Assembling Zines

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Started by Heath Row. Last reply by Heath Row Mar 19, 2009. 4 Replies

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Comment by Terry Owenby on January 6, 2020 at 8:43pm

Thank you for the example! It looks fairly simple and something this beginner could tackle. :-)  

Comment by Michael Leigh on January 6, 2020 at 8:37pm

Terry - I can't find an expample of the stitched 'zine spines at the moment but it wasa bit like this -

Comment by Terry Owenby on January 6, 2020 at 8:19pm

Thank you, Michael, for describing your binding techniques and various ways of keeping zines together. I appreciate it! I like the idea of sewing a cloth bag. That could be interesting. Being able to bind and not cover writing or art falling in the left margin is a problem for many of the items I want to bind. For example, postcards, 4x4 art cards, etc. When you bound with stitches, which binding did you use? I can't think of the name now...but I know there is a binding style that might be good for these kinds of art. Thanks again!  

Comment by Michael Leigh on January 6, 2020 at 7:22am

The next assembling 'zine I did with folded pages (A5) Card cover. 1990's

Comment by Michael Leigh on January 6, 2020 at 7:06am

Terry - If I remember rightly, the blue tape was just cheap electrical tape I used to cover up the staples used to hold the pages together - not ideal!  If there is not much of a gap on the binding side it can be difficult to read some of the pages if they have writing on. I usually left them unbound but tried to experiment a bit with overall look of the 'zine - having cloth bags made in one instance, cellophane bags, stitched binding etc.  On my next 'zine I asked for a folded sheet which made my job a lot easier as I could staple and there would be not need to try and cover it up with tape.

Comment by Terry Owenby on January 6, 2020 at 3:07am

Michael, thanks for sharing your zines. They are wonderful! I'm curious about the blue tape-like material on the left side of issue #13. Is this a binding and, if so, what is the binding name? Are the loose pages bound together? I have many projects with separate pages that I'd love to bind but I don't know which is the best way to do it. Thank you!

Comment by Michael Leigh on January 5, 2020 at 2:52pm

William - yes, an open call - no theme.  12 pages A5 folded to make 4 sides. The ones I compiled were mostly stapled but some issues were loose in paper, cloth and plastic bags.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on January 5, 2020 at 2:03pm

William - Thanks for the explanation! I've only been involved with 'conventional' zines so far and now I understand the difference!

Comment by William M on January 5, 2020 at 11:11am

thanks for sharing those michael! they look great. were they an open call or specific people asked to participate?

Comment by Michael Leigh on January 5, 2020 at 7:04am

Assembling 'zine Vol. 3 No. 6 " Museum Of Penny Candy". Contributors include yours truly, J Ricart, Antonio Gomez, Anne-Miek Bibbe, Jorg Seifert and Christain Alle. 1999.


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