When I first heard of the Zine Squad, it sounded to me like the stuff of legend: a group of artists who create one-off zines for individual fellow-artists around themes chosen especially for them. So you might imagine how thrilled I was this summer when I was invited to collaborate with the Zine Squad on an Elements zine for fellow Messian, Serena Kuma.
As you will probably know from many of my other posts, I have been loving all the incredible things I have been learning and experiencing since joining Get Messy at the start of this year. I had heard of collaborations but always felt a bit nervous about joining one. The idea is that several artists work together in one journal around a particular theme. Each artist can work on their own pages, leave backgrounds for other artists to add to, and add to other pages in turn.
I had only ever worked in my own journal and so I felt a bit shy about adding artwork to other artists pages! But it felt good to leave space on a couple of my pages for welcome additions. My first page (on the right, below) was around the theme of the sea, and the way the sunlight sparkles on the waves.
The vibrant page on the left is by Vanessa Oliver Lloyd and together the pages make a really dynamic double spread.
The page above was inspired by grasses and leaves and the idea that nature has it’s own kind of map across the earth. I love how you can see the artwork from the larger pages beneath, peeking through. And the lines of text that are showing are just wonderful. The hand-drawn leaves and the round image of the woman in the leaves were a later addition, perhaps by Katie Smith?
My third page (on the right) explored the element of earth. The crystals were such a great addition (by Katie?) And I love how the page opposite compliments the notion of crystals slowly gathering strength as they form deep within in the earth. I recognise Jules Tea‘s unmistakable and energetic lines (and her handwriting!)
I loved being part of this collaboration. A big thank you to the Zine Squad for inviting me! It was such a great feeling creating something together and knowing that, at the end, a good friend and fellow artist was going to be so happy to receive it.