Zines are another platform for creatives to express themselves. It has no official format or rules, giving total creative direction to the creator. In today’s age, it plays a huge important role in creating discussion & portraying topics of importance- whether political, social, spiritual, personal etc.
My zines are influenced by traditional Eastern thought, the universe, mythology, spirits and fellow creatives that I follow online & know in person.
I’m sharing with people how I view the world, or what goes on in my imagination. A combination of an inner and external world. At the same time, it can be what you want it to be.
I think zine is the perfect platform to present your idea while channelling your visual flair. We are getting accustomed to bite sized contents, and zines usually come in scrumptious fun size. There’s also that raw and timeless charm about handmade zines.
To be honest I’m a newcomer in zine world, but I’m inclined to those poetry zines. In the world of visual culture and virtual reality, poetry is a rare trade. So I think we should give more room for thoughtful poems.
It opens me to new people and conversations. It also excites me that my ideas may manifest into something tactile, accessible, and collectible.
Zines are an important avenue for original content. Blogs and social media are great but the tangible zine is so raw. We get so lost on the internet. It’s distraction city. Zines create a sense of collected thoughts, in the tangible space that is paper and staples. They’re simple and detailed, you turn from one page to the next and there are no pop-ups or ads! It makes for a more precise and focused reading.
I would say my zines are mainly influenced by pop culture. Definitely 90’s pop culture references such as the brilliant Robin Williams and hilarious Whoopi Goldberg. I have a new collection called The Appreciation Series. This series focuses on pop icons and TV shows such as Oprah Winfrey, Seinfeld & Twin Peaks and celebrates the greatest characters with illustrated portraits.
You are what you watch. I really enjoy engaging with people over the music, film & TV they like. I love it when people laugh whilst looking at my work and understand a pop reference.
Direct examples that come to mind are Bitch Planet, Persepolis, Shaun Tan’s 'The Arrival’ – which admittedly are all very different but somehow they have become a mash up of influence in my work. The use of colour, composition and complex characters in Bitch Planet; Persepolis for bold style with personal connection; Shaun Tan for the intimacy of his sketches and relying completely on images to share emotion. Also Hayao Miyazaki with character building and use of immersive realism in his films – the attention to subtle shifts in movement and physical presence to reflect a person’s state of mind really interests me.
A wild mix up of Chinese and Soviet Union propaganda art meets Film Noir meets children’s illustration.
I love zine making because it allows me to flesh out small tangents in my mind through images. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that I am faced with conflict that I don’t know a straight solution to. When I start to map out a zine the process helps me find a sense of clarity. I might not find an answer to whatever has been weighing on my mind, but it allows me to acknowledge and release some of the clutter from my brain.