ONLINE WORKSHOP SERIES:
ZINE + DIY PUBLISHING - A PRACTICAL GUIDE
WITH ANDREAS LASZLO KONRATH
TO REGISTER, EMAIL US AT: MARHABA@TASWEER.QA
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP SERIES:
This approachable online zine-making workshop series touches upon important historical and current concepts of zine-making and zine-culture and introduces participants to the power of telling our stories through zines. During these online workshop sessions, we will consider the creative elements of zine-making - how to create visual flow; how images can complement or detract from one another; and experiment in layout and sequencing content in varying size, number, and spatial layouts. Utilizing the Progressive Web App ‘shrimpzine’, this series is aimed at both teenagers and adults with an interest in art and photography, who have access to a smartphone to use during workshop sessions, and a desire to learn the basics in beginning to create their own self-published works.
WORKSHOP 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO MAKING ZINES + EDITING 24 APRIL: 8.00 - 10.00 PM DOHA/1.00 - 3.00
This first workshop session starts with a conversation about where we can begin our relationship with zines and discovering the language of zines. Workshop participants will be introduced to the Progressive Web App ‘shrimpzine’, discussing its use as an access point to zine-making. This workshop session will also focus on editing, encouraging users to think strategically about their images.
WORKSHOP 2: DEVELOPING YOUR ZINE + SEQUENCING
1 MAY: 8.00 - 10.00 PM DOHA/1.00 - 3.00 PM EST
We explore the structure and experiment with the zine form, and how we find our own voices and identities through a zine practice. While we continue to develop your ideas and find your own language in the zine form. This session will also focus on sequencing, encouraging users to think strategically about visual narratives.
WORKSHOP 3: NEXT STEPS - LAYOUT + TEXT
8 MAY: 8.00 - 10.00 PM DOHA/1.00 - 3.00 PM EST
We look at ways to play with the orientation of zines and introduce possibilities of interventions into the pages and structure of zines when printing and
assembling. We consider the physical attributes and discuss grain direction, weight, the texture of paper.
WORKSHOP 4: COVERS + FINALISING YOUR ZINE
16 MAY: 8.00 - 10.00 PM DOHA/1.00 - 3.00 PM EST
We will discuss different styles of cover-making strategies - dust jackets, interactive layers, interventions, gatefolds, 2-fold cover, belly bands, colophon page - and the ways in which the zine interior is supported and amplified.
ABOUT ANDREAS LASZLO KONRATH:
Andreas Laszlo Konrath grew up in the U.K. with a keen interest in skateboarding and music. In 2004 he moved to New York, assisting numerous portrait and fashion photographers while running a small darkroom on Canal Street. From 2008 – 2018 he collaborated on the independent zine and book press PWP with designer Brian Paul Lamotte. PWP became their foundation to not only help and actively encourage young image-makers to pursue their own ideas, but also to inspire each other in the process. Since the imprint’s inception, 53 unique publications were created. Andreas is a regular visiting artist, class instructor and portfolio critic at inspiring institutions and platforms including the Fashion Institute of Technology, International Center of Photography, Parsons School of Design at The New School, Pratt Institute, Red Hook Labs and the School of Visual Arts, in New York. Andreas is currently the Artist Educator at the museum Dia:Beacon for the Dia Teens program. He is also the co-founder of the zine-making Progressive Web App ‘shrimpzine’.
‘shrimpzine’ is a Progressive Web App developed to help young digital natives to make zines for free on their smartphones. This is intended to be a communal creative tool that takes images that live in the digital sphere and help those using the app to merge them into an object that can be printed out, shared, and exchanged. Intended to promote the art of zine-making and exploring the possibilities of the digital and the physical coming into contact with one another, as well as engaging in public discourse and world-building using the vessel of the zine and printed material as a catalyst to do this work. In a moment where so many are isolated from one another as a product of this ongoing pandemic, shrimpzine exists to consider how to build bridges between people and to break down walls to allow for new and exciting forms of tangibility.
Andres Gonzalez, American Origami book