Chen Jen and the Fu-Hsing High School art class
Designing a Personal Zine
25 Volumes of Printed Zines
In this collaboration with the Fu-Hsing High School art class, students are guided in a silk-screen printing course to create a zine. Through the freedom of expression in a zine format, they record issues of concern, events on the school campus, ideas and thoughts in these chapters of their youth. Zines, or small magazines, are independent publications with the purpose of expressing ideas rather than for profit. The development of zines is closely tied to underground music, subculture, and social movements. They are a malleable form of self-expression, with a lot of freedom in theme and content, and no set format in reproduction. The zine was chosen as main creative content for collaboration with the Fu-Hsing High School art class for its characteristic of openness, and its potential for instigating future trends and for stimulating the development of subcultures. Zine creator and concept store owner Chen Jen has been invited to the print coursework of the art class to introduce a variety of zines as reference, and then to guide the students in designing a zine of their own.