Monday, 2 February 2009
Before the snow began to fall yesterday, I headed to the Alternative Press Fair, a gathering of illustrators, zine-makers, comic book creators and all those who laugh in the face of mass-production and consumerism. Publications vary endlessly in size, content and material- there is everything from photocopied leaflets about kittens, to hand sewn books on how to make do and mend.Don't worry if you missed it though, some of the best artists exhibited, including Gemma Correll and Sarah Ray, will be showing their work at 'Girls who draw: Misfits and Miscellany' at the Exposure gallery, 22-23 Little Portland street, from today until 3rd March. If you fancy trying your hand at making your own zine, why not pop along to Goldsmith's Ladyfest on Thursday, where there will be a zine-making workshop, amongst other musical and creative delights. And I know this is a long way off, but if you start making your publication now, it should be ready by then- May 3rd is the date for the London Zine Symposium which will be at the Rag Factory in East London; see www.londonzinesymposium.org.uk Should give you something to do until the snow thaws.