You remember I joined Alma's fabulous zine swap last fall? Here are all the treasures I received. There is something about zines... I just love the hand-made, self-published arty expression of these mini-books.
How to recognize and sketch a few native Australian birdies by Anne Nicholson
I love this size, style and design of this zine, especially the images of typed bird descriptions on yellow index cards. It feels like a library. (I love libraries!)
Multicolored Inspirations by Marilyn Butler
Wow, it was colorful and so full of great ideas. I especially loved the page with color translations into different languages.
Sew It Seams by Jeane Walker-Sliney
There is so much color and energy here! This zine is constructed of mostly fabric -- wonderful. I had never thought of using big colorful clips for binding and closures. Very clever.
Zine by Victoria
Victoria shares images and ideas about round-robin books in this zine. I love that explores lots of techniques in her art.
Z is for Zine by Sarah
Can you tell that the cover is made from fused plastic candy packaging?! So fun. I learned so much from this little zine including some great iPhone apps for artists. A CD of studio tunes was included too!
Angels on Fire by Stephanee
This zine is full of interesting prompts and questions for living a creative life. Lots of cool collages mix type, fashion, and funky glitz.
Manual Dexterity Zine by Lelainia Lloyd
I just love the cover of this zine. And can you see the packaging too? It's sealed with a stamp that says "subversive material." Aha! Recipes, ideas, music, Ikea shopping list, new ideas. So subversive.
Art Journals by Kara Klein
I got one of Kara's zines in the 2008 swap also. So very lucky. Her work is so thoughtful and dynamic. It's a great mix of photographs, tutorials, art and goodies!
Aging Artiste by Samantha Blythe
Well, my goodness... she lives in near-by Fort Worth! I hope our paths cross sometime soon. The picture above is from the inside of the zine -- an image of Anne Lamott. I adore Anne Lamott and this zine! Lots of thoughtful, creative soul searching is shared within.
Faerie Acres by Penney Klaproth
So many great ideas for creating mixed-media books! I especially love her technique for melting organza to create texture. How about sewing a page full of straight lines, then scanning and copying the page for journaling?
Here is the zine I created for the swap. It's called "Shape" and explores images, idea and art.
For the 2008 swap, I created a zine called Personal Symbols.
Both are available in my Etsy shop. Or, do you have a stash of zines you created? Let me know, I'd love to swap.
Are you inspired? Go create your own little zine. I'm already thinking about my next edition.