Archive: zines

weekly wrap-up: 01/22.


Happy Sunday! Here are some of the lovely things I’ve been admiring this past week:



Let it Be Beautiful – This is the coolest zine project I’ve seen in a while! Elizabeth Barker and Laura Jane Faulds have set out to create 300 zines using a story or essay inspired by each and every song by The Beatles. They only have 6 so far, but they look awesome!



Nothing is New Shop – I don’t know why exactly, but I’m strangely drawn to this hanging wall tapestry by the Nothing is New shop. They design a lot of other cool unique stuff too.



Eloise Renouf - This is a giclee print from a shop owned by a really awesome textile and stationery designer living in Nottingham, England. I love how simple the concept is, the variations of texture through line, and the interesting color palette a lot.



Leather Triangle Mobile – I’ve been really attracted towards decorative mobiles like this one from The Little Tiny, probably ever since I was gifted the one in this post. There’s something really odd and beautiful about them. I’d like to learn how to make my own!



Matthew Kavan Brooks - My favorite artist changes at least once a month it seems. This month it’s this guy and his awesome graphic illustrations. The typography, the quotes, the colors, and the whole collage look = all very big right now. Some of my other favorite artists (of all time) include Kime Buzzelli, Winston Chmielinski, Chrissie Abbott, Alyssa Nassner, & Francoise Neilly. :)


{P.S. I’m now on Pinterest if you’d like to add me and see even more stuff I admire!}


I plan to spend the week ahead tying up some loose ends so I can finally begin to move on to new projects & discoveries! See you in a bit. <3

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the flood #6: behind-the-scenes

Here it is, The Flood #6! If you already read The Flood’s blog, then you probably know all about it by now, but if you don’t, then what are you waiting for? Go check it out! I’m so proud of this issue because I really feel like the zine has come such a long way. Last night, I took out all of the past issues for the first time in quite a while, even the first one (before I had any idea what I was getting into), and it was kind of cool to see the progression from one to the next.

The Flood #6 is brighter, bolder, and contains articles that are geared more towards inspiring and helping creative people start a buzz about their own work. I got up the guts to contact artists that I would have been too afraid to talk to before and the results were well worth it! It has been such a rush to forge connections with people that I consider to be rockstars of the art world… and so rewarding, too.

Each page definitely has its own personality. Each spread tells the story of the artist/designer/photographer it presents through their own unique visual language and point-of-view. The thing I struggled with the most was the lack of space – I wanted to include everything! There were too many gorgeous entries to narrow down that I actually ended up adding 4 extra pages in the end, making it the bulkiest issue so far.

Here’s the workspace where all of the zines are assembled with my own two hands. As a recent college student who still has yet to make my big break, I don’t have a mega budget to produce these issues, so I order them as color copies and then trim off the corners before stapling them with a saddle stapler. I have to admit, I do like how the finished format straddles the divide between handmade zines of the punk era and modern magazines that you would find on the shelf at Barnes & Noble. Typical handmade zines can be crazy, messy, and often hand-written, but that’s exactly what makes them so much more personal than a mainstream magazine. I think The Flood contains the best of both worlds!

All of that being said, you can’t really experience all that The Flood #6 has to offer unless you actually get your own copy! I’d personally recommend ordering a print copy because you can hold it in your hands and, after all, it’s the format that was intended, but the issue is also available as a digital download in The Flood Shop. All profits will go directly back into The Flood so it can continue to inspire creativity and promote artists, designers, and photographers from all over the world. Speaking of which, I’m already accepting submissions for the Spring issue if you’re interested!

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the flood #6 preview!

zine the flood creative inspirationClick above to preview the new and unreleased issue of my zine! It won’t be coming out until next Sunday, January 15th, but I’m so excited and relieved to have it done that I wanted to share a little sneak peek before then. Two months of planning and securing contributors + one month of editing & design = a very tired girl! Unfortunately the work is nowhere near over because once they come back from the printer, and I have squealed out all of my excitement, I will have to trim and bind them and get them set up to mail. Anyway, I get a bit of a breather from now until then. Enjoy the preview and if you like what you see, The Flood #6 will be available for purchase as a print issue in the mail or a digital download via e-mail in The Flood Shop beginning 1/15.

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announcing the flood #6!

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After our first full year of 4 seasonally released print & downloadable issues, we’re just about ready to embark on a 2nd volume with The Flood #6! With the new year comes a whole set of new features that are more closely geared to beginning, emerging, or established artists than ever before, but really anyone who appreciates art and seeks inspiration in its wide variety of forms will love this issue. Here’s what you’ll find:

Sketchbook Project 2012 – Get the lowdown on a revolutionary project put on by the Brooklyn Art Library’s Art House Co-Op to get your work out there and into the hands of people from all over the world.
How to: Put on an Art Show – An exclusive interview with Nubby Twiglet will give readers a chance to demystify the process of setting up your own solo art show and all of the planning and preparation that goes into it all.
10 Tips for a Stunning Portfolio – Get your foot in the door with a portfolio that turns heads in the best possible way with this helpful advice for those who are still without one.

+12 Amazing Contributors:

  • Artwork by Kevin Chupik [Las Vegas], Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia [Spain], Emilio Santoyo [Los Angeles], Ashton Elizabeth Hall [Wisconsin], Matias Armendaris [Vancouver], and Randi Antonsen [Norway].
  • “Sacred Geometry,” a design feature by Christie Powers [United Kingdom].
  • Photography by Gabriela Alatorre [Guatemala], Cover Photographer Madalin Gageanu [Romania], Sara Hertel [Portland], Eni Turkeshi [Belgium], and Max Sanders [Minnesota].

All that, plus creative book and music recommendations, an artsy shopping guide with design-driven wares for winter, and, as always, a Creative Directory chock full of fun and inspiring destinations around the web!

The Flood #6 will be released on January 15, 2012 in the Etsy Shop. There’s still a ton of work to do before then, but I’ll be keeping you updated with previews of the issue as time goes on! Have a great weekend…

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behind the zine: the flood #5.

The Flood #5 is now available in the shop! It’s a full-color zine and visual adventure with 60 pages of creative excellence in art, design, photography, fashion, music and books that you can hold in your hands or download and watch on your screen. This is the 5th issue I’ve produced, edited, and designed with the help of several talented artists from around the world who were kind enough to share their work with me. Now I want to share with you how it’s actually made…

Once I’ve collected everyone’s work and all of the writing for the articles, I put them all together in an InDesign document. When I do this, I have to keep the final product in mind all the way through. Since I’m designing for print, I have to make sure I don’t put anything important too close to the edges or it may end up getting trimmed off when I cut them. I also have to think about how the size of the text will show up and how the colors will change to be either lighter or darker when they’re printed with actual ink.

After I’ve triple-checked everything and feel like it’s ready for print, I’ll make another InDesign document that will end up being what I send to the printer. This is the really complicated part. I have to write down a list of the pages in the order they’ll be printed so that when they’re all folded together, you’ll get a printed zine that has all of the pages in the intended order I want people to see them. When the document is complete, I upload it to the printer, and then wait about a week to receive it in the mail.

The day I receive the new zines is always such an exciting day… until I realize that the work is really just beginning! They come with white edges on every side and each issue has 15 double-sided pages. That means that there are 60 cuts that must be made before I have a finished zine. It usually takes between 5-10 minutes to do this for each issue because I have to have a very close eye to determine the best place to cut without losing any outer edge imagery or text.

Why do I even put myself through this? Because it costs twice as much for the printer to do it for me, and I pay for the printing of the zine out of pocket, without receiving any actual profit. For me, the profit is the process, the practice, and the fun of it all. Plus, I know that getting something cool in the mail is one of the most wonderful feelings a person can get.

My main weapon: this $30 paper cutter from OfficeMax. I also like to have scissors close by to trim off any tiny edges that the paper cutter misses. The saddle stitch stapler is really the best thing to use when you need to staple a zine together because you can staple it right on the fold. They are somewhat expensive as far as stapler prices go, but this thing makes my life so much easier. I’m not even sure how I’d bind them without it.

You might also see how the image on the page cuts off halfway through. These are the two images that will be in the inside of the front and back covers, so while they may not make sense together visually right now, they’ll totally make sense when I put the whole zine together…

This is what the inside of the front cover looks like when the whole zine is all together. And here is the finished product:

Throw it in an envelope, toss in a couple of other mail art goodies, slap on a mailing label, and you’ve got yourself a zine!

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twin cities zine fest 2011.

Yesterday I went to the 8th annual Twin Cities Zine Fest in South Minneapolis! It was awesome to connect with fellow zine-makers and more importantly, to stock up on all kinds of amazing zines of all kinds of shapes and sizes. I was luckily able to get The Flood #5 to the printer and back JUST in time to have some to bring with me and trade for others. I also brought some copies of #3 and #4 to donate to a few zine libraries!

I’m now the proud owner of my own little miniature zine library! I haven’t made it through even half of them yet, but I will definitely be gobbling up this pile soon. I had so much fun meeting people who have as much fun making zines as I do… it made me feel like I belong to some kind of loosely sewn collective and helped me to open my eyes to what other people are doing to use their creative talents.

P.S. If it seems like I’ve been M.I.A. lately, it’s because I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work hard on a bunch of new, exciting projects! Many of them will be shared here later this week, including my next assignment for Camp Pikaland, a preview of The Flood #5 and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the issue, plus a few different brand new freelance projects. Stay tuned!

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