Artists’ Books for Zine-makers: Expanding Your Creative Practice

June 26, 2024, 6:30-8:30pm

Interference Archive, 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Are you a practicing zine-maker or “zinester”? If so, this workshop is for you.

This presentation and workshop will help you expand your zine-making practice, deepen the sustainability of your self-publishing, and introduce you to an audience that can provide substantial professional and financial resources for your entire creative practice.

You have all the skills to conceive, design, publish, and distribute your zines. These same skills can be used to produce artists’ books, box set collections, and archives of your zine collections for distribution and sale to academic institutions that collect these materials. In doing so, your zines and artists’ books will be activated within educational spaces as curriculum support and research materials, as well as cataloged within library systems indefinitely.

During this workshop, Booklyn’s staff (Directing Curator, Educating Curator, & Executive Director) will share a wealth of information based on our organization’s 25 years of creating zines & artists’ books and distributing them within the education market worldwide. We will provide creative ideas to help you expand on your existing zine or bookmaking practice. You’ll have a chance to view many physical examples of artists’ books and zine “box set” collections, and we’ll provide concrete examples of impacts.

Key aspects of this workshop:

  • Opportunities to build your network and audiences
  • Examples of creative approaches that can improve your zine design and production
  • Why and how to distribute your zines and artists’ books to library collections
  • An introduction to the national network of university Art, Rare Books, and Special Collections Libraries

In addition, Booklyn provides individual professional development resources for zine publishers including, studio critiques, and consulting regarding concept, design, and distribution.

Questions? Email us at [email protected].

This workshop is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NY City Council.