Online Free Members' Workshop: Making Zines

Workshop Date:March 15

When: Monday, 10-noon

Sessions: 1

Price: Free for Current Members Only

Teaching Artist: Antonia DaSilva

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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.)

Antonia DaSilva is a painter and mixed media printmaker. Her work focuses on the  proliferation of everyday objects and the relationship between the man-made and  the natural world. She uses plywood cutouts, paper, painting, and various  printmaking techniques to explore the tensions between the two and three  dimensional and flatness and depth. DaSilva’s work has been exhibited at the  Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Schoolhouse Gallery in  Provincetown ,Off Main Gallery in Wellfleet, and Toe River Arts in North Carolina.  She holds a BA in Studio Art from Smith College. DaSilva lives and works in Orleans,  MA.