A zine is a small-print independent publication that stands out because of its non-standard themes, artistic solutions, and DIY aesthetics. This independent way of sharing information is used as a form of activism and art that does not require permission or approval and has no restrictions. A zine can be published by anyone who has something to say or show, and usually the author, editor, illustrator, and publisher are the same person or a small group of people.

Kaunas Artists’ House’s zine workshop begins with leafing through zines made by other people and by finding own ideas because the key here is to have something to say or show. The making of a zine involves different techniques – it can be minimalist, with a handwritten clear message to the readers or it can be a zine full of drawings, collages or newspaper, and magazine clippings. A photography zine is also possible, documenting the workshop itself. This format has no rules, only practical limitations – zines are printed on regular printers, so they are usually black and white. This format allows the most important thing – to leave the workshop with a bundle of your own publications and share with those to whom the authors’ message is important or necessary.

The zine workshop that took place on June 12-18 was attended by two groups of children and youth. You can find their zines at the Kaunas Artists’ House’s Culture Information Center.

The workshop was conducted by:

Inga Navickaitė-Drąsutė (1990) is an illustrator and a graphic designer, who has obtained a BA and an MA in applied graphics at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Kaunas Faculty where, subsequently, she also taught bookbinding and character development. The artist employs both modern technology and classical relief printing techniques. Her illustration often portrays tragicomic and ambiguous situations. The essential guidelines of the illustration involve a relevant message and richness of the mood.

Asta Volungė (1985) curator of Kaunas Artists’ House’s educational program has a Bachelor’s Degree in painting from Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Kaunas Faculty and in alternative pedagogy (DNS, Denmark) as well as experience working with socially vulnerable youth in Denmark. She continued her studies in interdisciplinary master’s program in gender studies (Linkoping, Sweden), is working on gender equality, social justice, and social art and culture projects.

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