Photo: Matsu Photography
Thank you to the 200+ people who climbed Paper Mountain to participate in the inaugural Let Them Eat Zines festival, a day of all things handmade and DIY. The weekend is over and we are still amazed and excited about how everything went, and extremely touched by all the encouragment and support we have received along the way. Our fondest thanks to stallholders, our volunteers, guest speakers and musicians. Thank you also to Matsu Photography for the truly wonderful documentation of this beautiful day.
The Perth Zine Collective would also like to thank the kind people who let us borrow their astroturf; all the organisations that helped to promote this event like Paper Mountain, Great About Perth and RTRfm; and all the zinesters in the world, whose ingenuity and courage inspire us daily. See you next year?
More pictures of the day are available here, and another version of this post is available here.
Here is David Craft opening the festival with his voice that is deeper than the ocean. He was accompanied by Pippa Lester (pictured) and Skye. Photo: Matsu Photography
These are just some of the many fine wares from our stallholders! Aunty Mabel was delighted to be in the company of Rebecca Crane, Sticky Carpet, Format, Fergus & Friends, Sticky Institute, Jenii Scott, Shiritori Press, Lost in the Suburbz, Sylvia Shrewsbury, Niina Aoki, ARTillery and PEAC. Photos: Matsu Photography
Taking us into the afternoon was Amanda Merdzan, who is sweeter than sunshine. Photo: Matsu Photography
Below the stairs in a dark seedy corner, Steve titillated adult visitors with a sexy zine peepshow. It wasn’t very steamy because that would have harmed the zines, but it was pretty hot. Photo: Sj Finch
If all that excitement got one’s pulse racing too much, visitors could retreat to the courtyard, browse our zine library, and make a zine! Photo: Emiko Watanabe
Here is Zine Chef host Miko collecting the competitors’ offerings! The zine battle of Thomas vs Danni was well-fought, with two A7 zines created in 45 minutes using the secret ingredient: a book about shipwrecks. Photo: Rachael Kuan
We were grateful for the insights of Thomas from Sticky Institute and Simon from Format Collective during our panel discussion! Our own Rachael represented Aunty Mabel’s and Steve acted as the discussion chair. Photo: Matsu Photography
We were also grateful for the insights of Sue Byrne, who talked about the State Library’s efforts to collect and archive zines. Photo: Matsu Photography
Danni and Alina of Shiritori Press talked about their hopes, dreams and squillions of projects. They have many, many projects. Photo: Shiritori Press
These skewers were the ingenious idea of two volunteers who came in the morning and helped out with food prep. Thank you! They were delicious! Photo: Matsu Photography
Delish Ice! Your popsicles are amazing! In particular, the ginger beer flavour was popular amongst festivalgoers. Photo: Matsu Photography
And to close the festival was Heathcote Blue and his chilltastic tunes. What a relaxing conclusion to a glorious day! Photo: Emiko Watanabe