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Zine Collaging

One piece in my zine that took the longest to create but is one of my favourite pieces in the ‘ORGANIC’ page. As the brief states we are aloud to use a photocopier in the solar flare, I decided to make my own background design of plants, flowers and leaves that I found around my garden. I put all of these items onto the photocopier and made this collage:

This is the scanned version purely scan-5for blogging my progress on the Zine.

I loved the outcome of this experiment with the different plants from outside as they all worked nicely together, and the burst of pink is also really captivating.

After I photocopied this I wanted to cut into it and make the word organic, so I mounted it to card and roughly sketched the letters on the back in reverse so when I cut each letter out it would read perfectly on the opposite side with the collage.

Here is the process I undertook to create the collage and the final outcome. It did take a long time to create however it was definitely worth it after seeing it finished. I like how it can still be read even without the counters inside the letters which gives it a bold stencil feel, contrasting against the organic shapes and forms collaged behind it.


Another piece of collaging I have done is using a series of letters from different typefaces and crossing them over each other using different textures for each.
IMG_4417.JPGI have also created a small piece of artwork on one page inspired by the work of Richard Hamilton who created a scene from a room with different cut out objects. This is a simplified version for my zine that I thought was different and engaging to look at, and showed the audience that I can create creative collage work.



Creating the Zine

To start of my zine I gathered lots of different resources that I could use, from magazines, newspapers, textures and coloured card, glue, scalpel and a cutting mat. From my research I want to go with a collage style as I think this will give it the personal feel that I want my audience to get from it.

I chose to do my zine about advertising myself as a designer, linking back to the solar flare situation the brief presented us. I wanted to show some of my creativeness and skill inside this so people can hire me to design for them and promote them during the solar flare.

For the front cover I decided to go with a ransom note style effect, cutting out each letter from different typefaces printed in magazines to spell out each word. This creates an interesting style so the reader has to read what it is about. After I created my cover I done a black and white photocopy to see what it would look like, as sometimes in cheap production runs this is how it would be reproduced . The black and white version didn’t have the same bold effect as it is lacking the vibrancy which the original creates.

IMG_4414.JPGThe next thing I have done on my first double page spread of the zine is create a block print of a slab serif A that I cut out of card and then printed across the page using black acrylic paint. I really like the grunge/textured look that the print gives out and works well as a bold opening spread. I also wrote about what the zine was about in the first spread so the reader knew what was going to follow/expect to see.

Collage Artists

I wanted to have a look at a few collage artists as it may inform me of what styles and techniques I can experiment with in my zine. Hannah Hoch was a German Dada artist best known for her photomontages, in which she was one of the originators. Her work often involves people and faces being manipulated to create these interesting, sometimes strong characters.

Richard Hamilton is another well known collage artist who was born in London. ‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so apphamilton_pic_1996547b.jpgealing?’ is a piece of work done by Hamilton that I have seen many times and always find interesting. It has been said to be the first piece of pop art work to achieve ‘iconic’ status.

I like how the artwork looks like it has been cut out from different furniture catalogues and pieced together to create this scene. The collage technique used here is what I want to achieve in my zine by using the same cut out magazine effect.

Zine Ideas

We was set a task to come up with 100 ideas using divergent thinking for our Zine project. I was thinking about the content that could go in the zine, mark making methods and design styles

Blackletter, Calligraphy, block printing, letroset, found letters, water colour, brush lettering, paper engineering, etching, found type rubbings, charcoal, spray paint, stencil, leaves, history of type, what to do in the solar flare, hire me as a designer, collaging, cut out letters, type anatomy, type styles, serif, sans serif, hieroglyphics, car sales zine, shopping zine, what to do with your electronics, solar flare how to guide, mixed media

Bexhill Trip

After looking at Peter Blake’s exhibition of Alphabet, Letters & Numbers we set of around Bexhill to find found type for our Type Tour Posters. There was a lot of interesting places to look for typography in the environment, from the coastline, second hand shops to old pubs. Here is a selection of my photographs from the trip:

Some photos that I thought could work really well as a poster design is the ‘Old Town Preservation Society’ boat that was on the beach. I really like how that image works and the serif typeface and illustration on the side of it is also really interesting.

One of the most boldest photos that I took on the trip was of a garden on the seafront, packed with dynamic, colourful found objects

Peter Blake

At the De La Warr Pavilion there was an exhibition on Peter Blake’s:

 Alphabets, Letters & Numbers

Blake, often quoted as ‘the godfather of British pop art’, said his passion for the alphabet started at Gravesend School of Art, where he had a solid understanding of Graphic Design, but progressed onto painting. He mixed this together and created stunning letterforms. He has created several alphabets ‘related to his enduring interest in childhood innocence and nostalgia, and Victorian and Edwardian graphic illustration’ (

Some of the alphabets are really interesting. I specifically like the found type alphabets such as ‘Alphabet 20’ which looks like found type from house names. The use of 2D and 3D alphabets is something I was aware of. I read that Blake is ‘an obsessive collector ephemera… frequently involves the incorporation of objects from his collections into his artworks’.

Something else that Blake had done that was also caught my eye was his collage work:

dsc_0203These collages don’t only feature different typographic styles but also cut out images for example on the ‘A’ board there was pictures of angels, apples and alligators. Blake also made a  complete alphabet from objects that begin with the corresponding letter which was also interesting to see.

This was all primary research, not only for the Type Tour poster but I could also take inspiration from this for my Zine project.

Below are all of my photos from the exhibition, I think this has really gave me lots of ideas that I can now experiment with for my Zine:

Experimental Type Exercise

In this lesson we experimented with different type forms, looking at negative/positive space by tracing over parts of letters confining them to square boxes. I liked finding out more about the different parts of each letter, for example the counters. It was also interesting how legible the letters were even when we have only took a small part of each letter. Below is the process that I undertook to complete this by hand:

From doing this exercise it gave me a few different poster ideas for my current project. I could use parts of letters on Illustrator and use clipping masks to crop my images into the shapes created.

Here is something quickly created on Illustrator of what I could create:

I have also done a digital copy of the exercise above. Using Illustrator again and clipping masks I confined letters to boxes creating the same effect. It is a lot cleaner looking than before however I enjoyed the process doing by hand and actually tracing over each letters shape.

As you can see the type is instantly recognisable even though I have isolated a lot of each letter. I could also use this techniques in my zine as I think it is really effective at grabbing attention as it’s different to standard typography.

Zine Research

Before creating my zine I wanted to have a look at existing works to see what has been done before and what styles have been used effectively. Here is an example of a real zine that was in production brought in by Sancha:

I think the design of this zine is very powerful, especially the front cover which uses a bold red with black and white imagery and text. This is the first real example of a zine I have seen so it was really useful to look at see what techniques have been used. This copy heavily uses collage throughout which works well as a fan magazine, as it is like a scrap book full of photos and information stuck in. I think I want to experiment with collage within my zine as it gives it the hand made, personal feel that I got from the example above.

Here are a few other examples of zines I found exploring Pinterest. I find interesting the zines that use the collage approach as it really draws your attention in to see what the imagery is conveying. The ‘Revival’ zine (last image) is a bold, punchy design using collage, hand rendered type and subtle uses of bright coloured textures.

How to Research

In todays lesson we looked at how we can research, different methods and how we can use our research to move forward. We firstly looked at the difference between Primary Sources and Secondary Sources.  Primary research is from first hand accounts and original artefacts such as visiting a museum or galleries and looking at original paintings. Secondary sources are researching from online sources, print, film or audio. We use a lot of secondary sources at home, for example before buying a new car we research online about it.

There is also qualitative and quantitive research. Quantitive is based on numbers or quantity – statistics, surveys, charts, graphs, mathematical and numerical. Qualitative research is based or appreciation, value or quality.  It can also be from results from experiments or prototypes, surveys and focus groups.

Through your research you should aim to be more objective and less subjective. Objective is where you state something that is true and back it up with why people would agree with you. Subjective is where you state something you think and what you feel about it. When researching you have to be open to anything, as research can come from anywhere.

Applying this to my project I can use this information when going on my trip through Tonbridge. I will be able to get primary research from this that I can then draw conclusions from prior to the Bexhill trip.