Turning My Sketches Into a Process Book
As I decided that I wanted to make a publication to fulfil the process book/film element, I thought it best to a good idea to create a reflection of my visual exploration throughout the brief by representing my sketches and creating a zine that is an extension or compilation from my sketchbook.
When I thought about the concept of a sketchbook zine, I instantly thought of Daniel Jamie Williams’ sketchbook drawings and how he uses these to put together zines. I’ve never really thought about how sketches can come together as a publication and the fact that he fills the page with small drawings makes looking through it feels as though you’re physically looking through his sketchbook.
Going through my sketches for selection comprised mostly of drawings taken from my mark making experiments. I really wanted to showcase these illustrations as the foundations of the new Southampton I have created. After placing them on designated pages using InDesign, I thought to begin experimenting with printing and also the particular kind of text I wanted to use, if any.
At this moment, I hadn’t decided on paper stock so seeing how the document printed beforehand on printer paper was helpful so that when I did decide, I wouldn’t have to worry about messing up expensive paper. Which was just as well because I printed about 20 trials, all of which went wrong; pages printed in the wrong order, some upside down because of the error I made with my printer and having it not flip on the short edge.
After my experimentation, I chose to make some final decisions in order to print a final publication. Riso printing enhances pencil drawings and would work well with my sketchbook zine concept but being aware of my own budget, I decided I would print using my inkjet.
I was aware of how rubbish inkjet printing can look but then remembered my visit to Shepherd’s, a paper and binding shop, where a range of paper stock is sold – for inkjet as well as other digital printing. The paper I ended up choosing there was flower paper, which was slightly textured (reminding me of the paper in my sketchbook) and had flower petals in it. My reasons for choosing this paper were to enhance the underlying narrative of Southampton, emerging from nature and then being recaptured by it, much like that of Netley Abbey in Spike Island.
Because of how I printed my zine, I decided that to bind my zine as simply as possible using the saddle stitch method (below).
I called the zine “This Is Non-Place” making direct reference to the abstract quote by Owen Hatherly in New Ruins which sparked the creation of the new city I made. I couldn’t commit to what should be on the front cover so I just decided to keep it plain as well as the back cover. I took an abstract ink drawing I did and printed that onto some tracing paper to wrap around the cover. Although I do think I need to reprint the publication, bind with stronger thread and thicker tracing paper for the cover or at least have an acetate layer to protect it from being damaged.