Grab Bag Studio


Our zines are uniquely hand made by Long Beach artists that focus on the local landscape, science and technology, information, art history, local history, drawing and painting, and many more great topics. Grab Bag Studio is a collective founded in Long Beach by five working female artists, showing other local artists as well.

  • 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?
  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Cut-and-paste
  • Photocopying
  • Screenprinting
What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?
  • Stapled
  • Hand-stitched
How do you feel that are zines important in terms of independent media and publishing?

Zines have been a great way to inspire many different types of people in an artistic and educational setting throughout the years, and I believe this fortunately builds the interest in printed materials in a digitally focused world. From the New York Book Fair's success moving it to the LA Book Fair, and fueling the engine of zine fairs happening in the west coast, LA, SF, all those great places. We are so lucky. Zines are healthy ways of sharing information at low cost, fast. I personally think DIY (zines) means safety to a lot of people.

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

Just start creating, xeroxing, drawing, cutting and pasting - don't hesitate. Research how to make 8 fold zines, and different folding techniques. Break boundaries. Create piles of things that interest you, or you believe to be important information. Perhaps tell a story, or show a way you see something. Dream big.

Is there anything else you want people know about you or your zines?

We are a collective founded in Long Beach, California, by five female artists. My name is Shea Vititow, I was born in the Central Valley California, in a rural dairy town. I like to tell stories about local history and biographies that I think are interesting, but not widely known. I am also a painter first and foremost, and take photos and paint the local landscape of the LA and surrounding areas.

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