‘Zines and Paper Dreams’ with Artizine’s Ioana Simion

7 March 2021

Ioana Simion is the creative brains behind Artizine UK, a not for profit initiative which aims to connect communities together through zine-making workshops, kits, and creative activities.

She kindly agreed to join us at our latest meeting to share her insights into collaboration and the vision behind her zine-making initiative. Below we’ve shared some of her insights:

On collaboration:

“First, just think around you. Who can you immediately contact, and then their friends, and then the friends of their friends. And that’s kind of how I sparked my collaborations. And then Instagram is great. But with Instagram you do have to build a relationship with people. So the workshops I do now were just based around following each other, being active in each others feeds and stuff like that. I really love seeing stuff, so I pretty much follow everyone back who is a creative. And I really I’m just generally interested. So like, I comment I, I share on my stories… And I would like to think that Instagram is about building genuine connections and communities. People would be surprised that you don’t really have to come from the same industry to actually make something together.

On her live Artizine workshops:

Reusing and recycling:

“In our real life workshops, everything is sourced from donations. We will usually have like a pile of scraps. So we will never really use magazines and stuff like that. It will just be scraps, really, packaging, anything that we can reinvent and reinterpret. It’s all about hacktivism and craftivism.

Creating a safe space/environment:

“It’ll be quite a safe group. I like more intimate sessions. So we’ll be maybe 5, 6, 7 people. Because then, you know, the storytelling is a very important part of the workshop. I want people to feel like they belong and just be together, because I think just the act of getting together is quite political, in a way. Sometimes people really don’t want to talk and it’s okay because when you’re zine-making you’re quite into your own creative process, and a lot of people are very just immersed in that. So I just like letting them be like and saying “yeah, you can chill, it’s fine.” Some of the workshops will be quite long, actually. If there was someone that really enjoyed being in the space, I would just sit there for like three hours, you know, if I had the time.”

The Artizine ethos:

“I would say at the beginning of the session, “everything is free, you don’t have to give any money. But if you want, you can leave your zine at the end”. As in, “this is my creation. It’s part of Artizine now”. And You can come and create, you can bring back donations, or you can leave your zine. So we have this little archive of scenes. And it’s kind of like every workshop is a time capsule. When I look back at them, I know the person. You know, I remember Chloe – she did that beautiful zine. And it kind of just sits in my memory. And it’s very beautiful. It’s very close.”

On what’s next for Artizine:

“I’ve just started on these artist collaboration kits, which I’m super excited about. So I invite an illustrator to create a piece of art and then we sort of create a story around the artwork. So then you get an original art work and zine kit together, which I thought was quite cool. The first one that I’ve created with my good friend and illustrator Karolina Trhonova of 3 Angles Art is based around folklore and myth. I don’t want Artizine to just be about zine-making. I want it to be about music, anything that my friends are doing and people are interested in, but related back to zines of course.”

On the value of zine-making:

“What I love about zine-making is the accessibility. Everybody can make a zine and feel empowered. I love it because it’s based around unheard voices and unheard narratives, and I think this is what we need nowadays.”

Want to find out more? Why not connect with Artizine UK over on Instagram or Facebook? And be sure to check out Artizine’s upcoming Zoom workshop…we’ll see you there!


The top 50 places to find creative opportunities & events

Assemblage members got together to brainstorm the websites, platforms, pages, and resources they use most when hunting for creative opportunities and events.

  1. Arts Jobs
  2. Art Fund
  3. Create Jobs
  4. The Dots
  5. Skillshare
  6. Youtube craft tutorials
  7. @collageclubldn (Instagram)
  8. Dezeen (for architecture projects and events)
  9. 100 day studio by Architecture Foundation (online talks)
  10. The Architecture Social (invite only group)
  11. Eventbrite
  12. LinkedIn
  13. Art UK (good events and content and often have work experience opportunities)
  14. Indeed
  15. Association of Art Historians (especially on Twitter where they retweet very useful opportunities)
  16. Doctoral and Early Career Research Network (Twitter)
  17. The Courtauld Research Forum (Twitter)
  18. British Journal of Photography (BJP – online and published journal)
  19. Daisie – (like The Dots, good for collaborations, they do regular talks by creative professionals)
  20. Canva – (free templates/layouts for social media)
  21. WeTransfer and WeCollect (online tool to share files, can easily be saved in folders with WeCollect)
  22. Calls for Entries website (art and photography calls, some paid entries but also free, large range of opportunities including competitions, exhibitions, funding, portfolio reviews, residencies, and workshops)
  23. Creative Access (job and internship listings)
  24. Spread the Word (Twitter – they post a lot of writing/publishing/submission opportunities)
  25. Instagram (if you follow a lot of magazines and artists, a lot of calls for submissions end up popping up in your story ads)
  26. Facebook events (actually really useful for local neighbourhood events that aren’t well known to be featured anywhere else)
  27. Twitter (for their independent magazine accounts. They post a lot of their calls for submissions on there)
  28. It’s Nice That (an online platform for designers – they also have a separate section called ‘If You Could’ for job hunting)
  29. Facebook Groups (there are endless groups devoted to creative people meeting up for a job or passion project. People will frequently post events or private jobs they might need help with)
  30. StarNow (a site devoted to low budget music video/acting/filmmaking/photography jobs and can be a good way to meet new creative groups)
  31. Journo Resources (their newsletter is really useful newsletter for job opportunities)
  32. Young Journalist Community (a group on Facebook for advice, support, and opportunities)
  33. The Entry Level Audio Network (opportunities for people with little to no experience in work such as radio or podcasts)
  34. Media beans 
  35. The Creative Independent (advice, articles and information on creative work such as zine making)
  36. Team London (for volunteering opportunities)
  37. Museums Association
  38. Leicester Museum Job Board 
  39. Art Quest
  40. Art Net
  41. Seb’s List 
  42. The Barbican email newsletter
  43. National Theatre email newsletter
  44. University alumni careers pages 
  45. Art Rabbit
  46. The Tetley newsletter and events page
  47. University of Cambridge Museums vacancy/opportunities page
  48. Creative Jobs Board (Instagram)
  49. Creative Debuts (Instagram)
  50. Run the Check (Instagram)