Kendal Zine Fest
'Celebrating self-publishing, affordability and inclusivity'
A festival showcasing zine makers, illustrators and local creators in Kendal. Started in 2022, we held our first event on the 10th of December 2022 in Kendal Town Hall and our second on the 29th of July 2023. With over 18 zine creators and artists, two zine-making workshops, a talk on the History of Zines and dance performances, suffice it to say we had an absolute blast. Thank you to everyone who attended!
We're looking to make the next KZF even bigger so please keep an eye out for posts about this!
We're also running a Zine Fest in Carlisle on the 4th of November in collaboration with StArt Studios. The application form for this has just dropped so get yer application in soon!
We had twenty artists, a few delicious workshops and a talk on The History of Zines by Nick Gonzo planned for you on the day. Above are just eighteen of the wonderful creatives that attended Kendal Zine Fest on the 29/7/23.
BEARDED HORSE - @beardedhorse - www.beardedhorse.com
'Hello, my name is Sean. I'm an indie artist on instagram under the name Beardedhorse, as well as a Mathematician, Dungeon Master, Writer, and silly human being. I could say I first started drawing in order to process the trauma of a dramatic and messy break-up, but the truth is I've been quietly creative my whole life. What I've always wanted is to be able to tell stories and while I first started my instagram page with sad, angsty drawings to vent my low mood and anxiety, the real spark of ignition was when I decided to tell the story of aforementioned dramatic breakup'
FOOTPRINT WORKERS COOPERATIVE - @footprintworkerscoop - www.footprinters.co.uk
'Your friendly neighbourhood riso-happy radical printers from Leeds. WE ARE A WORKERS COOPERATIVE. This is great! It means our business is owned by the workers, and here at Footprint we have no boss, managers, or structural hierarchy'
GUY PARSONS - @gui_parsons - guyparsonsillustration.com
'My name is Guy Parsons, my practice centres around British wildlife, folklore and introspective narrative; a lot of my work is print and analogue based. I also have a few objects and hand-made bric-a-brac'
BRODIE PRINTS - @brodie__prints
Brodie creates a selection of beautiful lino prints, zines and illustrations. She is an illustration student at the university of Edinburgh. Consisting of black line illustrations and printmaking, her style concentrates on character design and interactions with nature.
GEORGIE MAC - @hellogeorgiemac
'I am a non-binary visual artist based in Glasgow. I make zines that explore the realms of hyper-niche fan art and mythology. My work is full of hybrid animals, fearsome fungi, and Fine Art Furbys. I focus on pen and ink drawing, accompanied with original text and story. I LOVE to print my work using Risograph! Which combines beautifully dreamy colour overlays, with the excitement and unpredictability of traditional printing methods. My Riso-printed Ghost Zine was a bestseller at last year’s Glasgow Zine Fest. I would love the opportunity to expand the reach of my work beyond Scotland, and bring my zines to Kendal'
NEW WORLD SOUL - @newworldsoul
'A collection of the finest aliens, animals and artists known to man. New World Soul issue #1 is the product of a billion years of evolution, hand made by chimps using a mixture of faecal matter and pure gold. New World Soul guarantees sunshine 24/7 and is endorsed by your Grandma. Please pay in bitcoin or Jesus shaped foods'
0.08 IMPRINTS - @0.08imprints - www.008imprints.co.uk
'My name is Michael and for the last year I have been running 0.08 imprints, a publishing collective based in Manchester. Zines, photo books, conversations, let's make something together'
PART TIME PUNK PRESS - @parttimepunkpress
'Leeds based zine maker, book enthusiast and collage artist. Big fan of a laser printer'
'A bit weird and sexy'
PENDLECORE - @pendlecore
'Melding the allure of Witchcore, the grubbiness of Naturecore, the depth of Dark Academia and the enchantment of Cottagecore: Pendlecore brings the magic, history and spirit of Pendle to life through story, arts and a deep bond with the natural world'
EMILY FORD ILLUSTRATION - @emilyfordillustration - emilyfordillustration.wordpress.com
'Emily Ford is an illustrator from Cumbria. She has illustrated several children's books including Stanley and the Dragon by Kate Howard, The Woodcutter's Tale by Carol Florence (Ragged Bears 2019) and Aife and Stray: Seven Style Secrets for a Perilous Party by Steve Westgarth (Troika Books 2019). She also wrote and illustrated Moonsong; an illustrated comic book of her own moon-inspired fairytale.
She currently lives by the seaside where she draws inspiration from the local landscape of the Solway Firth and its folklore'
FOLDED ZINE - @foldedzine - foldedzine.com
'Folded' is a space to share, connect and uplift - created by and for young people in Kendal and the South Lakes. It was started out of a desire to create a collaborative and creative collective between young people. The idea behind Folded is to show the work of, and build a community of writers, artists, actors, musicians and makers alike. We think it's time the mic was passed to the creators of the Rural North. Folded is a strand of the FOLD, a project which use co-design principles with an aim to encourage participation, empower, share knowledge and build collaborations. The FOLD is made possible by commissioning from Great Place Lakes and Dales "one of 16 National schemes placing art, heritage and culture at the heart of our future and at the centre of Grasmere - Skipton corridor"
NICK GONZO - @thenickgonzo - thenickgonzo.bigcartel.com
'What is a Zine? Where do they come from? Who makes them? What are they for?
In an hour Nick Gonzo, zine maker and creator of the `Leeds based social club Zineophilia will attempt to cover all of these subjects as well as talk at length on a number of tangents surrounding the social history of zines.
Starting with the invention of the printing press and ending about five minutes before the presentation begins we will chart the movement of the zine through time and bring together Mr `Spock, Atheism, Russian literature, punk rock, the Harlem Renaissance, Mr Natural the Naturist, Bratmobile, and Naruto.
Content Warning; as we will be discussing history, especially relating to under represented and minority culture, there will be minor mentioning of racism, sexism, and homophobia'
DELIGHTFUL ZINES - @delightfulzines - dottydelightful.com
'I am a full time artist and seasonal and cyclical publication maker, I have a BA hons degree in fine art and facilitate a membership called Wild Creative Woman. I love to help women by moving towards, living the life of our dreams, and through playing, creating and growing in all sorts of authentic ways.
I love to inspire and encourage people to see the magic everywhere, even in seemingly mundane moments. I know deep in my heart that everyone has the chance to live a most wonderful life full of joy, love and ease, including YOU!
By sharing, through creativity, words and nature, I intend to help you see, hear and feel the magic all around us and realise the magic that is already inside you.
Everything we need comes from nature, it is good for our wellbeing and mental health, it is a healer, a guide, it is the centre of all life. Some people have become detached from nature, and I feel it is my mission to help people become connected again'
GEORGE COLLINS - @georgecollinsphoto - georgecollins.photo
‘George Collins (b. 1993) is a photographer based in Cumbria, United Kingdom. He has been involved in several group and solo shows in the UK and abroad. His work is held in several private collections. His writing about photography has been published on international blogs. George teaches both analogue and digital photography to adults and young people’
JO COLLIER - @massdecoration
'I am pretty new to zine making and this would be my first experience of tabling at a ZineFest. The zines I make are very much in the DIY-style as my interest is more about making a zine to explore an idea or personal experience for myself. I have recently started to make fabric collage zines which explore an emotion through abstract patches of fabric. I have also begun to learn how to print with the intention of including this within my zines. I am interested in using the print techniques to overprinting images to create a layering of related and unrelated images. If offered the opportunity to table to Kendal Zine Festival I will bring fabric zines. I also expect by the time of the Kendal Zine festival that I will have made zines that incorporate my new skills in printing to explore ideas through collage of images’
MOON SQUID INK - @moonsquidink - moonsquid.ink
'I am a watercolour comic and picture book maker, with original pieces, prints, plush toys, pins, stickers, and bags!’
AUTUMN ILLUSTRATION - @autumn.illustration - autumnillustration.com
‘I am a freelance illustrator, printmaker and creator from Kendal in The Lake District, England.
I am primarily a black-line, pen and ink illustrator, who uses fine liners to create my illustrations. I have recently delved into the world of digital art, using Procreate to produce my work. My inspiration comes from the people that I have met over the years while travelling and also the beauty and complexity of nature'
Instead of following the mainstream education route, I spent some time hitching around protest sites and communities across the UK, living in various dwellings such as vans, benders, buses, treehouses, and caravans. While in these spaces I was away from the confines of technology and used my days creatively: cooking, drawing, and gardening. The people I met over those years have all inspired my illustrations in one way or another: be it the characters themselves or the ability to draw organically’
With special last-minute guests:
THE ABSURDATORY - @the_absurdatory - ko-fi.com/the_absurdatory
'Vomiting my mind on to whatever presents itself to me'
N.A.T.B - @_n.a.t.b_
'NOT ANOTHER TRIBUTE BAND - A free publication dedicated to ORIGINAL music in and around Carlisle'
Photographs courtesy of @S00pky
Thanks for applying to be involved in the next Kendal Zine Fest! Applications are now closed.
If you want to share a stall with a friend (2x half stalls) then please mention the friend you wish to share with in the notes on this form.
Half stalls are £10 each (80x80cm)
Full stalls are £20 each (160x80cm)
The stall fee, once confirmed and paid is NON-REFUNDABLE
If you have any further questions or if I have missed anything off please don’t hesitate to email me at: Hello@autumnillustration.com
Thank you for your application. You will hear back from us a couple of weeks after the closing date (1/5/23)