Karishma's World

Multidisciplinary Design Studio

Karishma's World is a Multidisciplinary Design Studio.

Designing a Zine (Live project)

My friend Kylie from Odd One Out (Hong Kong) has been the main inspiration behind my move to set up a design zine to talk about recent developments in my projects but also to highlight design finds and inspiration.  There seems to be a big zine culture in Hong Kong and Kylie has been creating them for quite some time. Most recently, she has taken part in HKZPF - Hong Kong Zine & Print Fest. Kylie's zines are always hilarious with quirky illustrations and vibrant colours.

Image: HKPFZ

Image: HKPFZ

Image: Kylie Chan Illustration

Image: Kylie Chan Illustration

So... what is a zine? 

It's a self-published small circulation magazine with a strong element of DIY.  The DIY part is of course a lot easier when it is a printed publication as it's much easier to see how you would do something that is actually more physically hands-on.  With a digital publication, it's slightly different.  My thoughts on this are to bring a much more personal voice to the zine - a non-commercial, non-corporate one with personal advice and recommendations.  A zine is very much about finding your voice and then using it in a creative way - whether that's using humour or doing something more formal.  Your zine should have a theme or overall objective and your distinct style should develop from there. 

My first online zine circulated by email

My first online zine circulated by email

What's on my to-do list for the new zine

1. Content - A mix of what's going on with my projects and collections, my design and event recommendations and other interesting bits and bobs like playlists and recipes.    

2. Artwork - I'm going to try and use as much original artwork as possible which may require more photographs and/or illustration work on my part - which will be fun but which I will have to make time for. 

3. Sharing - As well as my subscriber list, I'd like to set up a section on this website, (or even within this blog) for the zine.  I'm considering doing a printed edition too in 2018, but it'll be trying to figure out how to keep it hands-on and easy to print. 

Look out for the next zine releasing this December. You can subscribe below to get in delivered to your inbox.

What I learned during Belfast Design Week

Belfast Design Week generates a lot of new ideas and thoughts for participants, but also for us organisers. We are just as excited as anyone else to hear from our speakers, to see how projects have developed year on year and to see Belfast being celebrated as a city of design.   I took some mental and physical notes throughout the week and here are some of my highlights.


DESIGN AS A TOOL FOR PROTEST

Marina Esmeraldo for Refinery 29 (Image: Marina Esmeraldo)

Marina Esmeraldo for Refinery 29 (Image: Marina Esmeraldo)

Alice Kearney and Alice Muir at Studio HAWRAF'S A-Z Workshop (Image: Megan Conlon)

Alice Kearney and Alice Muir at Studio HAWRAF'S A-Z Workshop (Image: Megan Conlon)

Marina Esmeraldo's work at Design Camp was a great showcase into how design could be used to create social and political change. To make a statement and to communicate a message.  Using design as a tool for protest is becoming particularly relevant now with social media being the medium through which people are expressing their voices - for example the #metoo


BIG THINGS HAPPENING FOR A SMALL CITY

There's nothing like a design talk to be reminded of how many amazing companies have been founded and grown here in Belfast and how some of them are actually working on great international projects, take for example, Big Motive working with Net-A-Porter.


SLOW LIVING

ASTRL Fibres at 25 Pop Up

ASTRL Fibres at 25 Pop Up

Design Thinking at ArtsEkta

Design Thinking at ArtsEkta

As we rushed through Design Week, I felt myself not "slow living" at all. However I noticed that so many of the events and speakers had this year started looking at slow living and practising a mindful life outside of design. This also extended to beyond the self, to acknowledgement of others - whether it was the women design entrepreneurs at Womenfolk, the young designers at Designers of the Future or the refugees and asylum seekers at Design Thinking. In a small city, we should be collaborators rather than competitors.  Our competition lies outside Belfast in the wider world. 


A FRESH APPROACH TO DESIGN

I just loved the approach HAWRAF had to being inventive - to thinking outside the box with the use of workshops or side projects to come up with new ideas.  Even their name generates conversations - how on earth do you pronounce it? (Apparently HAW like RAW and RAF like RAFT without the T).  


A big, genuine THANK YOU to everyone that got involved in a big or small way. A huge thanks to everyone who volunteered your efforts - 'cos let's face it, you didn't have to but you did. Cheers! 


Oh, and I have started a monthly zine. This month's one has been sent out, but you can sign up to catch the next one full of Xmas treatz:

 

 

 

Printables Artwork

Alongside my own design work, I also take on commissions for freelance design.  I don't normally blog about these, but I thought it was about time I started talking about this side of my design practice too 'cos I have lots of fun doing them.  I was excited to work on I Challenge You Printables for Caroline Healy this summer - a . I'd previously branded The Green Sprig tea series for her a couple of years ago - a lovely selection of herbal teas sourced and mixed by Caroline. 

Caroline is a talented author, yogi and entrepreneur and wanted to combine her passion for all three of these things in the printables. We looked at inspiration from her surroundings on the scenic Clare Island, the styling and look of some of her favourite artists and came up with something unique and personal.  We thought it would be lovely to combine subtle ink washes and more graphic pattern-work together and carry this across all of her printables.  

The Ultimate Life Audit - the first part of I Challenge You Printables is currently sold out.  I'll post up a link here when it is back on sale for you to check out.

Here's a selection of the artwork created in the lead up to the book some of which made its way to the final draft!  


Follow Caroline on Instagram at @ichallengeyouprintables