Toña Zubia
  How and where do you find inspiration throughout your day, and what has that inspiration compelled you to do in your life?    I would say my main sources of inspiration are people watching, eavesdropping and also interacting with those around me.  People are endlessly frustrating and strange.  I like that.  It’s what I want to show with my artwork.   
  What challenges have you met in chasing that inspiration?    I’ve had a hard time accepting that there is not one thing that I am completely passionate about.  I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those people who can totally devote themselves to something. 
  Do you have a specific space that helps you feel inspired? What does it look and feel like?   I wouldn’t say that I have one specific space that helps me feel inspired.  I do really enjoy sitting in my kitchen on my yellow stool.  The apartment I share with my boyfriend is super tiny so I kind of take over the kitchen area when we’re both home.  Other than that, I find industrial areas very inspiring.  They feel like home to me. If I need to go somewhere inspiring, I imagine just myself in the west Texas desert.  I have a major thing for Texas. 
  Who do you have a girl crush?    The two of you [Jen and Genevieve], for sure!  And I’m really not just saying that to be nice.  I think what the two of you are doing here is fantastic.  You both are so positive and I’m so glad you’re putting this out in the world.  I think it’s been needed.  I also have a long running crush on Claire l. Evans.  She is one part of the duo that is YACHT, a science writer and so much more.  If I met her, I probably wouldn’t be able to speak.    If you could ask your girl crush anything, what would you ask her?          Who/what is your “spirit animal”?   Tina Turner.  My dear friend told me that she is my spirit animal and it’s stuck.  No particular reason other than it just seems to fit.    
  What’s a fantastic piece of advice you have been given in your life, and who gave it to you?   I used to get so pissed off when my mother would say “I know you’re having a difficult time dealing with so & so… (this could have been a boss, boyfriend, etc.)  but you have to remember that these people are our greatest teachers.”  She’s right though; I would not be who I am today without those people who make me want to punch them in the face.    What are you listening to on your ipod/car stereo/transistor radio right now?   Valet, Rose Windows, This Blinding Light, The Dandy Warhols (always) and whatever song is stuck in my head.  Also, I’m a serial song repeater. 
  Who is the person in your life that helps fuel love and creativity, and how does he or she do so?   My mother.  She is my constant when it comes to reminding me to find what I really enjoy doing & do it.  She’s always been supportive of my creative endeavors even when she may not understand or agree with them. Amazing!    What do you love most about being a woman?    I love the clothes!  That’s my favorite part.  I tried to think of something better but the clothes really are my favorite part. 
  Do you consider yourself a feminist, and how do you define what that means?    I actually call myself the worst feminist ever.  I am going to make a generalization here but the following is an attitude that I so often see and can’t get behind. It’s like the whole “look at me, don’t look at me” thing.  You know, “look at me because I want you to see a sexy, strong, confident woman but don’t you dare look at me because the moment you do, I’m going to think you’re objectifying me”.   I know this is not every feminist.  Calling myself “the worst feminist ever” is also my way of avoiding being put in a box. 
  Tell me something pretty .  Start where you are now. Do what you need to do for this moment only. 
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