Coin-Operated Press is a queer-led social enterprise run by Katie McCann and Chloe Henderson. We are based in Scotland, where we host workshops, run zine fairs, create online educational content, and produce, publish, and distribute collaborative zines.
We value intersectional feminist culture and we’re especially interested in working with the LGBTQ + community, and those with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
We welcome 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.
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 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 McCann 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.