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June 4, 2010

Zines / A Labour of Love

There's something quite special about zines, don’t you think?! These little booklets are usually hand made, low tech and mostly produced in small runs by the artists themselves. As a zinester myself, I really appreciate the close insight a zine can give in terms of an artist's perspective and ways of thinking/working. I view them mostly as a labour of love.

Last Saturday I had a fabulous time at the London Zine Symposium, (see my brief review and lots of pictures here) and whilst there I managed to snap up a few great zines for my ever growing collection. Yes, they're an addictive thing to collect as they come in all sizes, styles, subjects, mediums, formats, monochrome, colour, etc.

So I thought I'd share some images of my zine library and compile for you DA readers exclusively a little list of my current top 7 favorites – why seven? Well, because it's my favorite number!

Le Dot by Anthony Zinonos is a definite must have. I got my copy at the symposium when I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Zinonos in person. I love the simplicity yet powerful juxtapositions Anthony uses in his collages. He has other zines on offer so be sure to thoroughly browse his website to find them! Lazy Soosan Alphabet series // boy, those girls rock! I bought a copy of letter E at the symposium whilst chatting to Lucy Davidson (one half of Lazy Soosan). They’ve got to letter G so far. Had a really hard time picking one, they’re all so great! Ten Fingers is a collaborative zine set up by Helen of and memolikesyou. A limited edition of 100 screenprinted and hand bound issues featuring 7 ace artists. Each page is perforated and has the option of being a postcard, mini print or kept together as a zine. I ordered my copy today actually. Can’t wait to get my tiny paws on that beauty. Red Neck by David Galletly is definitely on my wish list. In an A5 format, this 28 page zine looks like a real treat as it's originally printed in b&w with hand-coloured elements. How cool is that?! Several Foxes Unfolded is the latest zine by my favorite artist duo Gracia & Louise. I have two of their zines and they are a delight both in terms of their imaginative imagery and the paper stock, folding and binding techniques they use. Jon Mac Nair // Slacking on the Job - a collection of hand drawn evidence - now, this is another ace one, isn’t it?! Imagine giving one to your boss… I love Jon’s sense of humour and this zine looks like it sums it up nicely. Last but not least, ‘Between here and Here’ by Brendan Monroe. I found this one by chance whilst browsing some Etsy shops and it really looks good with its delicate line drawings and dreamy subject. Definitely going on my wish list. Have fun browsing through all the goodness and I shall be back soon with more inspiring wonders!


okat Posted Jun 4, 2010
I've been a fan of the Alphabet Series by Lazy Soosan for a long time, but I'm new to all the rest you mentioned. Thanks for sharing... I love the world of zines!

Sretan Bor
Sretan Bor Posted Jun 5, 2010
zines looks great.... i make books myself but didn`t made any zine yet...... i will have to change that hehe

gracia Posted Jun 5, 2010
Happy to see our red fox in such handsome company. Thanks, Thereza, for the mention. I treasure the zine I have of yours.

Paz López
Paz López Posted Jun 7, 2010
mmm! I'd love to collaborate in one zine... I'll have to investigate

Jim Bradshaw
Jim Bradshaw Posted Jun 7, 2010
Great post Thereza. I love zines and look forward to having time to check out the ones you mentioned.

Jen Posted Jun 13, 2010
i spy one of mine!
i've got a few of your favourites. this post makes me want to go through my little library. someday i'd like to have a bookcase just to house zines.

iHanna Posted Jun 13, 2010
Beautiful photos and great inspirational links to artsy zines. I have made one myself recently but it's not an art zine but articles about art journaling - mostly text about my process. But making zines is so fun, I agree!

Thereza Rowe
Thereza Rowe Posted Jun 17, 2010
thanks guys! so glad you enjoyed my little selection :)

Jen: yes, yours is also both in my library and list of faves ever, hope you're going to print more of them.


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