Zine Workshop with Squid Squad

Published: 20 May, 2021
Zine Workshop with Squid Squad

Unfortunately we have to cancel Saturday’s zine workshop due to illness! We will return with a new date.

Saturday 29 May 2021, 13:00-16:00
Art Lab Gnesta, 2nd floor

Do you have something you care about that you want to share? Come make some zines with us!

Zines are small, DIY booklets that started to be used in the science fiction fandoms of the 1930s, and exploded during the punk movement of the 1970s and third-wave feminism. As independent, self-published objects that use whatever materials are already available, they encourage different ways of expressing ourselves and reflect deeply democratic and anti-capitalist impulses.

There are no rules for what a zine has to look like or be about: it is about trying things out, caring about something, and sharing it. Zines are playful, chaotic, weird, unpredictable, rebellious and celebratory. Because it can be all of these things at the same time, a zine is a great space for experimenting with new ideas. The format was and is still embraced by activist communities for its subversive potential and its ability to disturb established categories.

At heart, zine culture is about creating supportive networks and encouraging gift-giving, so people can meet, talk, and inspire each other.

If this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about and get involved with, please come join us on May 29th!

The workshop offers you the space and time to start making your own zines. It will be run by Isabelle Ribe, the curating intern at Art Lab Gnesta. She has worked with zines in the past, and has lots to share about zine culture and history, and different zine-folding and -binding techniques. You will be able to keep your zines or distribute them, and start a collaborative zine library at Art Lab Gnesta.

The workshop is free, and will be run mostly in English.
All materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own sources of inspiration/preferred materials if they wish.

If you are interested in joining, please DM or email: isabelle.g.ribe@gmail.com.

Squid Squad is for you if you are between about 13-25 years in or around Gnesta and interested in climate issues and art.


“While other media are produced for money or prestige or public approval, zines are done (…) for love: love of expression, love of sharing, love of communication. And in protest against a culture and society that offers little reward for such acts of love, zines are also created out of rage.”
– Stephen Duncombe, Notes from the Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture, 2009.