have much of a network but I wanted to be active in the studio. I started making zines to experiment with ideas and form. They were intended to be an exercise. Eventually, I found that I enjoyed making the zines so much that they became an integral part of my studio practice.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

Chattanooga is a beautiful city. It's a civic-minded community with a strong maker culture. 

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

I'd like to learn how to cook authentic Indian food.

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

I'm obsessed with Abraham Lincoln. I've read four or five biographies and have visited many historically significant sites pertaining to his life. It's kind of dorky, but I'm ok with that.