Join Lilith Cooper of the Edinburgh Zine Library for a digital workshop looking at how zines can be used to explore our experiences, share information and raise awareness.
In this workshop we will be trying out different ways of making one page zines, and experimenting with the different things zines can be filled with, before working together on a collaborative zine for Dyspraxia Awareness Week. There’s no prior experience necessary, and you don’t need to be a brilliant artist!
You’ll need a couple of pieces of paper, some kind of writing tool like a pen or pencil, and scissors. If you have glue and any old magazines to hand you can use these too, but they aren’t needed to participate.
We will be sending out some info and templates to participants in advance of the workshop, however if there’s anything specifically that would make it easier for you to participate (such as the seeing the slideshow or workshop structure in advance) just get in touch!
What’s a zine?
A zine is a self-published, Do-It-Yourself or DIY, magazine, booklet or pamphlet. They can be made to share your love of a particular band or TV show (fanzines), to talk about your personal experiences (perzines) or as a way to share your art work or comics. They don’t have to be perfect or polished. They are often swapped or traded, but you can also buy them at zine fairs, through distros or find them at a zine library. Zines are often used by people who don’t see themselves represented in mainstream media to take back the power and share their knowledge and experiences.
To take a look at some virtual zines, check out https://www.sherwoodforestzinelibrary.org/ or head to @edinburghzinelibrary on Instagram or Twitter.