Womanzine, a publication self-described as “too sexy + weird,” released their seventh issue last week and guess what? It’s all about camp(ing)! How relevant to all of our interests. It’s filled with essays, reflections, and gifs, as any great online zine should be. Best of all, it includes a submission by Ann Friedman of #editorrealtalk fame. It turns out that Friedman is not only skilled at illustrating the life of an editor via hilarious gifs, but she knows a thing or two about How to Make a Friendship Bracelet.
With A-Camp on the horizon and the Autostraddle Pen Pal project thriving, now seems like as good a time as any to learn how to make a friendship bracelet, and this “how-to” is definitely the best one out there. Think of it not so much a guide for how to braid thread, but rather a manual for how to capture a feeling of being best friends in the summertime. Friedman concludes her manual with important instructions:
6. Revel in this shared artifact of your friendship, a marker of this moment in time, this summer. Catch a glimpse of it on your friend’s wrist. Smile. Think about that time when and that guy who and that trip where. Instagram it, if you’re so inspired. Definitely gaze at it. Hold hands, maybe! Make another.
My claim to fame at summer camp was my ability to make friendship bracelets with an XOXO design. What’s your favorite kind of friendship bracelet? What colors do you think go best together? Did you make any friendship bracelets this summer?