zine love: the french issue by lee tran lam…
Posted in france, paris, pia's photos June 23rd, 2010 by pia

The world of zines is quite new to me. Sure, I’d heard the term floating around the blogosphere but I never really began grasping the concept until I read about the MCA zine fair via Ebony and Lee Tran Lam, two über creative Sydney-siders (although Ebony has just moved to Tokyo, I can’t wait for her Tokyo blog posts!) who never fail to produce beautiful zines. A few months ago, Lee Tran asked if I would mind contributing to her latest zine and the other day, I received her zine masterpiece. It happened to be a lovely sunny day so I made myself a cup of tea and took her zine out on the front deck of the boat, quietly reading each page…

I’m hear to tell you it is an absolute treat – a piece of art in itself. There are fabulous intimate interviews from French folk and French enthusiasts interspersed by Lee Tran’s personal French experiences as well as clever quotes & beautiful images, illustrations and sticky notes. The amount of work that Lee Tran has put in to producing these handmade zines is evident with each turn of each page. So absorbed I was by the details and conversations that by the time I got to my interview I had completely forgotten about my contribution. What an honour it feels to be a part of it…

Lee Tran sold out of her zines at the recent MCA zine fair but has been busy making another batch for those interested so I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy now before she sells out again. They are only AUS$10 each with shipping (so probably about AUS$15 in total to ship overseas) and you can buy them directly from Lee Tran by emailing her here.

Thank you Lee Tran for thinking of me for this special issue, I’m absolutely wrapped to be featured and I wish you all the best with your upcoming creative endeavours. Also, I can’t wait for our next breakfast date!

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  1. Mandy says

    Oh, it looks wonderful, I will be ordering one right away, can’t wait to see your contribution.

    June 23rd, 2010 | #

  2. Maia says

    Gorgeous, Pia! A really good zine is indeed a rare work of art. I am loving that Paris rooftops illustration…when I was in Rome I couldn’t stop doing quick sketches of the rooftops in pen. I came home with a whole notebook full of them.

    June 23rd, 2010 | #

  3. Tiffany says

    Love that first photo!



    June 23rd, 2010 | #

  4. theaxx says

    hmmm… i take it you strongly disliked spoonful in this case. any constructive criticism?

    June 24th, 2010 | #

  5. linda dacey says

    The work involved producing a zine is in no way reflected by the price tag. In our mass produced world how refreshing that creatives share in this way… Linda

    June 24th, 2010 | #

  6. pia says

    linda – that is exactly how I feel, nicely put.

    theaxx – wow, what?! I’m sorry you thought that because I posted about lee tran’s zine that it meant I don’t like yours.

    maia – beautiful, I would love to see your rome rooftop sketches!

    mandy, great!

    June 24th, 2010 | #

  7. theaxx says

    whew… okay.. .still… open to constructive criticism 🙂

    June 25th, 2010 | #

  8. Emma says

    I was so happy to glimpse an hour of free time to sit with Lee’s zine too – I was lucky enough to find a copy at the MCA Zine Fair. I felt like I was reading a dear friend’s journal… it was an amazing world to escape to!

    June 29th, 2010 | #

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