Online Free Members’ Workshop: Making Zines

Zines are small, inexpensive publications that can be easily reproduced. They  are typically made by an individual and handed out for a few dollars or for free,  making them more about community and expression than profit. The origin of the  zine (originally referred to as a ”fanzine”) lies in the science fiction and fantasy  counter-culture of the 1930’s. Over the decades, however, subject matter has ranged  from political activism and feminism to topics like poetry, birdwatching, and how to  grow lettuce. Artists, cultural enthusiasts, and creators of all types have adapted the  zine format to share their opinions, hobbies, knowledge, and art. The rule about  zines is that there are no rules! They can focus on any topic and be drawn, printed,  collaged, typed, hand written, etc. They can be completely abstract, relay  information, or tell a story through words, images, or both.  

In this workshop we will explore the history of zines with a particular focus  on those made by contemporary artists and how these small publications fit into  their broader art practice. Then we will dive into making our own. We will learn a  couple of simple books structures and test them out. Come with an eagerness to  explore, have fun, and make a zine! 

 

Materials to have on hand:  

Several sheets of paper, 8/5” x 11” is good, or larger if you like, either copy paper,  colored paper, whatever you want to use 

Ruler 

Scissors or exacto knife and cutting mat 

Glue 

Pencil 

Materials for filling your zine (this can be whatever you want: old magazines, pens,  pencils, paint, photographs, etc.)