28 May 2011
Tomorrow is the Ravenswing Craft & Zine DIY Fair in Minto Park in Ottawa. We'll have over sixty vendors selling crafts and zines, live music from local bands, skill-sharing workshops and the Clothesline Project. I'm giving out my zines to volunteers and selling the rest to help pay for fair expenses. Check out the Info Table for a great deal on some great zines!
Keep reading and keep thinking for yourself! xoszio
Posted by Sean Zio at 2:35 p.m.
27 May 2011
John's zines are among my treasures. They are sincere and make you feel like you've become his friend by the end of every issue. You can buy the whole series of Do-It-Yourself Silkscreening through Microcosm, or visit Octopus Books and see if they have a copy or can order you one. You can also visit John's page on the web.
This Sunday, you can find your own fair share of crafters and zinesters in Ottawa at the Ravenswing Craft and Zine DIY Fair. Along with an excellent crew of artists and writers, I am anxiously putting the final touches to our plans for the fair. With live music, skill-sharing workshops, public feminist art, crafters and zinesters, it's going to be magic.
25 May 2011
When I received Verwho?'s zine, I wasn't expecting much. It was short. It was a comic. However, when I opened it up, I was amazed. Not only was her zine attractively illustrated, it was beautifully worded as well.
Damn, this zinester is cool. Check out her website and buy her art: www.verwho.com.
24 May 2011
23 May 2011
When I worked at Octopus Books, I hand-sold Colin's zine like mad. Any tourist who came through the doors was guaranteed to leave with his or her copy of Colin's zine by the time he or she left. The zine shows a more intimate and gentle side of Ottawa than the typical tourist merchandise of the city, and I always felt happy knowing that Colin's portraits of my hometown were being sent out into the world for strangers to show their friends and family.
To admire more of Colin's work or to order your own copies of Cool Drawing, Dude, go to his website. Alternately, you can visit the Ravenswing Craft and Zine DIY Fair this coming Sunday at Minto Park between 11am and 4pm. He will be there with his zines and I am confident that he would be happy to sell you signed copies.
22 May 2011
In June 2005, Festrell (aka Faye) and I began Ravenswing as a monthly craft and zine fair at Jack Purcell Community Centre. With a mutual love for zines and independent art, we brought together a small community of zinesters and crafters and poured our time and love into organizing the fair.
In January 2006, Festrell made a zine for Ravenswing with vendor's bios, a list of skill-sharing workshops and short articles by her and me. Reading this issue was nostalgic for me. Following is an excerpt of my impressions of our second-ever Ravenswing fair:
"Everybody's spirits at the fair was uplifting and positive. Throughout the afternoon, I was surrounded by the fantastic buzz of people chatting. Nothing compares to that sound of several conversations merging into the noise of an event. You can get lost in it, trying to imagine what each conversation is about. And people were talking about all kinds of things: crafting, writing, music, weddings, the art of culture in Canadian cities, and much more.
I have high hopes for Ravenswing. I can dream it as a space for people to gather, to share their creations, and to make a few bucks for a drink, for groceries, or for a new project to be unveiled at the next fair. Nothing compares to the excitement of something green and wanted by the community. I feel gloriously grateful to be helping organize an event that creates a space for us as artists to breathe in the city."
The zine itself was well designed by Festrell, filled with great backgrounds of found images in a cut-n-paste feel. This year, we are going into our 5th annual outdoor fair and we are fortunate to have Festrell designing its program. We will be giving out a limited number of copies throughout the day, so come early to make sure you get your copy.
See you there! Fore more information on Ravenswing, see www.ravenswingottawa.com.