New Fanzine Creation Workshop!

Wednesday afternoons. October 7, 14, 21 and 28 and November 4 and 11, 2015.
Last fall, Folie/Culture offered a brand-new Fanzine Creation Workshop with priority registration for people who have or have had a mental health problem. Presented in collaboration with Maison des métiers d’art de Québec (MMAQ), the activity was led by two artists, Olivier Bhérer-Vidal and Marie Gilbert.

What is a fanzine ?
The word fanzine is a contraction of the words “fan” and “magazine.” It is a short, limited edition DIY publication, traditionally made by “fans” on a particular theme. Fanzines, often known simply as “zines,” are created without a model or restrictions by enthusiasts who want to display their work and share their vision, and have greatly evolved since their beginnings in the 1930s. Some zines are veritable works of art.

Folie/Culture offered a workshop where each participant could start creating their own fanzine while freely expressing themselves through images and/or words. For artist Olivier Bhérer-Vidal, the focus was on exploring and experimenting with various creative techniques and media such as drawing, writing, collage and binding.

Olivier Bhérer-Vidal lives and works in Quebec City. He studied visual arts at Université Laval and textile design at MMAQ, and is trained in graphic design. Recent solo exhibitions were presented at VU (2014) and Regart (2012). He is the founder of Salon Nouveau Genre de Québec, a regular art and craft fair he still coordinates, and with Marie Gilbert is half of the artistic duo Les Raboussiers, well-known for their fanzine production.

Visual artist, author and storyteller, Marie Gilbert writes stories and creates illustrated books, prints and paper designs. She has exhibited in Quebec and France, and her publications have been distributed in Quebec, Europe and Scandinavia. Her tale Les Enneigés was adapted for the theatre and presented at Premier Acte in October 2015. She lives and works in Quebec City.

Dates: Wednesday afternoons. October 7, 14, 21 and 28 and November 4 and 11, 2015.

This workshop was made possible through the financial support of the City of Quebec and Québec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Entente de développement culturel.

Photo credit: Marie Gilbert