One rainy Saturday we got together at Leeds Trinity University to plan, create and print a zine to explore the experiences of international students in Leeds...
As we started to draw up ideas for our own zine pages- looking for inspiration from other zines. We have started to gather a small collection of zines, some of which are distributed through the Leeds Footprint Workers Cooperative at events like International Women's day, Leeds City Museum and the Leeds Zine Fair which they help to set up each year.
When we finished creating the pages we did a count and realised we'd designed 30! We were only planning to do a page or two each...inspiration clearly took hold and we were very productive in our workshop.
We laid out all the pages and began to get stuck in and put them into order. Everyone got involved in this; climbing up onto the desks and trying to build up a story from each page to the next...
We underestimated how long it would take to scan in each page and experiment with how to pull the pages together in order as PDFs and print the zine. This stage took quite a few hours but we persisted and with a little more group effort we worked out how to get the zine looking the way we'd envisaged it.
We have found that our zine has so many outputs: most importantly the paper copies we all took home with us as mementos and for future inspiration, but also a digitised copy (available online to view). We have also taken the inspiration from one of the zine pages for the title of our interactive documentary, which we plan to call "Our Here". The digitised scans of our zine pages look wonderful, and we will use these to illustrate our interactive documentary as we develop our platforms and archive. And we also designed our logo collaboratively during the zine workshop.
View a sample of our zine on Flipsnack @ https://www.flipsnack.com/leedsintwomfilmcol/liwfmc-zine-in-a-day-2016.html