Zine Workshop

Last night was the Bookmarks artist’s book and zine fair at the ECA, organized by Lucy Roscoe. It went really well and was pretty consistently busy for at least three and a half of the four hours it was on. Got a chance to chat with lots of nice folks, and I hope some of them get involved in the cool comics and zine projects happening in Scotland right now. I had TGC comics, a bunch of TYCI zines, and a few copies of Don’t Make a Scene, a new zine that’s just come out about DIY music production.

Here’s a quick before and after of the zines I had one the table. Everyone sold something, I think at least half the huge pile of TYCI zines I had were picked up, and there was quite a bit of interest in the Unconference coming up in Feb. Not bad going!

before & after

As well as chatting to folks about zines in general, and some of the great self-published stuff coming out of Scotland, I was manning the table displaying the work the illustration masters students created from the workshop I gave over the past ten days. First off, I want to say a huge thank you to Bev Hood, Michael Windle and all the students.

After giving an introduction to zines and zine culture, as it has progressed over the decades, I then got to meet with all the students one-on-one to help them create a zine of their own to show at Bookmarks. On Monday, one week from my original introductory talk, we got back together for a group crit to show everyone each others projects, get feedback, share the snags we ran into along the way and discuss practicalities such as pricing, materials and editioning of work.

I was impressed at the work everyone produced in such a short amount of time. For some, the pieces are continuations of their overall practice, while others used the short turn-around time as an excuse to experiment with different formats and content.

Last night we collected everyone’s zines together to display, while many of the individual zines were for sale on the student’s own tables. This photo doesn’t do the work justice, but gives you some idea of how varied the output was. There’s linocut, screen printing, postcards, hand-sewn books, concertinas, scrolls, photocopied zines, and spinning paper wheels involved.


I had a really wonderful time working with the students and hope they got as much out of the process and I did. And I’m looking forward to doing a slightly different version of this zine workshop with the graphic design students in 2015.

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