An Interview with Leftovers

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“Leftovers from a graphic designer: random graphics, reference images and visual ideas compiled into zines.”

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a graphic designer from Stockholm, Sweden.

What do zines mean to you?

They are a way to create more freely and by chance as opposed to commissioned design which is bound to strategies and guidelines.

How did you first get started with zines?

I found myself with a lot of spare time during the pandemic due to less commissioned work coming in. That gave me the opportunity to try out something that had been in the back of my head for some time.

Tell us about your zines.

My zines are basically compilations of leftovers from my daytime job as a graphic designer; random graphics, reference images and visual ideas transformed into new output of concepts. Any random idea that won’t fit elsewhere fits into the zine format.

What resources do you use to create your zines?

My laptop. I mostly use a professional printing house but sometimes I enjoy doing it hands on; diy-style at the local photo copier place and rocking the long-armed stapler.

Tell us about your zine-making process.

I have a big folder on my computer with files and images that I draw inspiration and ideas from. Most of the times one idea snowballs into the next and all of a sudden I’m halfway through a new zine.

Do you have any advice for newbie zine makers?

  1. Just start – think less, stupid more! Embrace the inevitable imperfections. 

A pro-tip is to weigh a mockup of your forthcoming zine and what you plan to include in your postal sendings. Postage is tied to certain weight limits. I bought like 50 sturdy envelopes only to realize they would double the postage stamp fee.

What is your favourite thing about zine culture?

It’s a nice, open-minded community with a very supportive vibe.

Do you have a favourite zine or zinester?

I never read, I just look at pictures, as Andy Warhol said. I prefer visual, image driven zines. I love the classic photo copy zine aesthetics and diy collages.

Why do you make zines?

Because it’s fun, the fact that no-one actually asked for any of this. There is low-to-none profit in this, yet it’s very rewarding.

Do you have any events, zine fairs, zine launches, or anything else exciting that you would like to tell us about?

I just finished vol. 4 in my ”Kung Fu for Beginners” series and I think I will give that a rest for a while now. I have a couple of ideas for new zines, so stay tuned!

You can check out Leftovers by visiting them on their socials…

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