When our country went into a strict lockdown last year I, like many people, had grand plans of productivity. I thought I’d finally get making art again and I just… couldn’t. It felt pointless, when the world had been turned upside down, to keep making things like I did when life was normal.
And then came #quaranzine. It was an online celebration of zines, and I had a couple of ideas forming into a zine concept:
1. A children’s diary workbook to record their experience of lockdown.
2. Our staff newsletter, sharing tidbits from different members of staff.
I combined the two, creating a newsletter-style perzine, and made the first one on a Facebook live video as part of the “Quaranzinefest”. It reflected what I love so much about making zines – a low pressure art form that’s personal and expressive. There’s now seven, made at different “alert levels” (that’s our traffic light system for how strict the lockdown is). I want the last one to be at Level Zero, though right now I don’t know if we’ll ever get there!
I’m hopping on a plane soon, so perhaps there’ll be another issue up my sleeve before then.