Making a Zine, Typing Pool Party

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The Typing Pool Party was unlike any pool party I have been to before. Typewriters in all colours festooned the tables of the Cavern, awaiting the creative stylings of Exeter’s best and brightest. This brought out different things in everyone – from diary-style writings about one’s life, to random thoughts, to chaotic Dadaist collections of words or phrases. In my case, naturally, this involved complaining about my job. (When you work in Pensions, a lot of your time gets taken up with complaining about your job).

I was talking to Maddy and Paul about zines on the first Wonderful Grotto, and they suggested that I come back the next week and make one myself. This is something I had been meaning to do for a long time. I went through various ideas during the week, but nothing seemed quite right. However, when I came back Maddy suggested I make portraits of the people in the Cavern that afternoon. This was perfect in its simplicity – and I’d brought my felt-tips so I was already prepared. I have often wanted to do more portraits of people, but I’ve rarely had the excuse.

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Other people of all ages were making their own zines – from collaging images to adding captions to photos of cats. Maddy and Paul provided a wealth of images collected over the years from newspapers and magazines, alongside other craft materials for us to use. It was nice to be able to make these things without any particular pressure and have them on the table at the end of the project.