The music was on, and the room was filled with enthusiastic chatter.
At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, UNC student organization Earthtones began their zine launch party at the Peel Gallery in Carrboro.
Earthtones is an art collective made up entirely of artists of color who share similar interests in creative expression. The collective's LinkedIn describes Earthtones as a platform where students of color can build connections and express themselves through art.
Since last year, the organization has hosted annual parties to celebrate the launch of their zine, a digital or physical booklet consisting of various forms of art.
According to Lokumo Eteni, a senior at UNC and co-creative director of the organization, the zine this year is based around the theme of "metamorphosis," showcasing changes within the artists through their work.
Eteni shared that the purpose of this event is to promote art and artists of their community.
“It’s all about people coming here, and seeing through their art how they’ve changed and how they’re seen within themselves, how they're expressing their change within themselves through art,” Eteni said.
The theme for the zine was the idea of Julio Boileve, a junior majoring in environmental studies and American Indian and indigenous studies.
Boileve was inspired by his transition experience. He has been socially transitioned for about a year, but has been on hormone replacement therapy for four months.