Zines – Week 1

Research

fanzine noun. a small-circulation magazine produced by amateurs for fans of a specific interest, pop group, etc.

Reading through a couple of websites, the idea I got about fanzines is that it usually goes against the mainstream in terms of the kind of messages conveyed or the visual style of magazine. It is also made in smaller numbers, mainly for a community or subculture of people.

I have always wanted to know more about the indian design space right now, as I only know of few indian designers, and I based this research around indian designers and design field.

  1. Zeroxwala zine

https://homegrown.co.in/article/801496/these-10-indian-zines-deserve-a-spot-on-your-bookshelf

The designers used a lot of interesting formats to make zines. A really cool project was the ‘Zeroxwalah'(Photocopied) zine. A Bombay Duck Designs initiative, Zeroxwalah takes you on a nostalgic journey to the days to the ‘zeroxwalah’ – photocopy shops. Focusing on the ones in Fort, Mumbai, this ‘fanzine’ is like an ode to the unmistakable smell, warm-to-the-touch xerox papers in a kind of simulation of the physical experience of going to the shop. The stark colour palette and fragmented style of the zine pays tribute to this distinct culture and the city.

2. Oh Nari so sanskari! (oh woman, so cultured!)

https://homegrown.co.in/article/801249/this-zine-is-challenging-societal-norms-with-women-from-indian-mythology

Hindu mythology celebrates victory over defeat. It celebrates Ram’s win over Ravan, Krishna’s win over Kamsa, the Pandava’s win over the Kauravas. Despite the incredibly powerful female characters that Hindu mythology holds within its words, these characters are often ignored.The underrepresentation of female characters in Hindu epics like the Mahabharata is being constantly targeted, and Annushka Hardikar, explores this topic in this zine.

3. Curry

http://www.thehindu.com/books/in-the-zine-of-things/article20507358.ece

The fashion graduate from the London School of Fashion (with a specialisation in publishing) conceptualised it in her final year — a zine that would represent the modern side of India through bold visuals. “I wanted to build a crossover product, where both sides could feed off from,” says Dalmia, who launched the first issue of Curry (“called so, because it is the most popular Indian takeaway in London”) in February this year.

Curry: Taste will be an evolved interpretation of flavourful cross – collaborations, gender ambivalence, socio – cultural potpourri, art extravagance and more of its beautiful chaos.

One of the opening pieces of the magazine is a collage series by artist Lia Surely. Surely creates witty works that present India’s favourite comfort foods, and include a boy skating on a chip, and another meditating on a pile of breads (above). The series sets the context for the rest of the pieces in the magazine; bold, humorous and surprising for those whose notions of India have been misinformed by Western media.

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