Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Canberra Zine Fair

A couple of weeks back now but here are some photos of my very first Zine fair. A lot of fun given I didn't know what to expect and only had a few cliches in my head styled mostly from the movies Chasing Amy and Ghost World. I had wondered  if sellers would be getting out their sketch books during quite moments and indeed some did. I myself arrived a little under prepared. You may be able to see that from my minimalist display (will know to bring a table cloth next time at the very least) and also was still sewing buttons on throughout the morning. In fact one potential lady customer asked if that (ie. me with my sewing kit attatching buttons) was all part of an installation art piece. "Please. Don't overthink it" muttered my charming and youthful neighbor Rafael, once the lady had gone (not buying one!), who had set himslef up brilliantly to sell his poetry/writings and had, I have to add, immediately put me at ease by telling me my own zine was "adorable". I was perhaps a little worried I wouldn't fit in, the Zine fair being billed as part of Youth Week at Gorman House. It turned out though I was far from the oldest Zine enthusiast attending. Glad though I had thought better of bringing the hot water bottle which had been pressed to my lumber region 24 hours previous the fair for an annoying torn muscle injury. That might have sent the wrong message totally. 
Anyway, down to business - My Zine was called Love Hate and and is essentially about my love-hate affair/ addiction with fashion magazines. I sold over 25 of the little things - $4.50 with buttons attatched and $2.50 without. While I also bought a fair few of the other Zines on offer as well as doing some swaps with other zine creators I certainly reached my goal of making enough to feed my other addiction - books. Win-win. I was too shy to get anyone to take a photo of me at my stall but some collectors from the National Library were there taking photos and you can see me hawking my wares ever so aggressively (not) right here as well as the charming Raphael and co creator here.

5 comments:

Kylie said...

I love it!!!!!! OMG Jo, we are so on the same page (haha!). I have been thinking a lot lately about creating a zine - you are amazing! So, can I buy one please? Tell me how and I'll do it :) Kx

REread said...

these look really cool

Iveth Morales said...

It looks very cool! 25 sales is very nice, too :D
Fairs are so much fun, and a bit stressful, too but I think is worth it!
I so want to be part of a craft fair soon :D

jodi said...

Clever you! They look amazing x

Anonymous said...

Hello!

I am in the process of cataloguing your gorgeous zine into our collection and would love to know a bit more about it and you!

Can you email me - I am having trouble finding contact details... kfox@nla.gov.au

Kristy
Collection Development at the NLA