All these zines were created using the one-sheet comic technique, which is achieved by cutting and folding a single A4 sheet into a booklet of 8 pages including the back and front cover. I took on this project for a number of reasons, but one outstanding reason was to find another way to interact with poetry. This method may not be anywhere near traditional, but it allows for freedom and for intimacy with one poem at a time. Only a few of the designs were premeditated. Most of them were spontaneous designs inspired through experimentation.
- Aspens in Autumn
This poem uses a lot of natural imagery, so I wanted to achieve a “rustic” look for the zine. I kept to neutral tones and created the original out of brown paper and canvas. I typed on the canvas and stripped the edges to give it a clean and frayed look.
- The —– Unicorn OR A History of Mythical Beasts Long Gone
The text in chapbooks (in the 1600s) used to be accompanied by images made from woodcuts. I represented this with illustrations that look like mythical symbols but don’t really represent anything more than what the reader sees in them. The illustrations are the only element I didn’t create myself, they were done by Ugandan artist, Charity Atukunda.
The design for Bloodletting was very spontaneous, created simply out of red ink that I distributed by blowing on the ink. The intensity of red on black reflects the intense and abstract text of the poem.
- Forget (Arua) Remeber (Pakwach).
While most zines were written using a typewriter, this was created entirely on a computer. I used an old painting of mine inside but muted it so as not to distract from the text. The poem is heavy in content and did not need a complicated design.
- Heart of the City
Heart of the City is one of my earliest poems and when I read it, I recall a simpler time in my life. It was a time of discovery and I took to the use of line and colour to express the vibrancy of the time as well as the never-ending nature of discovery.
- Little Deaths
I wanted to play with the idea of containing colour and forcing it to a pattern. Although the book itself looks very playful, it embodies the everyday death of being forced into a pattern or into social norms. Some of the tiles are faded to remind me how easy it is to fade within the confines of society.
- Two RE: Dress
This zine is the second in a series addressing love. I created it to compliment the first in the series which also had natural tones. I used wood shavings to give it a unique texture and a thin paper background.
- SOLD OUT
The entire series of zines was titled after this poem so I wanted it to stand out. I mimicked the stamp that is used on poster when shows are sold out and selected a bold pink. I needed it to stay simple but memorable.
- The Commuters
This is another of my older poems. I selected yellow lines simply to represent movement. It recalls the movement of trains and of the light through the windows.
- The Icarus Sequence
This design of this zine was also created with ink. I lay down blue and black ink and distributed it using the same technique of blowing on the ink. I also used brushstrokes to define parts of the designs. In an abstract way it illustrates the water into which the mythical Icarus would have fallen.
- The Suicide Ward
The design of this zine is meant to recall a hospital ward with its stark lighting and geometric shapes. In a way, it should feel uncomfortable. I selected fluorescent colours in order to juxtapose them against the dark topic.
- with restless & ungoverned rage
This was by far the most experimental of the zines. The title is taken from a very old hymn. I recreated sheet music at the bottom and used punctuation instead of musical notes. I separated the text into red and black to create rhythm in reading, like a song sung in rounds.