Meet artist Lu Williams, and together with students from Haberdashers’ Borough Academy, learn all about how to make your own zine!
But first, what is a zine?!
A zine (pronounced ‘zeeen’, like the end of magazine), is a self published booklet made from 1 or 2 pieces of paper. Zines or 'fanzines' originated through letter-writing, and people sharing information with each other about things they were passionate about. Can you think of anything you're a fan of? They're super quick to make, and can be silly or serious - it's completely up to you!
Tell me more!
In the 1980’s there was a photocopier boom! This meant that suddenly more people had access to low cost printing. Being able to self-publish zines gave people who were overlooked within mainstream media the opportunity to have their voices heard.
Around that time, artist movements including The British Black Arts Movement and Guerrilla Girls were challenging social issues such as racism and gender inequality. This also happened in music, with punk bands like Bikini Kill and Le Tigre also using zines as a form of political activism. So as well celebrating exciting things, zines were also used as an empowering tool to challenge the people in charge!
People shared messages of hope and anger with the world through zines - and these little paper booklets still have the power to challenge the status quo. Pretty cool eh?