Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dear friends of the PCA,
To coincide with the June Issue of IMPRINT, which is themed ‘Artists Books’, The Print Council of Australia is encouraging its members and friends to produce zines in an enormous random zine exchange. 
A zine [short for magazine] is indeed a small ‘booklet’, most often photocopied and stapled and can be filled with your writing- story, poetry, musings, and/ or your drawing, doodling, photographs, and is quite ephemeral in its nature. For example, I have come across ‘fan zines’, filled with musings on peoples favourite macaroons, recipes, journal entries describing the baking process, lists of people they gave the macaroons to. 
It can be a personal story or factual observations, written or illustrative, the content is entirely up to you, our only requirement is in order to include the zine in the postage of Imprint, we need the zine to be small and lightweight. [Finished size: no larger than A6- 10.5 x 15cm. Up to 16 pages- = 2 x A4 sheets cut and folded.]
[And we ask that the content not be offensive in any way to a broad audience.]
If you google zines you will come across many examples- and wikipedia has quite a comprehensive definition and history of the "zine".
I hope you can let this information ruminate and I’m sure you will come up with some great ideas to put in a zine, If you can produce an edition of 15 [or 30 would be even better] zines [by photocopying] and post them to us, we would love to have them. They can be left unsigned if you prefer anonymity, or you can use a pseudonym, or of course you can sign them.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact, and as we need 1400 zines in total, please encourage your friends to make an edition for us too.
Please post as many zines as you can to me at the address below before March the 31st.
I thankyou in advance,
Kind Regards,
Georgia Thorpe 
Advertising/ Subscriptions Manager
IMPRINT
Print Council of Australia
Postal address: Office 5, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne, Vic 3051
ph 03) 9328 8991 
fax 03) 9328 8993
The Print Council of Australia Inc is a national, not-for-profit visual arts organisation which promotes an appreciation of contemporary Australian printmedia - artist's books + zines, digital art, works on paper, and printmaking - through exhibitions, publications and commissioned editions.

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