September 3rd, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Thank you Here&Now for inviting us to set up a reading room at your artist talk night at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery last Thursday! We had a most excellent time. Here&Now is an exhibition of early-career contemporary WA artists that runs until 6 October 2012, with workshops and other activities concurrently occurring at Galleria, the Museum of Natural Mystery and OK Gallery.
If you have ordered online from us recently you may have received an intriguing postcard or two! Hypotheticards is a wonderful postcard project in which participants respond to hypothetical questions or prompts such as, ‘What’s that one comeback line you never got to use?’ and ‘What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you were sixteen?’ We are very much enjoying reading the collection of responses that the Hypotheticards crew have already received, and we hope that they receive many more!
And finally, as Facebook followers might already know, we are in the process of planning our first zine fair! Let Them Eat Zines will be held on Saturday 24 November 2012 and will feature a zine market, a zine chef competition, live music and as many attractions as we can fit atop the glistening peak of Paper Mountain. We are currently calling out for stallholders! Zinemakers, this is your time! You may also sell other wares (e.g. crafts, artwork) as long as 51% of your table is comprised of zines. Register your interest before Sunday 30 September!
August 26th, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Thank you to dotdotdash for inviting us to table at your sweet fundraiser on Friday night! You folks sure know how to put on a party. Here are some blurry shenanigans from our painfully good night atop Paper Mountain!
August 22nd, 2012 § 2 Comments
It is amazing what one can accomplish while sitting in bed. I believe that is really where all the best technology is headed – maximising the breadth of activities that may be performed while swaddled in blankets and a cloud of pillows. It is through the brilliance of technology that I may communicate with you from such a cosy position; I am as savvy as Slavoj Žižek. Is Aunty Mabel turning into a cyborg? The answer is no, Aunty Mabel was always a cyborg. And so are you.
July 23rd, 2012 § 3 Comments
My, doesn’t the year vanish so quickly, not unlike the freshly replaced toilet tissue in the communal restroom of a continental budget hostel. Truly, there is no place or time more befitting to contemplate the ephemerality and inexorable decay of life itself. Oh, forgive me, children – despite what my intrepid countenance might suggest, I am really quite fatigued from my travels. My memory is cluttered with all the sights I have seen; it is like a dishevelled tax-receipt shoebox in there. But! I picked up some delightful zines while I was passing through London, and I would like to talk to somebody about them, so why not you? And you? And you?
June 5th, 2012 § 2 Comments
The other evening I was enjoying a round of crispbread and vintage cheddar with my nieces and nephews of the Perth Zine Collective, when it occurred to me how deeply I cherish our conversations, and how much it would delight me to meet with my family more often. I thought that perhaps a recurring blog segment would be a way – a small trick, perhaps – of letting the conversation last just that little bit longer, not unlike the final brittle soothing moments of a cough lozenge before it dissolves into nothing. Oh dear, that analogy might imply that my life outside the Perth Zine Collective is a sickly thing, when really, I am quite happy, surrounded by the warm company of zines. I would like these reviews to be loosely regular (laissez-faire, really) and readable in one sitting – sometimes I will talk about zines that are printed right here in Perth, or zines that are available at distros around Australia; other times I would like to talk about zines that have been part of my collection for years and that may very well be out of print.
I have called this recurring segment Speak Zine and Enter, a name which came about during the Perth Zine Collective’s brainstorm for potential zine festival names. I had a soft spot for this name, because time and again, zine has been the passcode into a secret and marvellous place; it has granted me safe passage, turned strangers to friends. Hurt and difficulty are not necessarily absent from this place – zines are not magic – but sometimes, between the conversations, the typewritten text, the master pages photocopied into whiteness, something a little bit like magic happens.
I hope you will stay a while, and reflect with me. « Read the rest of this entry »
May 18th, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Aunty Mabel, the Perth Zine Collective and 1UP Microcinema are proud to present the very first Zine Social. It will be a wonderful evening of zine love.
We would love you to join us to hang out, talk zines and watch $100 and a T-shirt: A Documentary About Zines in the Northwest. Entry for the film is $10.
When? 25 May 2012
6:30pm – informal zine readings
7:45pm – “$100 and a T-shirt” screening
Where? 1UP Microcinema, 312b William St, Northbridge
$100 and a T-shirt by Joe Biel & Phil Sano
“A cultural analysis of what causes zine makers to tick; what the hell zines are, why people make zines, the origin of zines, the resources and community available for zine makers, and the future of zines. Interviews with about 70 zine makers, ex-zine makers, and readers from the northwest. Featuring footage of the Portland Zine Symposium, other zine related events, and activities bringing zine culture to life. An original documentary with over 64 hours of footage for people with a new interest in zines as well as pros and novices. The video sparks untapped creativity and new interest into zine making and reading.”
Looking forward to seeing you there!
March 26th, 2012 § Leave a Comment
dotdotdash and The Perth Zine Collective invite you to submit to Fingerprint – issue 10 of dotdotdash!
Fingerprint is a special zine issue of dotdotdash. Rather than submitting creative writing or art to the magazine, you are invited to submit a zine.
Every zine in Fingerprint needs to be printed, drawn, scanned, inked or marked in some way with a fingerprint. This fingerprint can be your own or your pet’s. It could even simply be metaphorical. As long as it’s an image that relates, it will be okay.
Click here to check out the poster for more info on how to submit.
Submissions close 7th May 2012.
March 26th, 2012 § Leave a Comment
‘Look at us; we are, sincerely!’ is a new Perth-based single sheet zine looking for contributions!
The theme of the first volume is Horrific and Touching, hoping to print in either April or May of this year. Can you say something horrific and touching in just one sentence? ‘look at us’ is looking to have a section dedicated to just one sentence submissions. Feel free to email any you have to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can have a look at their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Lookatus
February 5th, 2012 § 2 Comments
We came (to Free Range Gallery), we saw (out part of the Processed! art festival), we conquered 24 hours of zine making! Some of the spoils will be available soon too. Thanks y’all!
January 31st, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The Perth Zine Collective will be running a workshop at the Inglewood library on Friday as part of the Summerset Arts Festival. From the Summerset Arts Festival website (http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/summersetfestival/library_events.html):
“Ever wanted to have your say and get your point across? Sure there are blogs, but zines are funky, retro, kitschy ways to explore your passions, your creativity and your ideas. The workshop will start with an introduction into zines, followed by making your own, and then reproducing and sharing them.”
Date: Friday 3 February
Time : 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Inglewood Library
Phone: 9205 7700
Ages: 10 – 16
We hope you can swing by, have fun and make some zines!