my first ever zine

25 Mar

As you may know, I suffered from tendinitis for a good 2 months of the beginning of 2011 and was unable to use my hand at all. Creatively it was very stifling, and then it hit me: I was still able to use a computer and had become fairly competent with the mouse, why not make some digital art!? My mail art production finally began again as I made things for friends on-screen. The results were so fantastic that I was inspired to take finally take the plunge into the world of zines. With friends from my BFA days who create zines regularly,  I’ve always admired zines’ charm and delivery of information and images. I had interest in making one, but just never knew where to start; tendinitis gave me the shove I needed. The zine is titled mountains made of fur, and is based loosely on the idea that ‘mountains are more than just rocks and trees; they are a part of the beings who roam their surface.’ My practice explores human/animal/environment relationships and I also have a fascination with the texture of fur. It is just a little photocopied zine, but is still filled with enough awesomeness to make me beam with pride (like a set of stickers for example). It’s printed in a limited edition of 50, and I have already traded over a third of them. I plan to send a zine to each of my mail art friends in their next replies, but if we aren’t mail art pen pals AND you are interested in owning one of my zines, I would be more than happy to trade. I will send a zine to the first 10 people who leave a comment on this post, in exchange for a postcard, drawing, photo or any other small trinket that they feel is worthy of an exchange. Can’t wait to distro them all into the big, bad world. Alright…. who wants one?

14 Responses to “my first ever zine”

  1. Allison 25/03/2011 at 09:16 #

    oh yes please! I will send goodies. :D

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 25/03/2011 at 09:21 #

    You had me and ‘fur’. Did you do it all in Photoshop or did you use another program to create the signatures for your pages? Curious as I have InDesign and that would have been my default program to use, but wonder if it’s not too difficult to use just one program. Looking forward to many more zines from you!

  3. rhya 25/03/2011 at 09:21 #

    Love! so great!

  4. ezerd 25/03/2011 at 09:40 #

    yay! happy handS! awesomesauce.

  5. Michelle 25/03/2011 at 09:41 #

    I love the idea behind this. I expect there’s at least one bear in there?
    Very excited about mail art and hope I make the cut with receiving one of these!

  6. Mellybee 25/03/2011 at 09:47 #

    count me in here too- have just tweeted you- thought i’ll make a comment here as well! x

  7. Louise Kiner 25/03/2011 at 10:28 #

    I would be so pleased to receive your ‘zine. In fact, I will send you the Canadian Space ATC’s you inspired me to make I when my tendinitis was acting up.

  8. Helen Macdonald 25/03/2011 at 10:41 #

    Oh I’d love to trade with you! Your zine looks very lovely, no wonder you’re beaming! : )

  9. Hollie 25/03/2011 at 13:59 #

    Ahhh I like the look if this! What a lovely idea too. Nice work on making a zine, I have attempted it and its fun but tough.
    I’ll be up for a trade if you still have some available?

    Exciting!
    Hollie

  10. louise wright 25/03/2011 at 14:37 #

    Am I person number 10, lets get ready to rumble! :) I’d love to do a swap with you!

    xx

  11. Dianne 08/04/2011 at 07:27 #

    WHAT i am well gutted I am number 11 :(((((((((((( many chins of sadness x

  12. Marcus Jackson 29/04/2011 at 10:47 #

    I want one too! I would also LOVE to see the other one (hint hint) Mountains made of fur since sadly there are no mountains in Yellowknife :(

  13. Cathy 11/10/2014 at 22:23 #

    Very descriptive blog, I enjoyed that bit. Will there be a part 2?

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