Coin-Operated Press is an artist-led organisation established in 2020. We are based in Scotland and run by zine-makers Katie Mayes and Chloe Henderson. We host workshops, run zine fairs, create educational online content, produce, publish, and distribute our own collaborative zines.
What is a zine? A zine is a booklet-style artwork that you make yourself, and give away, swap, or sell for the cost of printing. Zines enable adaptable learning and provide a creative outlet that can be accessed by anyone regardless of experience or skill level. We use our talents to help others to develop their own through the power of collaborative support.
We aim to welcome our own community of an open and fluid collective of people of all genders, sexualities, ages, races, abilities, and backgrounds to get involved in Coin-Operated Press. As a company, we strive to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. We value intersectional feminist culture and are especially interested in working with the LGBTQ + community and marginalised folks.
We believe everybody is an artist, and all you need are the right tools and a little encouragement to have your voice heard in your own handmade publication.
About The Founders
Katie Mayes has been involved in all areas of the creative industries for many years. She gained her Masters in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, in 2018 and has a BA (Hons) in English Literature with Creative Writing from Aberystwyth, University of Wales. She has worked as a manager at Leith Theatre and established her own production company, ‘Aberlesquewyth’, in 2008.
Chloe Henderson is a graduate of the Birmingham School of Jewellery with a Master of Arts Degree with Distinction in Jewellery and Related Products. She previously trained as a jeweller at The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, and graduated with a Bachelors of Design Honours in 2014.
Her work has evolved from etched-metalsmithing inspired by stories, to filmed mockumentaries with goopy blue costumes piped in silicone, to highly patterned illustrations, and zine-making inspired by her experiences with anxiety, feminism, and cats! She is greatly inspired by nerd culture, the human condition, mythological creatures, and anything a little bit fantastical. She has exhibited her work internationally, and frequently tables her art at various markets, festivals, and comic cons.