Friday, November 11, 2016

Designing Zines

As I mentioned last week, a Zine is a self-published magazine with a small circulation. Zines are printed booklets held in your hands. I have Zines about crows, hands, colors, work spaces, risk, fabric, collage, compilations, and poetry.
A small part of my Zine collection with Zines from Alaska, Hawaii, and all around the United States.
Design suggestions include:
  • Make a Zine that opens newspaper-style.
  • Do a faux version of a popular magazine, such as Time or People.
  • Use brown paper bags, binding on one side to pen with pockets.
  • Use cut out words for headlines like a ransom note.
  • Use a photo album, write on index cards and insert.
  • House your Zine inside of colorful file folders.
  • Put your Zine in a bottle; make sure it can be removed for viewing.
  • Write on fabric pieces and make a quilt.
  • Your Zine can be a puzzle with the viewer putting it back together.
  • How about using toilet paper, call it potty mouth and fill it full of expletives.

Here are 20 uses for a scarf, a brain teaser from the book: How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb:
  • Leash for a dog
  • In hair for ponytail
  • Tie children together
  • As a tablecloth
  • Tie on Purse for decoration
  • Gag
  • Blindfold
  • Temporary fix for broken sofa
  • Tourniquet
  • To carry books
  • To cover face
  • Curtain on a window
  • As a skirt
  • As a halter top
  • As a bedspread
  • Sling for a broken arm
  • White surrender flag
  • Seat on the ground
  • Tie on car antenna
  • Christmas tree decoration

A couple of fun books to explore directories and reviews:

Please let me know what Zines you enjoy. And remember the Zine Fest in Houston will be held at The Lawndale Art Center on November 19, 2016.

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