May & June 2021 Updates

A few words from Katie… We’ve had such a busy couple of months! I can’t believe we’re one year old already. I know I go on about it all the time, but that’s because I am truly blown away by all of the support and love you continue to show us. Starting this company during […]

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2020 – 2021 Annual

When the Coin-Operated Press team sat down to go through all of our previous zines we were so surprised to see just how much we have achieved as a company in our first year, especially considering we launched Coin-Operated Press at the beginning of a global pandemic! One year later we are beginning to see […]

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April 2021 Updates

A few words from Katie… I am always so thankful for our blog and Youtube videos – they are a wonderful archive of all of our adventures! And April was full of them – it was an absolute whirlwind!  Coin-Operated Press were part of Glasgow Zine Library’s Zine Fest, which was amazing. I was proud […]

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VLOG: December 2020

Welcome to our December 2020 updates! We hope you had a fantastic festive season, and we want to wish you the happiest of new years! We hope 2021 is treating you well! In today’s vlog, we will be travelling back in time a little, and sharing with you all the wonderful things we got up […]

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How To: Make Plectrum Earrings

In this tutorial, Chloe will take you through the step-by-step process of transforming your plectrums into earrings! This is such a fantastic project to upcycle your old plectrums, as well as making cool and unique jewellery easily and cheaply. This is a beginner’s level tutorial, and you will only need a few simple tools and […]

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How To: Fold a Mini-Zine

In this tutorial, Chloe will take you through the step-by-step process of making a mini-zine from a single sheet of paper. Mini-zines are a staple in all zine-maker’s repertoires, and they make for a great introduction for those just starting out in the world of zines. This is a beginner’s level tutorial, and you will […]

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A Brief History of Zines

Zines as we commonly conceive them, have been around since 1776 when Thomas Paine self-published ‘Common Sense’ to promote ideas that contributed to the United States War for Independence. However, it could be said that zines existed – in a loose form – much earlier than that. They can arguably be traced back to when […]

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Welcome to Coin-Operated Press!

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 zines. What is a zine? A zine is a booklet-style artwork that you make yourself, and give away, […]

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