Arif Qazi


My work is influenced by my immigrant roots and upbringing, covering race, identity, and social justice. I want my work to be a conduit to talk about important issues and current events. I am working on a few different zines experimenting with storytelling and making prints with Risograph. Woo hoo!

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  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
What methods do you use to make your zine?
  • Screenprinting
  • Digital
When did you start making zines ... and why?

I started making Zines in 2015. Making Zines was a way for me to share my drawings, thoughts, stories and observations with others. It was a great exercise to put my work into a collection and have theme, it pushed me as an artist and creator. I recommend it to everyone.

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

At first my biggest problem was controlling production. Finding a way to reliably print zines control the print quality, cost. Right now, it is more about reaching my own deadlines and keeping myself accountable. I keep giving myself new challenges to overcome, right now I want to try a new binding that will be harder to produce but it will look great.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

Start with anything. It doesn’t have to anything special, it could be anything, write about it, your opinion, it can be art, collage, mixed media and then share it. I feel like we can be precious at times with our ideas and thoughts, you can be precious with it and revise it every time you do it. First time does not have to be perfect.

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