This week’s pick and zine of the month is local Montreal illustrator Sarah Bourget who does dreamy portraits of women. I fell in love with her pieces the first time I saw them as they remind me a lot of myself (it’s the hair). Instead of unrealistic or idolize interperations, her work features women in modern fashions with hints of scars and emotions that give her illustrations personality. I also love the contrast of harsh black in combination with her pastel color palet. Her work can’t help but intrigue me and I am hoping very much in the future to pick up more. Her mini zine Frights is a great introduction to her work but she also has stickers, originals and prints available as well. Below will be a look at her zine and more. To picked up prints check out Society6 and the zine, and mini prints are available on Etsy. You can also follow her on Instagram or check out her website for more about her!
Over the last year I have discovered how great zines are for experiencing artist’s work in a new way and for finding out about new artists. I was behind the ball at discovery art zines but have tried to make up for it by amassed quite a lot just over the last year alone. What better way to share my newfound love of zines with you than highlight one every month that I think is worth picking up (and supporting the artist). For the first month I wanted to share with you Jon Edwards, a local Montreal photographer who does incredible work. He shoots with vintage Polaroid’s and like myself does a lot of multiple exposure photography. He has two zines, Helm Golm and Eli that feature his photography. I love the layout and rich color of his zines plus most importantly his photography is breathtaking. The only negative is each zines features a few of the same photograph on multiple pages so there is a bit of repetition. Both zines however are a great size at 5×7 and on quality paper. Probably my favourite two zines in my collection. There is a peak below of both zines and you can pick up both on Etsy!
Eli & Helm Golm by Jon Edwards
This past weekend was Montreal’s Expozine which featured individual artists and small publishers of zines, comics, and the like from Montreal and around Canada. I went on a mission to find some photography zines and see if there any interesting artist zines out there that I hadn’t heard about. Although I didn’t really find what I was looking for, I did walk away with several zines to add to my collection and discovered a few artists I wasn’t aware of before. My experience there over all was a bit mixed as it was wall to wall people so it was very overwhelming and hard to take your time viewing each table. Plus the price difference between each table as well was vast from most DIY style zines for a few dollars all the way to published books over $20. The tables were not curated and with the amount of people crowded around everywhere it was hard to really find what you were seeking. Regardless it was fun peaking at other artist’s work and even meeting them face to face. There was a much larger amount of comics and graphic novels than I accepted and lucky for me (or not so lucky for me) they were pretty much all in French or I might have left penniless. I was able to find a t-shirt and print that Victor wanted for his Anniversary present as well! I thought I’d show you my haul and where to find out more information about the artist.
Full sized and mini prints from Salgood Sam.
And to end my haul of Expozine I wanted to highlight a book I couldn’t afford but loved the look of and hope to picking up in the future by Meags Fitzgerald: