Zines are self-published works on paper that can contain anything and everything: poetry, prose, manifestos, photos, drawings, collages, and so on. Because they are self-published, zines have a reputation of being ‘underground’ or ‘alternative’, but they don’t have to be. Anyone can make a zine. Zines are about ideas, words and images, and the freedom and power that comes with being in complete creative control of them. Make your mark at this workshop. Make a zine and tell your story.
The workshop will start with a brief introduction to zines. You will learn about the history of zines and self-publishing, and look at a few examples of contemporary zines. You will then jump right into planning and publishing your own zine. You will be encouraged to experiment with words and images, commit ideas to paper, and be occupied by the process of creating rather than the product itself. You will be taught to saddlestitch. At the end of the workshop you will have your very own limited-edition zine to keep for yourself or share with family and friends.
Shirley Lu is a writer, illustrator and photographer based in Sydney. She has been making zines since late 2012 and selling them since early 2014. She has also participated in several zine fairs around Australia. She enjoys hiking, biking, and superhero movies.
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