So, what are zines?
Short for magazine, ‘Zines’ are self-published books that can be easily reproduced and distributed within a community. They can be about a variety of different subjects from politics to art, mental health, culture, science, activism, and much, much more! Zines tend to thrive off their niche appeal, so don’t be afraid to get into the nitty gritty of something you love – even if that means you’re making a zine about what you had for breakfast that day or the history of your favorite genre of music.
Historically, zines have been used as a way for everyone and anyone to express themselves and communicate with others. Get the word out there about something – no matter your artistic skill level! Zines can include original illustrations, collage, written word, photography, or any mixture of these things. Zines were founded by folks with passion and drive too big to ignore, so feel free to embrace the messy, slapdash, imperfect process that is creating a zine!
The only rule is that there are no rules!
Well, zines can be made in a variety of different ways! For this project, we’re focusing mainly on two types of zines – the 8-page mini zine and the custom page folded zine. Both the mini zine and the folded zine can be made just by using sheets of 8.5×11” paper!
The first, original artwork of a zine is called the ‘Master Copy’ or ‘Master Flat’. From this Master Copy, you can print reproductions by scanning or photocopying your page(s) and printing them out. By doing this, you can print your zine out as many times as you’d like and give them away, while being able to keep your original artwork!
WHAT IS THE PRINCEToN SKETCHBOOK CLUB?
In September 2022, the Arts Council announced a community-wide project that would supply blank 5×8” sketchbooks to anyone interested in participating in a new artistic endeavor, the Princeton Sketchbook Club.
By mid-December, hundreds of sketchbooks were picked up by locals and sent across the country to be filled with doodles, poetry, collage, or whichever medium the recipient chose to fill its pages.
In February 2023, the Sketchbook Club and members of our community gathered for the opening celebration of the Sketchbook Library, now open to the public.
The thing is… we missed making art together! The Zine project will continue our tradition of bi-weekly informal gatherings where Club members come together to make art, talk about life, and make a bunch of new creative friends.
JOIN THE CLUB!
If you’ve been looking for non-intimidating way to dip your toe into the world of making art, or if you’re a creative seeking a welcoming community, this project is for you.
A one-time $10 covers your set of reproductions, invitations to our bi-weekly gatherings, eligibility to display your zine in our forthcoming Zine Library, and a discount on related paper-arts and digital workshops.
We’re here to help! Shoot Melissa an email.
The following gatherings are informal opportunities to work on your zine and meet new friends.