“AberZines is a new community zine project starting up in Aberdeen, Scotland. We take submissions from the public and the zines feature a range of topics important to the local community. The project was set up to target loneliness and isolation and provide a supportive and encouraging space for people of all skill levels to showcase their artwork, writing, photography and more. AberZines also feature community projects and activities happening in Aberdeen, along with promoting zine and DIY culture!”
Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
AberZines is a new community zine based in Aberdeen Scotland. We want to feature submissions from the local community and at the moment we design, print, and assemble the zines from home. We also like to hide zines around Aberdeen!
We are working with a support group to get AberZines off the ground and we have many goals to promote zine culture within the North East of Scotland through ideas such as publishing a community zine and hopefully setting up an Aberdeen Zine Library.
What do zines mean to you?
Zines are an alternate form of communication to show what often is not covered in typical media. They are a way to connect with a variety of people and cultures in a range of different and very interesting formats!
How did you first get started with zines?
Abby: I’ve always been into making little folded books and over lockdown discovered the world of zines and instantly wanted to get involved. As a child, I had a few pen-pals, and I’ve been loving reliving the nostalgia of that through preparing nice little packages to send out through zine swaps.
Arri: I was introduced to zines at college and designed a photography/cat zine.
Tell us about your zines.
We want our zines to feature submissions on a range of topics from the people of Aberdeen and surrounding areas. We want to showcase the range of creative and interesting ventures that people in the community are involved in.
What resources do you use to create your zines?
We like to use free and open-source software to make our zines as we believe art should be for all and we use laser printers as cartridges last longer than inkjet. We like to hand finish the zines with stickers and stamps after printing. When we are doing art drops, we usually include zines of different topics and sizes to promote the variety within zine culture.
Tell us about your zine-making process.
We use a few different programs to complete each page, but mostly start in Electric Zine Maker as it contains many different zine templates to get going!
Do you have any advice for newbie zine makers?
Just go for it, if you like it there will definitely be someone else out there who will like it too!
What is your favourite thing about zine culture?
The variety of zines and the philosophy behind them. We are into DIY culture and love the personality and platform that zines offer.
Do you have a favourite zine or zinester?
One of our favourite zines is a mini one we found in the streets of Aberdeen when we were just starting out, but we have no idea who made it. It gave us motivation and a confidence boost to keep going, and that maybe our idea wasn’t silly!
Why do you make zines?
It gives us a chance to experiment and be creative. We thought a community zine would be a good idea to spread a bit of love and appreciation for all sorts of ventures that locals get up to.
Do you have any events, zine fairs, zine launches, or anything else exciting that you would like to tell us about?
We contributed to a DOCMA film for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. DOCMA films made up of 5 filmmakers who contribute 1 minute each, to form a 5-minute documentary. This year’s festival theme was “Normality”, and our short piece features the assembling process of one of our zines on this theme.
We would also love to trade zines with anyone, and we are always open to submissions on a whole range of things from anyone in NE Scotland!
You can check out AberZines by visiting them on their socials…