27 November 2012

Fanzine Ynfytyn 19

Fanzine Ynfytyn 19- emmajanefalconer.com 
 
I've got a new zine! It's been a bit of a break since the last one, because I was so busy. I've got 2 more that aren't quite finished, but should be out soon too.
 
 24 pages 1/4 sized purple paper 
November 2012 
* Glasses wearing & colour blindness 
* Bulgaria 
* Polenta cake recipe 
 
£0.80 + postage from my website 
 
 
fanzine ynfytyn 19- emmajanefalconer.com
 
 fanzine ynfytyn 19- emmajanefalconer.com

How I make my zines

This is how I personally make my zines. There's no right or wrong way (aside from doing things like accidentally making it unreadable once photocopied or forgetting about your margins and cutting off half the text). If you want a more in-depth guide to all things zine-related, I can recommend Stolen Sharpie Revolution. You can see all the back issues of my zines on my website.

What I put in them:

notebooks
I have these two notebooks. The small one is for jotting down ideas. When I think of things, it's usually not when I have the time to actually make them. If I don't write them down, I tend to forget.

24 November 2012

Et tu, pipio?

pigeon no text 
Last March, I drew these fat pigeons for Moogie Wonderland's Ides of March event. I did a silhouette projection about Julius Caesar, and made some fortune telling games based on the Roman practices of divining by watching birds or inspecting livers. The birds read "turn me over for your fortune", and were hung up with strings around the room (you can see that version here). The fortunes were mostly as many bad puns as I could think of about the Romans. Stuff like "you'll have some jam for tea" or "there's no place like Rome". (The Moogie people love bad puns). I wrote about it at the time.
 
I meant to scan the bird design at the time too, but I forgot, and then couldn't find the bird I'd kept. It turned up yesterday in the folder full of boring stuff like tax documents. Not a place I often look if I can help it.

23 November 2012

Airmail fabric

airmail scan

I designed some airmail/penpal themed fabric using some of the same artwork as the patches, and it's available to buy on Spoonflower. They have various different fabric options, but I recommend the Kona cotton for this design, a smooth, medium-weight cotton. This is a scan of the actual fabric.

21 November 2012

Golden Hands Monthly

I got this stack of 70s craft magazines in a junk shop in Devizes a few years ago. That place was amazing, a multi-floored cavern of junk. It's gone now, I think. Here's some photos.There's the usual ultra-cheesy raffia work projects and crocheted plant holders and so on, but the clothes patterns are actually mostly pretty nice, which is why I bought the magazines. What I've scanned is a mix of nice things and weird stuff though. I also couldn't scan double page spreads very easily, because the binding on the magazines is dodgy, and I didn't want to pull them about too much in case they broke. These issues are from 1972 and 1973. I have another issue from 1976, but it's printed on much cheaper paper (the paper quality wasn't sterling to begin with) and the contents are pretty dull.
 
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20 November 2012

Printable Castle

I drew this castle that you can cut out and fold. There are two pdf versions for A4 paper and US Letter. By the way, it's deliberately trapeze shaped rather than rectangular, so if you make it, don't worry about one side being longer. 
Printable castle  
You can download the pdf in A4 or US Letter sizes here.

19 November 2012

Endless card

 
This was something I made as development work on my MA, and never finished. It's an endless card. Basically you cut four rectangles of card, and fold and glue them in such a way that you create a card that opens to reveal another opening, which then opens to another, and so on. You get four different pictures that open up. There's a tutorial to make one here.
 
I went to a workshop where they showed you how to make them, and the woman running it had made a very nice card of the story of Dorian Grey. I decided to make my own as part of the storyboarding process for my project, in this case the story of the sirens. Once I'd glued the outside on though, I realise that the cardboard I'd chosen for the base was far too thick, so I didn't do the interior in the end. Even with two sides covered, the back stopped meeting, as you can see in the second picture. What you can see is the first and last picture of the story. The inside had the sirens flying down, and then you opened it to Orpheus playing his harp. The artwork would never have stayed flat though. I made it with various kinds of metallic paper, and posca markers. The text is a print out of the script I was using. I'll make another some time, with much thinner card.
 
It's a difficult thing to scan, because the paper is metallic, and it's coated with a layer of glittery glaze. It wasn't originally meant to be glittery, it's just that when I tested a small sample, the plain glaze made the ink run, yet the glittery version didn't, and I don't know why. I needed to put something over the paper to make sure that the edges stayed down when you opened it, so I went with the glitter.
. endless card 1
endless card 2

17 November 2012

Visual Diary


As part of my MA, we were required to keep a creative diary keeping track of the professional practice lectures, research, reading, exhibition visits and general inspiration. I finally got around to scanning some of the one from my second year. In the first year I used blog posts for the same purpose, but I felt the need later on for a physical record.

It's a 1/4 sized sketchbook with pictures printed out onto cheap supermarket photo paper. I started colouring in the pages with indian ink because the printer ink kept rubbing off the cheap photo paper and leaving grubby marks on the opposite page. That'll teach me for not buying the original cartridges or paper, I guess.

I just scanned the odd page here and there, chosen almost at random, because I filled up all 100 pages over the course of the year, and I doubt anyone here has the patience to look at all one hundred. The lectures we had were more about artists discussing their work and the path of their career than information that had to be written down for later learning, so I got into the habit of only jotting down phrases that caught my attention and encouraged further thought for my own work.

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Inside cover. The b&w passport photo is one of many I took in Vienna, where they have quite a few old-fashioned photobooths that only cost €2 a go. I'm holding a bag of Schokobananen, an austrian sweet that it seems only me and austrian people like. They're foam/gummy bananas covered in dark chocolate. I love T.S.Eliot's poetry, but I'm not keen of what I've read of his politics.

16 November 2012

Write More Letters patches- now for sale

Write more letters patches 
Some of the patches I made sold already, so I printed some more to sell online. I made my peace with the fact that screen-printing without the proper equipment and the screen just resting on some newspapers is never going to produce perfect results. The patches are available in blue or black on my website for £2 each + postage. The postage is calculated by weight, and has 3 zones: UK, Europe/Turkey/Russia & CIS/Israel, and Everywhere Else. I also listed the last few editions of some risograph prints I did while on my MA.

08 November 2012

Write more letters

patches small 
 
Today I screen-printed some patches. When I've done screen-printing before it's been with proper facilities, not on my dad's newspaper-covered kitchen table, with a cheap kit I got in the clearance sale, so I was a bit nervous. Preparing the screen and printing is a lot more fiddly when you don't have a light table, spray washer or anything to rest the print on except a piece of cardboard. I thought that I'd messed up my screen when I was rinsing the emulsion after exposing it, and the water suddenly turned hot. A small amount of emulsion did come off, but it was small enough to fix with some masking fluid. 
 
The main problem was actually when it came to printing. The fabric ink that came with the set kept drying on the screen in seconds, and I had to wash it twice to stop the prints going faint. I had a fair few rejected patches that were too light or had a faint corner. These ones are for my friend Tukru to take for a stall she's doing on Sunday. I kept the artwork on the screen, so next week I'll get some better quality ink (probably in a different colour, I used blue because it's what I had) and print lots more. They will be available to buy mail order at £2+postage, along with any leftovers from Sunday.

04 November 2012

Effecting my disguise

Last Saturday me & Tukru decided to go to a party on a boat at the last minute. I saw that a friend of mine, Rob Bidder, who I hadn't seen in person for a looong time, was doing some music at the event, and it would be good to see him, and the party looked like fun anyway. Being on a boat, and near Hallowe'en, the dresscode was aquatic, so I had to come up with something to wear in an afternoon (and Tukru in even less time). Good old Costumes for Plays and Playing came to the rescue. A fish hood/cape with scales for me, and a button-on mermaid tail for Tukru.
 
laid out fabric 
I got some offcuts of fishy fabric, sequinned trim and some eyes from a local fabric shop. Total about £7. There's 50cm of the sequinned stuff, and 25cm of the other stuff. 
 
Fish 2 
 
I cut a vague semi-circle of the silver fabric. 
 
 Fish 3 
 
Then I cut rows of scallop-shapes of the gauzy fabric, and sewed them on. That gauzy stuff is a complete bugger to work with in small shapes. Then I sewed the sequin trim around the top edge, and the bias binding around the bottom edge, and then fixed the eyes on either side. I didn't use the blue lace trim in the end.
 
The whole effect was more glam-rock than I'd intended. I then wore my sailor dress and a silver lurex cardigan with it. I thought I had more photos of the costume actually on, but this is the only (not very good) photo of it. 
 
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Costumes for Plays and Playing

cover of Costumes for Plays and Playing by Gail E Haley 
 
When I was a kid I used to borrow this book again and again from the local library. The first thing I ever sewed myself was from it. A friend of mine at junior school's older sister was in a school play of Toad of Toad Hall, and we went to watch. When you're 7, 13 year olds seem incredibly impressive. What impressed me even more were the weasel costumes. I wanted one for myself. Armed with an offcut of brown fabric and a toy sewing machine I'd got at a bootfair, I made a hood with ears like the ones in the book. It was wonky, and I was a bit ashamed of it though, and wished I knew how to sew straight (looking back, I'm not sure the toy sewing machine was actually capable of a straight seam). My opinion of my sewing projects has improved slightly since. 
 
The book pretty much tells you how to make a costume for most things, mostly made of cardboard, papier maché or fabric things which button on, to save ruining an item of clothing. If you want an entire Tudor costume that buttons onto a t-shirt, and then a game to get you into the mindset of the character it's the book to read. It also has lovely illustrations. It turns out the author is also a children's illustrator. 
 
I couldn't remember the title, and looking on Amazon never gave me much joy, but once I discovered that you could search on the British Library's catalogue with very vague terms (in this case "costume" and published in the 70s or 80s and various other terms like "plays" "children's" etc) and get useful results, it didn't take me long to find, and to purchase a cheap 2nd hand copy online. 
 

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