This zine-making series is intended to act as an approachable hands-on workshop and a meditation on zines that touches upon important historical and theoretical aspects of zine-making and zine-culture, with an emphasis on the conceptual and critical language of zines; culminating in practical exercises, taking steps in creating your own zines and introducing various simple structures to create them. This series is aimed at both teenagers and adults with an interest in art, photography and a desire to learn the basics in beginning to create their own self-published works.
Participants are encouraged to think about the zine as intriguing vessels of communication for reinterpreting and remixing image-making – with which we may garner both organized information as well as experimental forms of expression. We will explore utilizing the zine space creatively with not only content, but to contemplate the form and function of the zine, questioning and promoting the physical structure of the zine as object, considering the sculptural form and three-dimensional qualities one can create, and additionally understanding the inherent versatility of paper itself.
To make a zine is to create a very personal and tactile experience, with its physicality encouraging proximity to the work – we will consider things such as visual flow, think about how images can complement or detract from one another, experiment in layout and sequencing content in varying size, number, and spatial layouts – bringing a sense of movement to pages, whilst developing a narrative and having a clear outcome for the work and how you wish to tell your story.
Using simple tools such as a bone folder, scissors, a blade, needle and thread, a stapler – at the end of each session the group will be shown how to fold, collate and bind with various rudimentary techniques to mock-up zine maquettes to then be reproduced with original or sourced content of the participant’s desire.
Class Dates and Online Access:
This class will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30PM – 8:30PM; 01/12/2021 – 01/28/2020
All materials can be purchased from your local craft store or through online retailers. A list of materials can be found here.
Bio: Andreas Laszlo Konrath (b.1981, London, UK) is a photographer, zine-maker, publisher and artist educator. His photographic work has been published by New York Magazine, The New Yorker, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Rolling Stone, W Magazine, WSJ Magazine, and others. Since 2008 he has utilized the vehicle of the zine and book to create many of his own projects, as well as editing and publishing zines and books for other artists as well. Andreas is currently the artist educator at the museum Dia:Beacon for the Dia Teens program.