A Mix & Match Zine #1: Serendipity
I thought it would be fun to put together a kind of group zine, with contributions from, well, as many people as want to play. If it seems popular/goes well, I will run it as a regular swap, with different themes. This is how it works:
The idea is that you will create 2 double-sided zine pages for each of your partners. Because you have 4 partners, you will receive 8 zine pages back (16pp) by the end of the swap, which you can then bind together to make a 20pp zine (including your own pages) to keep for yourself. Because partners are assigned at random, each person will end up with a slightly or completely different combination of pages from every one else, including a random mix of styles, images, projects, opinions - whatever your partners happen to have included in their pages. (We could maybe do a subsequent swap exchanging copies of the completed random zines resulting from this one – what do you think?)
- 4 partners = 2 double-sided pages each sent to 4 partners, and 8 different double-sided pages received (2 each from 4 partners)
- To start off this 'series', and to celebrate its eclectic mix & match style, the theme for your zine pages is 'Serendipity'. This can be interpreted however you like, using whatever medium, style etc you like. Just images, just text, or a combination of both is fine.
- Create 2 different double-sided quarter-size/A6* zine pages for each of your partners. (It would be easiest to copy your pages for each partner, but if you want to do something different or add personalised artwork for each partner, that's up to you.)
- Individual pages may be printed from your pc, photocopied original work, or individually hand-finished – sender's choice. It must, however, be your own unique work, not cut-and-pasted from another zine, book, blog etc.
- It is up to you whether you make each page complete in itself, if you create 2 'double-page spreads', or if you create one 'feature' that encompasses all 4 pages.
- Leave a margin of approx. 1cm along the side of your pages, so there is enough room for your partner to bind her finished zine together.
- Add your name and/or user name somewhere on each of your pages, so that you will always be credited for your work (for example, if the pages are reproduced in a future group zine swap).
- Use thick paper or thin cardstock for your pages, so that your work is photocopiable without the reverse showing through. If you only have thinner paper, or want to use it for aesthetic reasons, make 4 single-sided pages, instead of 2 double-sided pages. (This requirement is in anticipation of a future swap where we will trade copies of the Mix & Match zines.)
The obvious bit
You already had to have a rating of 4.9+ with no recent no-sends, 1s or 3s to join this group anyway, so the same stands for this swap. But I will still double-check before assigning partners, so if you have what you feel is an unfair comment or rating, just PM me & we can try to work it out. :-)