Ladypajama

Ladypajama

Name: ladypajama
Location: Missoula, MT
Website: ladypajama.com or www.etsy.ladypajama.com

How about a brief introduction?
I like to look at art (this includes writing, and zine making) as a hobby that pays for its self. I have no belief that I will ever be able to support myself or make it big with my art. This allows me the freedom to be ultimately creative, as I have no fears of people liking and buying.

How did you get involved with zine making?
I was introduced to the whole thing in highschool when I was making an underground newspaper. I did many collaborative projects with friends throughout highschool. After that I had great intentions but never quite followed through until I was 24. Then something just clicked and I started making insane amounts of zines. Really, go look at my etsy store. That isn’t even half of them.

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
I publish a monthly perzine that I send out through the mail. It is called “Blah Blah Blah.” My main goal with it is mostly communication. And perhaps documentation. It is good have a deadline. And although it is a tiny little thing. Doing that little bit every month adds up. Some day maybe I’ll publish a book of them. We will see.

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
I am inspired constantly.

What’s the one tip you’d like to share with people who are interested in making their own zines?
Just do it. Don’t talk about it or think about it. Just make a zine. There is this challenge that happens every July called the “24 hour zine challenge”. I would recommend trying to make a zine in 24 hours. Even if it isn’t July.

Katie Green

Katie Green

Name: Katie Green
Location: Bristol, UK
Website: www.katiegreen.co.uk / www.katiegreenbean.blogspot.com

How about a brief introduction?
Hi, I’m Katie and I’m a freelance illustrator. Currently I’m working on my first graphic novel, but inbetween times I also love to make and sell small self-published works, paintings, drawings, art prints and other goodies. I also drink a lot or rooibos tea.

How did you get involved with zine making?
I published my first zine, The Green Bean issue 1, in May 2010. I had previously self-published a recipe book, so the process of producing and selling my work was familiar, and the step into making a zine came because having my own magazine has always been a dream of mine. I’m slightly obsessive-compulsive (!), so I right away made the commitment to publishing a Green Bean every month. I’ve done 8 now and the readership continues to grow. I am, however, going bi-monthly in the new year to make space for other small publications….I love the Green Bean, but I’m also craving the chance to try something different.

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
For me, zine making is very personal. I am a blogger, and in many ways my zines are an extension of that. I want to tell tales of what I make and do and find interesting about the world around me. My ultimate goal I suppose is to keep sharing that as a way of connecting with people, and to do something ‘productive’ with the vast amounts of drawing I seem to produce. As long as its fun to make and fun to read, I think I’m on the right track.

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
Funny as it sounds, I’d read very few zines before making my own. Now of course, I’ve read many, but my favourite who outshines all of the others has to be Aijung Kim. Her styles of both drawing and writing are so eloquent and simple, plus I find her subject matter and honesty very appealing. She is also an illustrator and printmaker and all of her work is beautiful.

Katie Allen

Katie Allen

Name: Katie
Location: Surrey, UK
Website: www.katieallen-illustration.com

How about a brief introduction?
I’m Katie, an illustration graduate working as an art technician in a high school. I love hand-drawn typography and making little books!

How did you get involved with zine making?
I was introduced to zines whilst on an art foundation studies course before university. For a while I just collected them, but at uni I thought it would be nice for me and my friends to stay creative over the summer holidays. I discovered a UK group called zineswap (www.zineswap.com) and flickr also got me in touch with other zine makers – I’m now converted!

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
Meeting and learning from new friends!

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
I really like a per-zine called Culture Slut for it’s content- I’d never be brave enough to write so openly, but it definitely inspires me to keep making. Stylistically, I’m mainly inspired by amazing designers and illustrators such as Alan Fletcher, Helen Borten and Miroslav Sasek.

What’s the one tip you’d like to share with people who are interested in making their own zines?
Never be shy to contact other zine makers, all the ones I’ve met have been so friendly. Buy or swap as many zines as you can— it will inspire you and get you great contacts to do collaborations. Try contacting zinesters on social networking sites like flickr, twitter, or blog sites, and look for zine events where you live— there’s often ones held in big cities or creative communities 🙂