The Modern Poet: A Zine

The Modern Poet Zine by The Zine Squad

Recently I've been so immersed in designing and working with patterns, colour and photography, that I'd almost forgotten how much I love poetry.

And although I've not been writing poetry recently, words are still my poison.

I note down phrases and quotes and combinations of words that I love when I see them (yesterday I got 'faux-blithe, febrile days' - YES!), and I remember my 100 days of haiku project with fondness, yet there's been a poetic dearth this year due to other commitments.

But then a few weeks ago I received a surprise package in the mail (after a clever ploy to get my address) and when I opened the package, I knew instantly that I'd been 'zined' by the fabulous Zine Squad.

The Modern Poet Zine by The Zine Squad

I was moved beyond words when I discovered the brightly coloured, hand-bound and completely hand-made and decorated bounty inside - The Modern Poet Zine - made especially for me.

I know just how much work and love pours into a handmade work of art like this, so the fact that it was conceived and created in secret on my behalf made me feel super-special indeed. To have it to keep and treasure forever is priceless.

I also remember the thrill of taking part in a secret-zine project of my own with the group. How much fun! How time flies!

Here's a snapshot of some of the pages of The Modern Poet Zine, designed by Jules, Katie, Vanessa and Tori:

The Modern Poet Zine by The Zine Squad
The Modern Poet Zine by The Zine Squad
The Modern Poet Zine by The Zine Squad

I'm not sharing all the pages, because I'm keeping some just for myself (hint: for the zine-curious the artists themselves have shared the pages on their own sites and on social - links above).

Some more of my favourite quotes from inside include:

"Words tumble out of me like flowers or gifts"

"My dreams are like the ocean - deep and beautiful"

"I have to remind myself to think of the quiet"

The Modern Poet Zine by The Zine Squad

I love the combination of different styles of art and of writing; the bright colours and the reminiscences of the sea and the ode to the moon in the symbols on the cover.

I love the abstract art as colours morph into each other and the tactile element of different layers on the page.

I love the cut-out hearts and references to sewing and to love itself - the great poetic topic of life.

Above all, I love that this guerrilla act in the name of art has me reaching for my own art journal, also sadly neglected this year.

Currently it's the Get Messy Art Journal Season of Fairytales. I've gathered inspiration and even drawn a fairytale castle, but it's dead-end inspiration unless I make my mark on the page.

The Modern Poet Zine by The Zine Squad

The back page is the best motivation: 'It's a test. Leap.' I'm leaping!

Thank you, thank you, thank you again to the fabulous Zine Squad for my Modern Poet Zine.

Who'll be next I wonder?

Celebrating the Season of Happy!

The sun is shining today and it feels like a good time to post my latest art journal pages, inspired by the Get Messy Art Journal 'Season of Happy'.

Happiness as a concept is so different for each of us, but here's a few thoughts, images and ideas that make me feel happy"

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I love the image of blowing bubbles because it takes me back to the carefree days of being a child with wild, chaotic, outdoor summer fun.

I've used a contact sheet of thumbnail images that came with the processed analogue film from my fisheye camera - the images were all taken on the beach at St Andrews in winter but the sun was shining and the waves were crashing and it was beautiful.

Being happy is about perspectives. Viewing life through a fisheye lens certainly makes me smile!

Smiling is key to happiness I think, and I love the idea of secret doors (through the clouds, in phone boxes, odd numbers - anywhere).

The last image features a radio (sewing box) because music = 'happy' for me. Different moods require different sounds and there's nothing better than creating a playlist of happy songs or making a mix-tape for someone special.

Taking the radio into the garden conjured the idea of music 'dancing on the petals of flowers'. I love that.

I also love a well-stocked and organised craft room. Those threads in a rainbow of colours make me want to get my own sewing box out...

I've designed a new blog banner for 2016 too. It makes me happy because I love the pastel colours - mint, lilac and lemon reminiscent of spring-time and summer and flowers and leaves. Oh leaves!

Be kind, be grateful, be happy.

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