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No rules .. Artist Rachel Fenton (left) and Forrester Gallery engagement and education officer Elizabeth King are impressed with all the zines people have been creating. PHOTO: RUBY HEYWARD

The great thing about creating zines is there are no rules and no bounds, artist Rachel Fenton says.

Since October 12, Fenton has been holding a series of workshops, guiding people through the process of making a zine.

“A lot of people won’t know what a zine is, and I think that’s a good thing,” she said.

“The problem of when you do know what something is you tend to do something in the box.”

Basing it off the traditional idea, a zine was a single piece of paper folded into a book and offered a way for people to self publish, Fenton said.

Fenton first started making zines when she entered and won an Auckland University technology graphic fiction prize, and entered the “zine scene”.

Now she had brought the scene to Oamaru.

Each school holidays, the Forrester Gallery held an activity that coincided with the Burns Memorial Exhibition – this year it was the zine workshops.

It was an opportunity for people to get together in the gallery to do something creative and share ideas.

Though not necessarily true in New Zealand, galleries were often hallow places that did not encourage an active engagement with art, she said.

“I like anything that blurs the line between art and underground culture.”

From potato men to lockdown tips, adults and children had been jumping at the chance to express themselves with zines at the Forrester Gallery workshops.

“If you can hold a crayon, go for it. Who am I to say what is and isn’t a zine?” Fenton said.

She hoped to see a future for zines in Oamaru.

“It would be nice if people decided to keep making zines when they go home, and maybe there will be a zine festival here.”

The final workshop would be held today, from 10am to 12pm, at the Forrester Gallery.