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Healing Through Zines

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$12 – $18

Hands-on classes in the Book Arts studio! 

Receive an art supply kit and create a personalized zine in this workshop!

Zines and indie publishing have always been a way for non-mainstream groups and their experiences to be shared. Historically they are self published or printed in short runs. Content includes fandoms, comics, music, art, poetry, and stories. Whether made by one person or a group, zines raise marginalized voices and give space for BIPOC, disabled, LGBTQI+, and other communities to find strength in shared experiences.

Using zines to explore traumatic experiences gives a low pressure outlet for expressing feelings. First, we will create a safe space through breathing exercises and physical introductions. Those foundations will be used throughout the workshop. Next we introduce the 8-page structure and the probing questions that will be used to inspire their content. Finally we finish and share our zines.

Things to note:
• Makers of all skill levels are welcome. This class is suitable for ages 12+
• All necessary tools to participate are provided.
• Please read our ‘Plan Your Visit’ page to review our health & safety procedures.

Any questions about the class please email [email protected]

Your class fee includes a FREE kit of art supplies ($50 value): 12 fine line markers, scissors, glue stick, lettering stencils, 12 color set Prismacolor pencils, and a sharpener plus a kit to store it in.

All materials for this event are provided.  This workshop was made possible through the generous support of the SERG Grant: “Reimagine: I am the Change”, WNY field office – NYS Office of Mental Health, CULTURE, Inc.

HOSTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 2nd ANNUAL ZINEFEST! – Sunday, August 18th – find out more here!


What is a Zine?

The word zine has come to represent a range of small-batch, DIY, “magazine-like” publications in terms of form and content.

ZINE (n): pronounced “zeen”

A zine is a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches. Zines are created and bound in many DIY ways, but traditionally editions are easily reproduced—often by crafting an original “master flat,” and then photocopying, folding, and stapling the pages into simple pamphlets. Zines may also be sewn, taped, glued—or even exist in unbound and other non-folio formats. The main rule is that there are no rules!

People who create zines [“zinesters”] are likely to be more motivated by self-expression and artistic passion than they are by profit: zines are usually inexpensive and sometimes distributed for free or in trade for other zines, goods, and services. The history of zines is vast and fascinating..

Zines can touch on a variety of topics from music and art, to politics, sexuality, humor and personal memoir. Their content may be written, drawn, printed, collaged, or any other form of combining words and imagery—a zine’s structure may be narrative, journalistic, comic-like, or completely abstract.


Laura Chenault is an interdisciplinary artist creating art from a feminist and a post-modernist perspective. She has a BFA in photography from the University of Illinois. The disciplines she works in are photography, collage, book arts, installation art, performance, printmaking, and film making. In addition to making art, she is passionate about building communities, sharing skills, mentoring, and teaching.

She owns Laurel Tree Bindery specializing in one of a kind books and short print runs of poetry chapbooks, art books, short stories, children’s books, genealogies & memoirs, custom wedding & baby books, and photo books.


August 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12 – $18
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Laura Chenault


WNY Book Arts Center
468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203 United States
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