A ‘zine is a small magazine with a circulation limited to 1,000 copies or less. Often xeroxed and assembled by hand, âzinesâ have served as an alternative means of communication and sharing.
âZines are rooted in a true ‘do it yourself’ philosophy, often with hand-drawn elements sharing personal stories.
I published a zine in the early 1980s for almost a decade. It included art, collages and poetry as well as music reviews. It has become a way to interact with poets and artists from all over the country. It was a wonderful outlet as it connected me with others and we felt we had a place where sharing our unique art and language was safe and welcome.
The spirit of the ‘zine is alive and well in Hutchinson. An entourage of local artists has been creating a zine called “Crude” for over ten years. The team behind this post has also grown a business that encompasses the inherent philosophies of the zine: foundation, creativity, and community.
Emilio Martinez, one of the three founders of Crude ‘zine and Crude Media describes their beginnings.
âCrude Zine started with a few of us who wanted to collectively bring our artwork to town through a DIY zine. This inspiration came from seeing what other artist groups were doing. We’ve shown artwork, linked people to movies made by our friends, given a place where people can post their writings or recipes, we’ve promoted concerts and local businesses, âhe said. .
The evolution of the paper version of Crude to a business model was an organic transition.
âCrude has grown from a free magazine to a nonprofit idea and ultimately to a business. The biggest evolution came from pushing him into a multimedia production company. Everything before was just the magazine that relied on artist submissions. Although we accepted donations, we did not expect any payment for the magazines. Said Rodrigo Velazquez, also founder of the company.
Crude Media is managed by Velazquez, Martinez and Sage Pina.
Crude Media is a multimedia cooperative that provides photography, videography, design and marketing services to regional businesses. Crude is made up of artists and creators who help entrepreneurs with a variety of business needs.
Crude also creates collaborations with local musicians in their 1st Ave Sessions, which can be found on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CrudeMedia620. Also check out all other creative endeavors.
âMy favorite part of rough is that it suits all skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or a vet, we have made a home for everyone to coincide and grow together. Crude is always being inspired to create things that motivate people to create. Â»Explains Sage Pina, one of the three founders.
The development of such creativity can be difficult in a small community.
âBut the important thing is to realize that in the 21st century, we have the opportunity to connect with people who are not part of our community. We can exist here while being able to go beyond our borders, âsaid Velazquez.
âHaving a smaller community and working with a lot of the same people over the years really makes the collaboration or working on these projects better and the outcome better. I think having this small community and the right people seeing your vision has really helped us get to where we are, âMartinez said.
To preview what Crude is all about, the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington, will be exhibiting Crude Zines and Cover Art April 15-29.
Those who come to visit are encouraged to bring their own art submission which will be used for the interactive exhibit and a future zine. Submissions can be artwork, photographs, recipes, movie / music reviews, event announcements, show flyers, poetry, comics, creative writing or to advertise of your local small business. Submission dimensions should not exceed one 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper and all writings / poems / recipes should not exceed 250 words.