After two month of research, workshops and development, all the studio member came with fantastic project outcomes and we were able to have a very successful exhibition showcasing our final Publishing Unbound zines and binding methods as the centre piece and development sketchbooks and workshop outcomes surrounding it, creating an exhibition or better said, a feeling of our studio.
Once the 25 copies of my zine were finished, printed and folded, it was time to swap them with my studio members. It was a great opportunity to give and receive feedback from your classmates and also to create a mini studio exhibition and see how our work played off. Once we swapped then I ended up with a stack of colourful zines ready to bind, On the same day we also had a great chance to photograph properly our work in the studio for our portfolios.
Time to try my different ideas. First step was to make a box to fit the zines, so A5 size. I had white, brown and black cardboard to use, so I started with the brown one.
The proceed to try my first idea, stamps imitation letterpress, but I did not like the result on paper so I moved from there. Then I tried to use our studio logo, but I struggled to figure out how to print it with the box already made, So that took me to a second idea.
Using acetate and attaching it to the box. I tried both, the title of the project and studio name, and my actual poster zine design which I ended up using. Then I decided to use a white thin stripe of tape to hold it down and use it for the exhibition, since I had to have something done but didn’t want it to be my final one.
After putting the box aside and making another box, this time black, I decided to order vinyl cut, but it wold not arrive until after the exhibition. With all the paper I pulled out of my drawer to experiment with I decided to use my colour designs to print on tracing paper to experiment and see the outcome. So I did, and ended please with the prints as a set.
The last step was to fill the box with all the zines and check everything fit perfectly. It ended up being a little too big for so little zines so the black one I kept it thinner.
Exhibition time, a week from now, while studio members still have to finish the box or binding for the stack of zines, some of us start setting up a few pieces around the studio and planning the outcome.
We also set up a photography studio on one corner of the room for us to photograph our final zine and have some good shots for our portfolio. First project almost finished, and a new one to come after the break. Proud of the outcomes so far.