In Pursuit of Happiness: Pinhole Zine

When you work for a big media network (like I used to), it doesn’t take long before you get a bit jaded. The big career job (say, the best job you reckon you would ever score) starts to feel like all the other jobs. You get overwhelmed, tired and fed up and that nagging little feeling that you are not fulfilling your own creative needs can be a pain in the butt. As a professional creative, I’ve been there, every step up the ladder took me to the same spot. Meh.

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting some talented folk who’ve been working their talented behinds off to fight back.

I have been looking for some star peeps to interview and I’m excited to introduce these guys. So without further ado…

Say hello to Pinhole. Handmade Zines crafted with love, virtue & blisters.

       Pinhole Zine  

Who or What is Pinhole?

Pinhole is a Sydney based collaborative project between like-minded friends exploring our intentions, artistic experimentation and sharing our experiences. We come from a mixed background within the creative industry but at the heart of it all – we are story tellers. To us, stories illustrate matters and show possibilities on any subject matter.

The project is run by three creatives. Porlin Chin – art director/designer, Parry Yang – doodle artist/jewellery maker and Pauline Haber – writer.

Pinhole is self published and a hand crafted zine. New content presented old school. With the digital age and ipads, retro is back in. We don’t want to lose that feeling of holding something tangible in your hands while reading something unique that won’t burn your eyes.

Pinhole is a collective focused on perspective.

Pinhole Zine

Whose idea was it? What were your inspirations for this project?

Pinhole was born out of our frustrations and stress of the fast-paced pressure of the nine to five working life that we have all come to know as the norm. We felt the need to create something for ourselves to keep our inner artist alive and hold true to the common goal of making the time to work on your personal projects.

Pinhole is about how we see the world uncensored. It’s the freedom to tell it like it is, without fear of judgement. We express ourselves completely without any restrictions on creativity.

How long did it take to go from idea to inception?

We started over coffee two years ago. One conversation turned into one zine and now three years later we are still at it, poor as anything and out of pocket every time. Two zines on and our hunger to create has gotten stronger and we have formed a website. To continue we have to work smart not harder so we are looking for backers and business smarts to help aid in funding.

Pinhole Zine

What were your challenges pulling together the first issue?

Being a self published and hand crafted zine you can only imagine the number of hours of love and labour that have been put into making these hard cover zines.  Being a new zine I guess our biggest challenge was to get people to notice us and to submit to our zine. We knew that if people liked the first zine that we could get a following for future issues and that was the main goal – to be able to make another zine!

Apart from the submissions we faced challenges such as finding proper paper resource supplies, printing, finding proof readers, and working towards a timeline to get all the zines hand made in time for release.

How many people are involved and how do you source your contributors?

We aim to publish two zines a year and we invite submissions from aspiring writers / designers / photographers /illustrators / music aficionados / creative all-rounders who want to contribute so they have a voice an outlet where they can be read, where they can freely express what they like and feel that they have contributed to something that will be read.

Pinhole Zine

The content mainly comes from young people and the outer public with a stew for art and design. We then collate, edit and design it based on how it fits the theme.

These are hand bound, who does it and how long does it all take?

Porlin does the most of it but we all contribute. We have regular get togethers alternating between each other’s houses or a cafe to run through ideas for future issues. Once we start making the zines we set up a mini workshop area and hand cut the pages as well as hand bind each book to make our zine. The first issue took about 1.5-2 hours to make because it was an accordion fold. Let’s just say we won’t be doing another accordion fold for awhile. haha

Pinhole Zine

What learnings have you taken from the process?

After publishing two issues we feel that we have succeeded on a personal level and we would like to take it further. We would love to experiment with a new book binding method for each zine but this does take time so we need to find a way to make the binding faster.

What’s in the next issue, when is it due?

Our 3rd volume closes for submissions this Friday 5th April. We present ‘The Catch’ – The devil is in the details.

Often referring to a catch or mysterious elements hidden in the details. You can have it all, but you better read the fine print. We explore the dark side of a good thing and vice versa. So what is the catch for you?

Volume 3 is set to be finished mid May 2013 just in time for the MCA Zine Fair which will be held Sunday 26th May. Come visit us there.

Any other plans?

Not just yet. We all have full time jobs. We do this for the love 🙂

Pinhole Zine

Where can we find Pinhole?

We don’t have a permanent shop front as Pinhole is not available on major newsstands. The easiest way to get a copy is to order it online from our website or visit an independent art & design shop which you can find on the stockiest page on our website. Currently we are stocked at Beautiful Pages Graphic Design Book Store on Oxford Street.


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  1. Margaret says:

    Sounds brilliant. I love reading things that I can touch rather than just on screen. 🙂

    • Me too, I get excited in paper shops and bookstores, they smell different and with these babies, you know they’ve taken a lot of time to pop together.

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