HOLD FAST Zines

On the coldest weekend in February, Eastern Edge opened its doors to the community for our first-ever zinefest.

Like many artist-run centres, we sometimes run up against the public perception that a certain degree of fanciness, or a particular arts background, is required to participate in our programs. But over the course of the weekend, we welcomed a steady stream of new faces: artists and community members of all ages who had braved the cold to come spend time with us and engage in joyful, low-stakes creative play.

HOLD FAST Zines brought together local artists, poets, creatives, and community members for two days of free programming and creativity. Half our space was dedicated to a zine market, where zinesters and community partners could share and sell their work. In lieu of any tabling fees, participants were asked to donate a zine to the Eastern Edge art library, and another to a mail exchange, which was sent to Corner Brook.

In the other half of the space, we hosted hands-on zinemaking, demos, live screenprinting, workshops, an open mic, and art socials. Groups of friends or parents and children gathered around tables full of collage supplies, donated by Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries. We also set aside a Cozy Corner, where participants could browse through zines from the EE archive.

 

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The following zines were created by Eastern Edge staff for HOLD FAST Zines 2023, and are formatted for print. Enjoy!

About EE Zine: This one-page mini-zine by Ash Hemmings is an endearing introduction to Eastern Edge’s space and our staff.

Quick Tips for Tabling at a Zinefest: This one-page mini-zine by Elijah Martel provides helpful hints for artists new to tabling.

F(ine) Art by EE Staff Colouring Book & Zine: A deeply silly collaborative effort by EE Staff, in which we attempt to recreate famous works of art by drawing them with our non-dominant hands. Can be enjoyed on its own or as a colouring book. Print at 8.5×11″, double-sided, flipping on the short side.

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