Tiny Splendor

Tiny Splendor publishes risograph zines and art books, mostly illustrative based and a small collection of photo books.

City:Los Ángeles
  • Photography
  • Illustration

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What are your current zines about?

Most of our zines are illustrative based with some additional photo based zines. All our zines are risographed at our studios in Los Angeles and Berkeley. We exhibit a verity of different artist that we publish.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Digital
  • Other

What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?

  • Stapled
  • Saddlestitched
  • Other

When did you start making zines ... and why?

We started making zines about 5 years ago in the East Bay. We are all living there and printmaking and photocopying zines. We started a collective with the help of our friends. We would post up at parks and sidewalks vending zines, patches and prints. We got a hold of a risograph and it kinda snow-balled from there. Zines are a good way for us to keep our love for printmaking alive.

How do you create your zine content?

We mostly ask artist if they want to make a zine and publish it by making an edition of zines. We also work on our own personal artwork and about once a year we ask friends to contribute in anthologies. It's super fun!

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

It's a form of expression... whatever you want to say and put out in the world it can be simply made with printed sheets of paper and a couple of staples. A little piece of you out there and multiplied.

What does the future of zines and independent publishing look like to you?

We really don't know haha

What was your first zine called? What was it about?

I can't remember what our first zine was, but i remember a silkscreen zine we made over 5 years ago. We would have potlucks at our apartment and the table would be covered with a brown craft paper. Our friends would eat, party and just draw on the table. It would be covered with food stains and weird ideas. We scanned all the drawing, and process it to be screen printed. It was a great process of collecting memories of those simpler times.

What is your favorite part of making zines?

The print process, seeing how the inks interact and make the content/illustration come all together at the end. It' all a satisfying practice.