Interview: Sugar Paper Zine It’s that time of year again. The time when zine-makers pack their boxes and bags and set off on an early summer tour of festivals and symposia to share in the delights of self-publishing and DIY culture. I picked up a few treats, including a free squashed vegan cake pick-me-up from my friends at the Brighton Zine Fest stall, and bumped into The Sugar Paper zine girls, who I’d previously met at the BUST CRAFTACULAR last summer in Bethnal Green. This has been one of my favourite zines in the past year and so I was very happy to pick up the new issue with colour-in cover and a treasure chest of ideas of accessible projects to keep my hands busy over the coming month. It was a busy day so it was all quick “Hellos”, but I caught up with them later to quiz them about Sugar Paper:
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What is Sugar Paper Zine about? How did it start? Sugar Paper zine is a sort of how to guide, with 20 small things to make and do with each issue, from baking, to knitting to colouring in! It started when Kandy and I wanted to make a zine but didn't know what about, then thought how we both love crafts and then came up with the idea of a how to zine. Where are you based and where can we find the zine? We are based in Manchester. We have zines available on a few distros and shops, but you can get it directly from us at: http://sugarpaper.bigcartel.com/ Who is involved? Primarily it's the two of us (Seleena and Kandy), but we get friends to contribute from time to time. Our friend Alison Forde does most of the colour in pages. We just had a colour in cover illustrated by Bunny Williams. What is your favourite Make so far? The one I'm most proud of is the Rosie Riveter cross stitch pattern we made, I crossed stitched the actual pattern for Kandy for Christmas last year, let's just say she didn't get it until the end of January! Any big learning curves you can share with our fellow crafters? Never is a craft project too big! I've often looked at something and thought I could never make that, but you most likely can. Trick is to take a real good look, break it down and do it step by step. This especially applies when making clothes! Any happy accidents? Happy accidents always occur long after they've been done. I'll start a project then give up if it goes slightly wrong (this happens a lot), then pick something new up and find something on my discarded to do pile, that helps me long in something else! Basically happy accidents occur by not throwing anything away! Are you involved in any other craft projects? Kandy runs a small business called Knit And Destroy; http://www.knitanddestroy.co.uk/ I also make a few craft related bags and accessories. Future plans? I'm currently trying to make the transition form general crafter to applying craft in an art term, I just want to make stuff that doesn't really have a purpose but looks nice, calling it art makes it sound better! We would love to make a Sugar Paper book! What do you like to listen to while you're making stuff? It varies, and with each issue we try to include what sound tracked each one. But it's generally along the lines of indie, songs from the '90s, riot grrrl, '60s girl groups, stuff On Kill Rock Stars and K records that sort of thing. Anything else you would like to add? I'm trying to put together a collection of coloured in Velvet art pictures, got any, get in touch: sugarpaperzine@hotmail.com or follow the blog: http://sugarpapergang.blogspot.com London Zine Symposium: http://www.londonzinesymposium.org.uk *** The 405 Craft Update: Interviewing and reviewing contemporary makers, organisers and craftivists all over this planet. If you have anything you feel is worth sharing please get in contact with me at: feltup.craftclub@googlemail.com
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