Mellybee

Mellybee

Name: Mellybee aka Melanie Chadwick
Location: United Kingdom
Website: www.melaniechadwick.com

How about a brief introduction?
I graduated back in 2002 in Fine Art and since then have been making a living from some form of creative output. I’ve been fortunate to have lived in a variety of cultures both in Asia and Europe- and have met amazing folk from all walks of life! Although I love to paint landscapes and flowers I also enjoy drawing and it’s through my Mellybee brand that I let myself create quirky illustrations for print, textiles and web.

How did you get involved with zine making?
I had been thinking about it for a while but it wasn’t until I submitted a piece to a collaborative zine project with the theme ‘I heart…’ that I started making my first zine!

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
Making something that is a joy to pick up, easy on the eye and something that you can come back to for smiles, facts and perhaps some inspiration…

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
Gemma Correll’s Treasures of Sky Mall- funny and sweet, and Kate Bingaman Burt’s obsessive compulsive monthly zines- labelled and categorised- both had a part in inspiring my I <3 TEA zine.

What’s the one tip you’d like to share with people who are interested in making their own zines?
Start off by making a zine around a topic that gets you excited and you know lots about- that way you’ll be able to fuel your project quickly without too much time spent researching (distracting yourself)!

Lori Hutchinson

Lori hutchinson

Name: Lori Hutchinson
Location: Toronto, Canada
Website: www.lorihutchinson.com

How about a brief introduction?
My name is Lori Hutchinson. I create paintings and illustrations in watercolours, and also embroidery art in my own designs.

How did you get involved with zine making?
I began making zines in preparation for my first year attending Canzine in Toronto as a vendor.
My first zine was a way for me to create something out of old sketches that I liked, but that had never become anything. I made a colouring book, filled with different characters from my sketchbooks.

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
My goal when I am making zines is usually to get an idea out of my head and turn it into something tactile. It’s also usually a way to document something I want to remember, and share it with others.

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
Lots of favourite artists, but not any zine makers in particular. What inspired me to explore bookbinding and ultimately make my zines was a book called How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith (http://www.purgatorypiepress.com/). It covers a lot of different bindings, and also has a lot of inspiration for making art books.

What’s the one tip you’d like to share with people who are interested in making their own zines?
It’s surprisingly easy, and a really good way to create something that is uniquely yours. Also including full bleed images can be a big pain, when you want to use photocopies which don’t print right to the edge.

Lori Dean Dyment

Lori Dean Dyment

Name: Lori Dean Dyment
Location: Richmond, B.C., Canada
Website: DeanDymentStudios.etsy.com

How about a brief introduction?
My name is Lori Dean Dyment and I’m a third generation Vancouverite, which makes me fortunate enough to have enjoyed the lifestyle the city has to offer while being surrounded by so much natural beauty. It is this closeness to nature and its animal residents that has been translated into my artwork. While my artwork is predominantly of animals, they are rendered in a way that portrays their personalities and each has their own story. With the narrative quality of my work tends I hope to make observers think back to their own favorite childhood storybooks. Now married and with children of my own, I have found the references to childhood have become even more pronounced.

How did you get involved with zine making?
I’ve been wanting to participate in a Pikapackage for ages now and I felt that the zine submission would be a good fit for me as I hope to one day illustrate children’s books.

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
My goal with this zine was to create a consistent character and style of drawing. I was a little intimidated by the project but it turned into a really rewarding project for me.

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
Lately I’ve been finding myself really attracted to pieces of artwork that use pen and ink and intricate patterns. Julia Pott is one artist that comes to mind.

What’s the one tip you’d like to share with people who are interested in making their own zines?
Create the zine for yourself first and foremost. I think the personal stories are always more interesting.