Hello! I am Kirsty Fife – a DIY cultural activist, organiser and producer and archivist based in Leeds, Yorkshire.
I have a background in DIY cultural activism and organising. I am a founding member of the Yorkshire Rad Fat Collective, a fat positive community collective which organises clothes swaps, swimming trips and other events in Yorkshire. I have organised several zine fests (Weirdo Zine Fest; DIY Space for London Zine Fair) and spoken at panels about zines, organising, fat activism, femme identity and class politics.My creative projects include Make It Work, Move Under Yr Own Power and Hard Femme zines – publications which cover intersections between fat, gender, class, queerness and DIY cultures. Until 2014 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 am a also qualified archivist with experience of working with cultural, community-led and charitable organisations. My career history incorporates roles working in cataloguing, collections care, digitisation and outreach for organisations including Hoxton Hall, Screen Archive South East, and National Science and Media Museum. I am particularly interested in collection development, diversifying archives and the archive workforce, outreach and engagement, and public programming. I often work in partnership with other heritage organisations and can organise grassroots and community engagement events (talks, panels, screenings, zine fairs) for yours too.
This website is a record of things I’ve done. You can also get in touch with me at email@example.com to discuss projects and opportunities.