Discovery Workshop—Making Zines with Kate Bingaman-Burt & IPRC

Written by Chloe Miller

An affable, colorful and hardworking force in Portland’s design community, Kate Bingaman-Burt needs little introduction. In addition to her work as a graphic design instructor at Portland State University and an integral member of Design Week Portland, she also finds time for client work and personal projects. Her daily drawing project, which ran from 2003-2013 resulted in the book Obsessive Consumption, and she is most recently drawing other people’s plants. Kate’s illustrations have been commissioned by Chipotle, Bedsider, car2go, Good magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

We are thrilled to have Kate lead us in our final workshop of the year, with our community partner the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). Come spend a Saturday morning exploring zines as a medium and create your own using IPRC’s tools and resources. Kate will also be bringing a selection from her personal zine collection, and we will be able to peruse the extensive zine library of IPRC as well. If you are a designer, illustrator, doodler, writer, printer or otherwise, this workshop will be a great opportunity to explore how you can print and publish your work in this small, easily shareable format.

When: Saturday, November 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division Street

Price: $20, includes supplies, a zine from Kate and coffee (generously donated by Stumptown)

Registration is open now.

Kate answered some questions about zines:

Wikipedia describes a zine as “small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier”. What would you add to that?

Zines give you a platform for your ideas. You are the author, editor, art director and publisher. BOOM! the power! (use it for good, not evil, please).

What sparked your interest in zines?

I have been a paper hoarder from WAY back. I grew up in a super small town, but I traveled quite a bit with my parents. When I was 13 I visited my first independent record store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There had a rack of zines and I was hooked. I don’t think I knew they were zines though…they were just really interesting and super affordable books and I wanted to buy them all. I didn’t make my first zine until my second year of college, however. I started making zines on the regular when I started my Daily Drawing project in 2006 and I haven’t stopped. I am planning a big monthly zine project for 2015. I AM ADDICTED!

Why is a zine a great platform for an illustrator or designer? What makes them accessible?

It’s an excellent way to share your visual work, writing, fully formed drawings, beginnings of ideas, half baked ideas and possibly even BRILLIANT ideas. I hand out zines instead of business cards…more fun to share and less awkward than being like, OH, can I give you my card? It’s more like: OH, hey! I would love to give you my zine. Everyone wins.

Our partners at the IPRC answered some questions about their space.

What makes the IPRC a great resource for illustrators and designers who want to print/publish their work?

The IPRC is a truly unique organization in that we provide all the resources, tools and materials for making print media. We have a letterpress print shop, a screenprinting shop, a bindery and a Mac computer lab with all of the latest Creative Suites Design software. We are also a 501(c)3 nonprofit so we are accessible in terms of pricing and offer outreach to various groups.

Tell me about the IPRC’s zine library.

Our zine library was started in 1998 and we have over 10,000 catalogued and circulating. We have another 15-20k zines that are not yet catalogued. Our library is the largest zine library in North America and second largest in the world (there is one larger in France)

The IPRC maintains a library of self-published and independently produced materials. Items are available to the public for circulation and for reference use. The library contains materials that are not otherwise represented in public libraries and that may be lost forever without our efforts. Located on the shelves are comics, chap books, novels, catalogs, zines, artists’ books, and more. A comprehensive reference section includes artists books, guides, criticism, history and how-to information available to examine and use in the library. Additionally, all materials produced in whole or part at the IPRC are archived as part of this collection.

When: Saturday, November 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division Street

Price: $20, includes supplies, a zine from Kate and coffee (generously donated by Stumptown)

Registration is now open.