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Zine Making Workshop [Online]

20th May 2021 @ 10:00 - 15:00

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This online zine making workshop revolves around the idea of junk mail.

This may be interpreted as many different things from pizza vouchers to love letters from your ex – we’re looking closer at the bits and pieces that come through your door, to recontextualise and develop something radically more beautiful.

In preparation for the workshop, you are required to collect junk mail or begin having ideas around the subject. We will be using the junk mail as materials to collage to make new artwork from during the session. The collage material can be authentic or created yourself to use specifically for this workshop. You could create their own sarcastic pizza vouchers, pretend scratch card or range of anarchist themed stamps! It’s entirely up to you, with what you would like to get out of your zine.

In the workshop we will be using this material to create a zine which will be printed using the wonderful process of Risograph! Each participant will recieve their own work as well as a small collection of other peoples taking part in the workshop. 

Once you have signed up you will be given a document with a run through for the day and the materials that you would need to collect ready for the workshop.

This workshop has been kindly funded by Arts Council England, making it free to all participants, as part of the Correspondence Collective Restriction Exhibiton,

Dizzy Ink

Dizzy Ink is a Risograph and screen printing studio based in Nottingham, established by Benjamin Kay and Craig Proud.

Focusing on print production and publication design as well as organising creative workshops, they have an ethos of collaboration and work alongside creatives to help them develop their print projects.

Their signature exhibition Three Months On was on show at Derby's contemporary art space QUAD three months after the 2016 referendum. Combining a series of workshops, curated submissions from both voting demographics and Dizzy Ink’s original designs. Channelling the beauty of hindsight, audiences are encouraged to voice their opinions surrounding the campaigns, the vote and the effects following the referendum Three Months On, through submissions which flow from an E-printer within the space, contributing to the evolving entity as the space develops over the duration of the exhibition as it perpetuates the debate.


10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to Dizzy Ink & Nottingham Zine Library's Craig Proud, who will introduce the format for the day and how to submit your work to the project. During this session you will have time for Questions & Answers and an opportunity to discuss and network with the other participants.

11:00 - 13:30 Taking on board everything that was covered in the morning session, you will work independently, away from your screen to create your work for the zine. By 13:30 you should have your work ready to submit to Craig via email then we will come back online together to discuss the making and share what you have been up to.

14:00 - 15:00 Coming back together to share your makes during the day and asking any further questions to Craig before handing over your images to Craig who will then print your zines using their Risograph and get these sent over to you in the post the following week. Craig will be sharing the printing process via Instagram Live over the remaining afternoon.

We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.

We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.

Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).

All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering

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