From enjoying Alexander's writing workshops, and Arts Communication workshops about promotions and marketing, we may also want to make books, with our work on those pages.
Start immediately with zine-making too. Get a group together and book
A simple zine, a book without staples or stitching - satisfying to make, and looks good. Workshops begin with creating, fun from the start. Writing in the booklet or drawing, or collage, (gluing in images) the next step. A satisfying
piece of work appears in under an hour, no staples, no stitching, easy.
Small books like this were called chapbooks before, now they're zines. It's a short version of the word, magazine. Readily show art or writing to a reader or viewer, with a
Zines make great gifts. They're impressive enough to show off samples of work to clients, too.
Next in the workshop, sew a book, no staples. Saddle-stitching a firmly made book.
Other kinds of zines
also taught like the concertina book, or screen-book, folded. Display as a piece of art on a flat surface like a table (the book standing up), or a wall.
Questions answered along the way.
Some drawing or writing of our own
inside the books too, varying what we do and learn.
More difficult zines like coptic bound books also taught, usually in a second session.
Participants can number from one to twenty, with satisfying results in a small room, or up
to a hundred or so people as long as everyone can see the presentation from the laptop on a screen.
Workshop tutor, Raewyn Alexander, with decades of experience, walks about and sees what people are making. Discussion is part of this workshop. Any
issues along the way usually resolved.
Afterwards participants may email and find out more, as well.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries without obligation.
The first slideshow illustrates -
1. Raewyn Alexander's comic drawing from upcoming comic Nothing and Nowhere (but Love)
2. Several stapled zines with also hand-stitched zines, different examples.
3. Hand-drawn and collaged coptic-bound
Liberty recipe book made to order for a client.
4. Collage folder (made for celebrants, teachers, performers)....
5. Inside a saddle-stitched Tiny Title, made of clean found paper like used envelopes.
The portrait of Raewyn shows a
fairground themed folder. Poems in a colourful cover are read at events like Peter Larsen's Gong, Tiny Theatre's Voices from Rain events, literary festivals in Aotearoa NZ and overseas, or when she visits places like Waiheke Island as guest poet and so on.