london zine symposium 2009
The London Zine Symposium yesterday was bigger and better than ever. With an apparent record number of zines, crafters, writers & distros spread across the two rooms at the Rag Factory selling their wares and celebrating DIY and zine culture.
Lucy and I arrived bang on schedule having made an effort to not be early as usual! We set up our Lazy Soosan table, complete with banner and bunting, and watched in awe as people began flowing through the doors: a veritable stream from midday right up until six o'clock.
Our manic day of prep payed off and everything went rather swimmingly. We even managed to squeeze in some precious time to make a batch of alphabet biscuits to draw in the punters! In all honesty they turned out to be more like shortcake... a slight overkill on the flour quantities, but no one was complaining and they all got gobbled up with 2 hours still to go!
It was an absolutely beautiful day despite the threats of rain from the weather forecasters, which led to somewhat tropical temperatures in the rooms, but it didn't seem to put people off one iota.
We met some lovely people and saw so many great zines - the 6 hour stint flew by without us really getting a chance to take it all in and see absolutely everything. From what we did manage to get to, highlights include Fever Zine, Bel's Art World, Shebang and Girl Photographer, to name but a few.
Not the main attraction perhaps, but definitely one worth mentioning... the floor, which i was informed had been installed sometime between last years event and this one, was rather special! A recycled school gym floor perhaps? whatever it is i seem to have come away with quite a few pictures of it! Looking down whilst walking around the room, the colours and shapes danced around your feet - very neat indeed!
So, it's all over for another year now, and a great day was had by all... roll on 2010!